Singer, master shakuhachi teacher, performer, recording artist and
former shakuhachi instructor at the University of Hawaii, has performed
music on the Japanese bamboo flute since 1975. After several years
of intensive study in Japan under the tutelage of the late shakuhachi
Grand Master and Living National Treasure Yamaguchi Goro and shakuhachi
Master Matsumura Homei, John was awarded a Shihan (Master Teacher
certificate) in 1982. He later learned the Nezasa Ha Kinpu Ryu pieces
from Kinpu Ryu Iemoto, Master Inoue Shouei (Shigeshi).
It is important to note that John is one of the very few shakuhachi
masters in the world and the only outside of Japan to record and
perform using extremely rare ancient Edo period instruments dating
back to the 17th century. John has performed throughout East Asia,
the United States, and Western Europe to audiences very appreciative
of his unusual talent and mastery of this difficult musical instrument.
He has appeared many times on radio and television, and has been
actively performing and lecturing at colleges, Zen centers, and
other venues in recent years.
The main motivation for John's concerts is to give his audiences
an understanding of the shakuhachi both as an unusually dynamic
musical instrument and as a meditative tool having a rich history
within the Zen Buddhist tradition