KAORU KAKIZAKAI GAVE A SHAKUHACHI CONCERT ON 29 SEPTEMBER 2012. IT WAS ORGANIZED BY THE PHOENIX AZ SHAKUHACHI FRIENDS AND HELD IN CHANDLER. Beyond the amazing music, I really enjoyed seeing the faces of the audience. I had set up my video camera and was seated off to the side. From my position, it was easy to see the audience's faces. We had a large number of people who'd never heard the shakuhachi before. There was also about half-dozen shakuhachi players in the crowd. The faces went from almost jaw dropping awe and steady fixed gazes to those that had a child-like glow to their face.
We had a nice turnout and after the concert, Kakizakai hung out and answered questions.
Kakizakai did get to be a tourist while he was here in the Phoenix area. Barbara showed him around and he even met some of the locals. If you like the sound of the shakuhachi or are just interested in it please check out our web site http://phoenixazshakuhachi.com/ for more information. We have monthly gatherings where everyone is welcome even if you've never seen a shakuhachi, come on out.