Barry first heard the sound of the shakuhachi before boarding a
Brooklyn subway (on his way to work). Well, he never made it to
work. Instead, he went to a concert of shakuhachi in Manhattan and
has been following the Path of Bamboo ever since.
early 1974, he became the first student (deshi) of Ronnie Nyogetsu
Seldin. In 1980, he was lucky enough to study with Nyogetsus
teacher, the late Kurahashi Yodo of Kyoto (a student of Jin Nyodo)
and received his teaching license (Jun shi han) at that time.
In 1981, Barry received his Shi han license.
1988, Barry met Takashi Tokuyama and for the last 15 years has been
focused on bringing his simple way to the shakuhachi world.
is presently living at a Zen temple in Japan and continues to focus
on both his Zen practice and shakuhachi.