maandag 6 september 2010

European Shakuhachi School 2010 Praha

The European Shakuhachi Festival this year was awesome! The grand old city centre was an excellent spot to host an event like this. Literaly you could find concert sold at every corner of the street. There were even girls selling the 'shakuhachi'-concerts on the street which were held at the venue HAMU.  The selling theme was: music you haven't heared. For certain parts for me this was very true. The concerts were held in this old dungeon-like room (where also the group picture was taken): 
The acoustics were great, the music even greater! I have heared a lot of new musicians, new honkyoku, modern music for shakuhachi and contemporary music as well with other instrument like strings. Lovely! I posted a little about the latter in a previous entry.
This festival was the second bigger festival I attended, first was in Leiden in Holland. Both were quite different in ways but what is most special is the people who are present there. They all like of have some connection to the flute and are interested in the richness of its past: the essence of sound, stillness, the cultural background, Japan and zen to name a few; many more could be derived probably. It inspires me a great deal to be present and to be part of this energy.
To show some more:

Ro buki every morning:
Lectures to be had:
about cyber-shakuhachi this was...Maybe I'll write a bit about that later.

Workshops to be followed (and numerous they were, hardly time to eat...)
This one was held by Kees Kort about Indian Raga and the shakuhachi. 

But also about relaxing and having fun:
 Well relaxing? Not by my look of it...must have been the dark beer ;)
All in all a very succesfull and worthwile happening...Now I should start saving for 2012...

5 opmerkingen:

kikuday zei

Wow! Nice little report!
Thanks, Baas!

kikuday zei

Oops, I just saw I had put 2 a's in your name. Sorry!

Newz zei

Hey Bas,

really nice! I wish I was there :(

Ken LaCosse zei

Nice write up Bas...and good photos!


Bas Nijenhuis zei

Ha, Kiku Baas means 'Boss' in Dutch. I prefer Bas though...