EVENT 1 – 28/29 MAY 2022

Kodō Araki VI

Kodō Araki is the sixth-generation Kinko-ryū shakuhachi sōke. Named for his great-great grandfather, Hanzaburō Araki made his professional debut in 1988 in Japan only four months after his first lesson from his father. In 2009, the name Kodō was bestowed upon him by his father, making the Araki lineage the oldest continuous bloodline in the history of Japanese traditional music; an unbroken connection to the roots of this haunting music.

Kodō VI taught at Keio University in Tokyo, and is still in demand as an instructor for his command of Kinko-ryū (Kinko-style, the primary branch of shakuhachi music). He has performed throughout the world and appeared on dozens of recordings and soundtracks.

He has just released a solo album titled Hankyō (Reverberation) featuring compositions from Kodō II and Kodō V.


Shiori Tanabe

Shiori Tanabe started learning the shakuhachi from her father, the renown Tozan shakuhachi master Shozan Tanabe, from the age of 16 and continued her studies under Fujiwara Dozan from the age of 18. She graduated from the Department of Traditional Japanese Music, Faculty of Music of the Tokyo University of the Arts, with a master degree in shakuhachi. Shiori Tanabe also holds a shihan (master licence) of Tozan-ryū shakuhachi.

Shiori has performed domestically and internationally in a wide spectrum of events, including performances at the Tokyo Olympic consultation reception (2016), the 2019 Itsukushima Shrine opening ceremony and with Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra (2019). Between 2016 and 2019 Shiori performed in Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, Indonesia, China and Korea.

Shiori Tanabe is a founding member of the Nadeshiko J Ensemble (CD release Nocturne in 2018), a member of the all-woman Bamboo Flute Orchestra, whose CD Shakuhachi Classics debuted on the major SonyMusic label. In addition to performing and recording her personal cross-genre style approach to shakuhachi, she also teaches to transmit on the culture of traditional music. Currently Shiori is working as a shakuhachi instructor for the Agency for Cultural Affairs’ as well as a part-time lecturer in the Japanese Music Shakuhachi Department at Toho Gakuen Junior College.

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Horacio Curti

Horacio Curti studied the shakuhachi in Japan under Kaoru Kakizakai receiving his shakuhachi master’s degree, shakuhachi shihan, there in 2004.

As a performer Horacio Curti works on Japanese classical/traditional music, free improvised music, trans-disciplinary creation and western classical contemporary music. On contemporary musical forms, Curti has premiered several compositions as solo artist or within different formations such as the concert for shakuhachi and orchestra Desert by Ramon Humet performed together with the Spanish National Orchestra. Curti also created performative pieces such as Ukigumo together with the dancer Andres Corchero or Kūkaku with Vika Kleiman on dance and Ariadna Pujol with live audio-visuals.

Curti has performed and taught extensively in Europe, Japan, North and South America, collaborating with groups such as Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège, Ensemble Vine or Plural Ensemble.

He published two solo albums: Ichi and Home is now, created and recorded the music for the Book-CD Contes Zen (Zen stories) and created the music for the film Mater Salvatoris.

Horacio Curti also trained as an ethnomusicologist working as associate professor at the Escola Superior de Musica de Catalunya (Catalunya College of Music) in Barcelona, where he researches topics such as sound aesthetics in Japanese hōgaku, audio-visual ethnomusicology and artistic research.


Nina Haarer

Nina Haarer is a German Shakuhachi player and teacher.
Initially trained as a singer and piano player, Nina discovered the shakuhachi when she was still a teenager, along with the Japanese language.

In 2004 she started lessons with Jim Franklin in the styles of Chikuhō and Kokusai Shakuhachi Kenshūkan (KSK). In 2018 she was awarded the KSK Europe Scholarship and studied with Furuya Teruo in Tokyo. She was awarded a shihan menjō in 2019.

Besides the traditional repertoire Nina combines the shakuhachi with different forms of art and genres, like modern dance or theater. Regular projects have been: DieTanzKompanie by Grégory Darcy and Theater Hebebühne. Her concern to bring the shakuhachi to the younger generation / a new audience found way in two punk/gothic rock bands: The Nerves (2010 – 2021) and Totentanz Strumpfsockig.

She is also including the shakuhachi in her job as a music therapist. Nina is the current secretary of the European Shakuhachi Society.


Philip Horan

Philip Suimei Horan studied music at Maynooth University. After graduation, he worked as a flute and recorder teacher and performer. He began learning the shakuhachi in 1996 when he spent two years in Japan studying the Tozan-ryū repertoire with Hanaoka Seizan in Hiroshima. On his return to Ireland, he completed a masters degree in ethnomusicology at the University of Limerick. He continued his shakuhachi studies in Europe with Kiku Day and was awarded a Tozan-ryū jun-shihan from Jean-François Lagrost. Philip also began making shakuhachi in Japan and continues to make both jinashi and jiari shakuhachi. He also makes taegum, bansuri, Irish flutes and Renaissance flutes from bamboo.

He often performs shakuhachi with Dublin-based Japanese musicians who play Irish music, with the Experience Japan Taiko Team and with Charlie Marshall (biwa). Recent collaborations include performing on the soundtrack of the documentary, A Doctor’s Sword and the Scottish National Theatre production of The Reason I Jump. He also regularly performs on bansuri with members of the Indian Classical Music Society of Ireland. 

Philip has published three score books of Irish music for shakuhachi. Celtic Honkyoku contains transcriptions of ancient songs which have a free rhythm like honkyoku while his second book is a collection of songs. His third collection, published in 2020 is focussed on Irish dance music. He recently released a CD entitled Shakuhachi Zen, performed on jinashi shakuhachi which he made himself.