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Shakuhachi Concert with Taiko

The shakuhachi (尺八, shakuhachi) is a Japanese flute which is held vertically like a recorder instead of as the traditional flute. His name has to do with the size of the instrument itself, "1.8 feet." The original shakuhachi, the Shiao Teng with a hole, came to Japan from China in the eleventh century, though some authors say that its appearance was shortly before. The Shakuhachi differs from its predecessor as a result of isolated evolution in Japan in subsequent centuries. It was an instrument used by the monks of the Fuke Zen sect, followers of Zen Buddhism, in the ritual practice of Suizend (blowing meditation).

Activity in the Festival:

Shakuhachi as accompaniment of Taiko.

Antonio Olías

Antonio Olías is a main reference in the Spanish state of the Music from Austral-Asia and Slovakia. Teacher, performer, composer and improviser of shakuhachi (Japanese bamboo flute), Mongolian khoomei songs, Slovak winds (Fujara, koncovka ...) and didgeridoo from Australia. His curiosity, concern, motivation led him to explore different languages and musical disciplines. Antonio has studied under the best teachers. Formed in countries such as Japan, Australia, England, Slovakia, Holland and Germany. His current career is actively engaged as a soloist, and he is dedicated to spread the teachings of the shakuhachi and collaborate in merger projects.

More information about the Shakuhachi:

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