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Thursday, October 13, 2-4 pm

Wollman Hall located at 65 West 11 Street, 5th Floor

Until recently, the shakuhachi (Japanese bamboo flute) communities outside Japan were scattered in isolated pockets surrounding players who had studied in Japan with no or little contact to other groups. Today, many players have an opportunity to exchange ideas and music online and thereby creating their own international sense of belonging to a virtual community transcending geographical boundaries.

 In this workshop lead by Kiku Day, participants will experience what it’s like to try and learn the shakuhachi when the transmission is mediated by video-conferencing technology such as skype, contrasted with an experience of receiving instruction in real life. This workshop is meant to facilitate discussion as well as direct experiences of differences between online and ‘offline’ pedagogies of an ancient tradition. 

This workshop will contribute to the development of a research initiative to trace the ongoing development of a particular online shakuhachi since its days as a simple list-serv to the future directions it is taking.

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