Japanese Bamboo Flute Master Phil Nyokai James in Concert at the Boston Public Library – (May 14th – Thursday at 2:00 p.m.)
Phil Nyokai James has been performing on the Japanese shakuhachi (bamboo) flute for over 25 years and holds the title of Shihan (master) on this instrument from the Ki Sui An school, where he also attained his professional Japanese name. As a teacher and composer as well as performer, he is extremely dedicated to his instrument and has been featured on the public radio program Weekend America (scroll down to middle of linked page). He has also recorded his own cds, the latest, just released last year, is entitled Dreaming of Waking Up.
The shakuhachi flute, known for its peaceful sound, lends itself naturally to the art of meditation and is commonly played by Buddhist monks. Mr. Nyokai James, himself, is well versed in the area of music and its role in the Buddhist religion, and has authored a pamphlet entitled Listening as part of a publisher’s series on the subject of “Buddhist Musicianship”. In an excerpt he writes: “Buddhist Musicianship is a radical return to the basics of working with sound, emphasizing concentration, mindfulness, personal discipline, attentive listening, breathing, community, and compassion.”
This multi-talented musician began his career as a composer of classical music. He has performed on and composed for piano, as well as other keyboard and electronic instruments. You can enjoy a number of his compositions on MySpace and his electronic music webpage. He has also participated in cooperative projects with dancers and other performing artists and enjoyed success in the areas of video and experimental film production as well. As the owner of his own recording label “Sparkling Beatnik Records”, he has become a leader in the promotion of traditional Japanese and contemporary improvisational music.
Where: Boston Public Library @ Copley Square
Venue: Rabb Lecture Hall (Ground floor of the Johnson Building)
When: Thursday, May 14th @ 2:00 p.m.
Admission: Free to all
For additional info. contact: 617 – 536 – 5400 / x2339