Professionals Affiliated With Mujitsu/Taimu Shakuhachi
|Brian Tairaku Ritchie
Ritchie studied shakuhachi for seven years with James Nyoraku Schlefer.
Ritchie achieve the rank of Jun Shihan (teaching license) in March of
2003. Along with the license he received the professional name
"Tairuaku" which means "Big Music." Brian works closely with Ken
LaCosse developing the complex Taimu sound. He performs and records
throughout the world with Taimu Shakuahchi. Since 2009 he has also
curated the Mona Foma (MoFo) festival in Hobart, Tasmania.
Brian tours and records with Violent Femmes, a band he
started in 1981. The Femmes have played in over 40 countries.Their
accomplishments include sold out performances at Carnegie Hall, Royal
Albert Hall, Woodstock '94 and the Northernmost rock concert in the
history of the magnetic north pole. They have nunerous gold and
platinum records to their name.
Shinzen Boots is a San Francisco Bay Area composer, performer and
instructor specializing in single-reeds and flutes. He has music
degrees from Indiana University (BM Clarinet Performance, BS Audio
Recording, MM Jazz Studies), and is the first student of Grandmaster
Michael Chikuzen Gould to have earned a Shihan (master teaching
license) and was given the shakuhachi name 深 禅 "Shinzen" (depth Zen or
deep Zen). In addition to teaching, Cornelius has recorded and written,
in shakuhachi calligraphic notation, a series of 27 etudes (Mukyoku)
for Taimu shakuhachi. His latest
Hermit's Secret Wisdom" features
Buddhist hymns based on nature, breath and awareness, as well as new
compositions for Taimu. It was recorded in an abandoned gold-mining
Day PhD (London), MFA (Mills), BA (London) is a shakuhachi player and
teacher, ethnomusicologist, researcher. She teaches shakuhachi in
Denmark, London and online. She performs solo
and ensemble concerts with traditional shakuhachi pieces, contemporary
music and improvisation. She also gives guest lectures on shakuhachi
and other subjects on music and meditation, and teaches groups at
shakuhachi festivals and other events.
Frank Denyer is an internationally acclaimed English composer whose
coloured and imaginatively rich compositions fall between several and
into none of the accepted categories of contemporary music.
Denyer’s music is distinguished by a keen sensitivity to
Each of his works is written for a unique combination of instruments,
more often than not a combination that no composer has dreamed of
In 2008, Denyer composed "Woman With Jinashi Shakuhachi" specifically
for Kiku Day and Taimu shakuhachi. It appears on Denyer's CD "Whispers."
Henry is the father of musique concrete, and pioneered most of the
recording techniques musicians use today.
His reputation outpasses the frontiers of pure classical and French
musics. In 1967, he composed Psyché Rock, an internationally
successful track remixed from then on by many DJs and bands (Willy
Orbit, Stereolab, Fatboy Slim, Christopher Tyng for the US TV show
Futurama, Moog Cookbook...). Pierre Henry is a spiritual leader for
generations of artists who still enjoy the discoveries and the daring
and visionary experiments of the composer.
In 2012, Henry performed a composition using Taimu shakuhachi (Ritchie)
"Paroxysms" in Paris and broadcast live in Tasmania at the MOFO
Festival of Music and art. It is included in Henry's box set, "Odyssee."
Michael Chikuzen Gould began learning the shakuhach in 1982 in Kyoto,
Japan under the guidance of world renowned masters Mr. Yoshinobu
Taniguchi and Mr. Yokoyama Katsuya. In 1991 he earned the title of Dai
Shihan (Grand Master), one of only a half dozen nonnative Japanese to
do so. He appeared on television and radio programs in Japan, lectured
in schools and taught shakuhachi. Since returning to the U.S. in 1996,
he has made hundreds of appeearances and many recordings.
On Gould's CD "Monshogodo,"
he plays Taimu shakuhachi on the track, "Komuso