Noon Hour Online Concert: The Shakuhachi, reconnecting in one soundExport this event to calendar

Wednesday, January 26, 2022 — 12:30 PM EST

Dr. Gerard Yun playing the ShakuhachiDr. Gerard Yun, shakuhachi (Japanese Zen Buddhist Vertical flute)

Nathan Stretch, acoustic and electric guitars

Music of living plants in real time (plant sonification by PlantChoir, Kingston, Ontario)

Nathan StretchThe Shakuhachi came to Japan from China in the 7th century. It was already established as an instrument of spiritual enlightenment as opposed to a musical instrument for entertainment when the Fuke sect became a formal Zen buddhist monastic organization in the 13th century. More than a novelty or a curious “world instrument” the shakuhachi embraces its esoteric spiritual nature, historical cultural meanings, and challenging musical aesthetics of a truly modern transcultural instrument. The ideal sound of the shakuhachi is said to be “the sound of wind blowing through a bamboo grove.”

In this concert the shakuhachi is featured in traditional honkyoku from its Buddhist origins (original meditation songs) and as an intercultural instrument with guitar and the musical interpretations of plant bio-electrical fields. Bio-sonification offers us an accessible way to redefine our relationships with ourselves, technology, and nature. To hear musically what has long been invisible to us -- the presence of plants and trees -- offers a significantly new and inspiring way of awakening as we exit the global pandemic. To be able to interact musically with nature in real-time is both novel and inspiring.

I invite you to join us in exploring the shakuhachi’s unique ability to cross over cultural and historical boundaries in its interactions with modern music and the new music of nature in bio-sonification. We hope you find this “new music” to be both fascinating, beautiful, and deeply soulful.

We were fortunate to have Dr. Gerard Yun as our University Choir director for many years.  He now teaches in the Community Music program at Laurier.  Dr. Gerard Yun

Note: For the price of a free Kitchener Public Library card, you can use the Heffner Music Studio to record your own music.  Nathan Stretch is the Community Development Manager at KPL and runs the Music Studio. 

Cost 
Free Admission

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