CARTE BLANCHE A… ADRIAN FREEDMAN – August 31 & September 1

On Saturday August 31 and Sunday September 1 2019, the Hijiri Shakuhachi Foundation is very proud to welcome the shakuhachi master, performer and composer Adrian FREEDMAN ( at the Japanese Cultural Centre SHOFUKAN located in ROTTERDAM.

August 31 at 8 p.m. SOLO RECITAL

September 1 at 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. WORKSHOP

Venue: Shofukan, Charloisse Kerksingel 32-14, 3082 DB ROTTERDAM



SOLO RECITAL: The programme features classical Zen pieces interspersed with Adrian’s new compositions and improvisations.


This workshop will be in two parts. During this time we will have opportunities to explore 3 aspects of Zen practice that converge with shakuhachi Honkyoku practice:

Breath as the source and foundation of Being

Sound, hearing and listening as a doorway to spiritual understanding and awareness of the true Self.

Awareness of breath, sound and silence in the practice of Honkyoku, as an experience of the totality of the present moment, as expressed in the phrase Ichion Jōbutsu – Buddha-nature within a single sound .

Adrian will introduce his original piece Seijaku, which blends elements of honkyoku style with lyrical phrases in the Aeolian mode. 

The essence of this piece lies in the extended long notes and in the silences between the notes. 

Adrian will also demonstrate some yogic Pranayama breath control exercises and other breathing techniques that can assist with playing long notes and with tone control.


Masterclass & concert Fukuda Teruhisa in Rotterdam, August 2018

 On August 26 & 27, Fukuda Teruhisa (shakuhachi) and Kineya Shiho (shamisen) gave a masterclass, a concert and a workshop at the Japanese Cultural Centre Shofukan, Charloisse Kerksingel 32-14, 3082 DB, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

Listen back to some pieces of the concert here.

About Fukuda Teruhisa (福田 )

 Fukuda Teruhisa was born in 1949 in Nagano, Japan and studied shakuhachi under the guidance of Baizan Nakamura and Kohachiro Miyata. From 1986, he has been giving public performances. He plays both traditional Japanese music and shows a great interest in modern music.

 He is also an active composer and is the founder of the Hijirikai ensemble and school (Sainte-école). His school is deeply rooted in the tradition of koten honkyoku but it also contributes to developing contemporary music using shakuhachi, while exploring all the possibilities of the flute. As a performer and teacher, he is involved in liberating the shakuhachi from its strict traditional environment.

 He has played with many famous Japanese orchestras, including the NHK Symphony Orchestra.

 He has recorded several CDs including Shakuhachi Banquet (America N.P.M), Mysterious Sounds (California Legacy) and Esprits Animaux (ALM Records) and is a member of Pro Musica Nipponia.

 Watch here a concert of Fukuda Teruhisa together with Kineya Shiho on shamisen.