Welcome to Kaoru Kakizakai's English web page

Kakizakai's bio
  • 2017 Concerts,workshops in Taipei and Shanghai in April.
    Concerts,workshops in The US Seattle,LA and San Francisco in June.
    Instructor at Shakuhachi Summer Camp of the Rockies, Colorado, USA.
  • 2016 Invited Performer at the 1st World Music Festival in Udaipur,India in February.
    Concerts,workshops in Taipei and Shanghai in April.
    Concerts,workshops in The US Seattle LA and Denver in June.
    Concerts,workshops in Barcelona European Shakuhachi Summer School in July.
    Concerts,workshops in The US Seattle Potrland Denver and LA(CalArts and UCLA) in October and November.
  • 2015 Workshops and Concerts in Taiwan.
    Performed Toru Takemitsu's "November Steps" with the Kyoto Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jyun'ichi Hirokami in Cologne.
    Workshops and Concerts in LA,Denver and Seattle.
    Instructor at Shakuhachi Summer Camp of the Rockies, Colorado, USA.
    Performed at The Festival of Slow Music in Ballarat in Victoria Australia.
    Performer/Instructor at the 7th Australian Shakuhachi Festival,Redland, Australia.
    Workshops and Concerts in LA,San Francisco and Seattle.
  • 2014 Workshops and Concerts in LA,Phoenix,Seattle and San Francisco.
    Workshops and Concerts in Taiwan.
    Workshops and Concerts in Sao Paulo Brazil. Concert in Yuba farm in Alianca.
    Workshops and Concerts in Radolfzell Gremany as parts of European Shakuhachi Summer School.
    Participated CD recording for Ramon Humet's"InterludisMeditatius" in Spain.
    Workshop in Istanbul.
  • 2013 Workshops and Concerts in Taiwan.
    Workshops and Concerts in l'académie Internatioale d'Eté de Nice in France.
    Instructor at European Shakuhachi Summer school in Barcelona.
    Performed Toru Takemitsu's "November Steps" with the NHK Symphony Orchestra conducted by Charles Dutoit in Salzbrug music festival.
  • 2012 Performed Toru Takemitsu's "November Steps" with the NHK Symphony Orchestra conducted by Charles Dutoit.
    Workshops in San Francisco,Seattle,Phoenix and Los Angeles.
    Lecture and Solo concert in Onassis Colture Center in Athens.
    Workshops in Barcelona.
    Performer/Instructor at the 6th International Shakuhachi Festival in Kyoto.
  • 2011 Workshops in San Francisco,Los Angeles, Seattle.
  • 2010 Instructor at Shakuhachi Summer Camp of the Rockies, Colorado, USA.
    Performed in Maria João Pires's concert in Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris.
    Solo concert at California Institute of the Arts in California in the US
    Lecture concert in UCLA in California.
  • 2009 Solo CD "Koten Shakuhachi 2" released.
    Instructor at Shakuhachi Summer Camp of the Rockies, Colorado, USA.
    Instructor at ESMUC (Escola Superior de Musica de Catalunya) in Spain.
    Performed in Barcelona, Valencia, Denia, Tarragona in Spain, Carla Bayle, France.
  • 2008 Invited Performer/Instructor at the 2008 World Shakuhachi Festival, Sydney, Australia.
    Instructor at Shakuhachi Summer Camp of the Rockies, Colorado, USA.
    Instructor at PomonaUniversity and California Institute of the Arts in California in the US
  • 2007 Instructor at Shakuhachi Summer Camp of the Rockies, Colorado, USA.
    Instructor at European Shakuhachi Summer school in France.
    Performed "November Steps" with the Orchestra Nipponica Orchestra conducted by Tetsuji Honna in Hanoi Vietnam.
  • 2006 Performer/Instructor at the 6th Australian Shakuhachi Festival, Canberra, Australia.
    Performed in Portland, Seattle (funded by The Japan Foundation).
    Performed at the 2st Hawaiian Shakuhachi Festival, Hawaii (funded by The Japan Foundation).
  • 2005 Performed at the 1st Hawaiian Shakuhachi Festival, Hawaii.
    Performed in Barcelona, Valencia, Madrid, Valladrid in Spain
    Instructor at Shakuhachi Summer Camp of the Rockies, Colorado, USA.
    Performed "November Steps" in Germany with Erzgebirgsensembles Philharmonic. Orchestra conducted by Naoshi Takahashi.
  • 2004 Performed at the 4th International Shakuhachi Festival, New York.
    Performer/Instructor at the 5th Australian Shakuhachi Festival, Sydney, Australia.
  • 2003 Performed at the 4th Australian Shakuhachi Festival, Brisbane, Australia.
    Performed at the 1st Canadian Shakuhachi Festival, Vancouver, Cananda (funded by The Japan Foundation).
    Solo CD "Koten Shakuhachi" Released on the Victor label.
  • 2002 Performed at the Second Australian Shakuhachi Festival, Melbourne (funded by The Japan Foundation).
    Passed the Third Victor Japanese Music Performer Audition.
    Performed "November Steps" with the NHK Symphony Orchestra conducted by Hiroyuki Iwaki.
    Instructor at Shakuhachi Summer Camp of the Rockies, Colorado, USA.
    Performed at the Third International Shakuhachi Festival, Tokyo.
  • 2001 Performed "Eclipse" at the Special Fifth Memorial Concert for Toru Takemitsu.
    Performed "November Steps" in Russia with St Petersburg Philharmonic. Orchestra conducted by Akira Naito.
    Instructor at Rocky Shakuhachi Camp, Colorado, USA.
  • 2000 Performed Toru Takemitsu's "November Steps" with the NHK Symphony Orchestra conducted by Charles Dutoit.
    Performed Toru Takemitsu's "Eclipse", Seiji Ozawa's Birthday Charity Concert.
    Performed at the Second Australian Shakuhachi Festival, Brisbane, Australia.
  • 1999 Performed at the First Australian Shakuhachi Festival, Sydney.
  • 1998 Performed at the Second International Shakuhachi Music Festival, Boulder, Colorado, USA.
  • 1997 The Third Nagatani Kengyo Memorial, National Japanese Music Competition First Prize Shakuhachi Section, Overall Prize for Excellence.
  • 1995 Participated in recording of CDs:"Fukuda Rando Collection","Chikuin - Katsuya Yokoyama. The World of Shakuhachi"
  • 1994 Performed at the First International Shakuhachi Music Festival, Bisei, Okayama
  • 1991 Appeared in Katsuya Yokoyama's video "Fukuda Rando Collection".
  • 1989 Performed in the Japanese Traditional Culture Exchange Society tour of Madagascar and Italy.
  • 1987 Graduated from the 32nd NHK Traditional Music Conservatory.
  • 1982 Graduated Aoyama Gakuin University, Faculty of Engineering, Physics Department.
    Studied shakuhachi with Katsuya Yokoyama after recommendation from first teacher Seido Saito.
  • 1959 Born in Chichibu, Saitama, Japan.
Currently:
  Lecturer, Tokyo College of Music

  Full time Instructor, International Shakuhachi Kenshu-Kan

  Instructor, NHK Culture Centre

  President of the International Shakuhachi Kenshukan Chichibu School and Nerima School


Kakizakai's CDs

Homage 2016, Homenje a Martha Graham 3000yen
Poem by Mario Lucarda, Composeed by Ramon Humet
Claron McFadden,Alberto Rosado,Kaoru Kakizakai,Neopercusion
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Rando 2016, FreeKick FRK-0903 is available from Kakizakai 1000yen
Gekkou Routeki
Kikyo Gensoukyoku
Tabibito no Uta
Miyama Higurashi
Fuefuki Douji


Koten3 2016, FreeKick FRK-0902 is available from Kakizakai 2500yen
Ukigumo 2.7
Shika no Tone 1.8
Hifumi Hachigaeshi 1.8
Sagarinami 2.1
Kumoijishi 1.8
Adumajishi 1.3
Takiochi 2.4

Koten1 2008, FreeKick FRK-0901 is available from Kakizakai 2500yen
Daha 2.4
Sokkan 3.2
Koden Sugomori 1.6
Reibo 2.7
Sagariha 2.1
Sanya (mountain Valley)2.9
Tsuru no Sugomori 1.8


Koten1 2003, Victor-VZCG-304 is available from Kakizakai 3000yen
Koku 2.7
Yamogoe 2.4
San'an 2.1
Honshirabe 3.2
Sanya(three valleys) 2.4
Tamuke 2.4
Shoganken Reibo 2.7
Shingetsu 2.7


(The numbers after the titles are the length of the shakuhachi.)


“Fudo” 2014,Fudo Bamboo BCD-083 is available from Kakizakai 2000yen
Fudo
Fudo 2
Fudo 3
Fudo 4
Fudo 5

Kakizakai's internet lessons

I am now available to teach lessons using the internet, by the exchange of mp3 sound files or using Skype.

I feel there is a big demand for the teaching of Honkyoku style, but this has not been possible without direct access to a teacher skilled in this style.

I felt it would be possible for me to teach Watazumi-Yokoyama style Honkyoku using the internet for these reasons:
  • I have been Yokoyama's student for over 28 years, and have been teaching for 20 years
  • I have much experience teaching Watazumi-Yokoyama style Honkyoku outside Japan to foreign students
  • I can teach in both English and Japanese.
  • Many students now have easy access to broadband internet.
If you would like to learn the honkyoku style, you can record your playing as an mp3 file and attach it to an email. (wav files can be accepted, but they are very large, and your email provider may have size limits on attachments)

I will listen to it and send you back an mp3 recording of my comments (in English or Japanese) with better examples of shakuahchi play. (I can imitate your mistakes, and demonstrate the correct technique)
Or using Skype is one of the best way to have good motivation.
I can arrange lesson time even if you are outside Japan and have time difference.
I don't think it's possible to correct every problem in one lesson, so you might need to have a number of lessons for one piece.

A limitation of those systems are that I can't correct your embouchure style. So if you have chance to see me, please have a lesson with me in person.

The notation/sheet music you use should be the ones published by the Kokusai Shakuachi Kenshukan (available from me) or the ones available from shakuhachi.com

Please contact me abut the detailes and I can give you information about the fee and other instructions.


CONTACT

longphrase(at)gmail(dot)com