The first Shakuhachi solo performance ever…

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I suppose some of you folks, my dear readers, may realize by now, how much I love playing the Shakuhachi flute…
Each night, after dinner, and before hitting the futon, I play the Shakuhachi for about 30 minutes to one hour…

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Fate had it that, one of my colleagues made me a proposal that I could not refuse or escape from…
He requested that I play the Shakuhachi, and introduce ‘Japanese culture’ to a group of professors from three Indonesian universities who came to our university for a seminar last September…

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I was really not sure if I was the right person to ‘introduce Japanese culture’ to others…
Surely, there must be a Japanese person who can do the job better than me, I thought…
And, of course, in the first place, I was not even sure if I could pull through the solo performance…
There will be over 80 people in the audience, and they included university presidents, professors, colleagues, and graduate students, etc…
I have played Shakuhachi on stage a few times before, but it was always with other players…

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On that fateful mid September evening, I managed to churn out three numbers, two Japanese autumn songs (Momiji and Sato no aki), and Bengawan Solo…
The party took off from that performance of mine…
First, a President of a Japanese university came to sit with me after my performance…
It turned out that he is also a Shakuhachi player, but had not touched the instrument for the last 20 years…

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The next minute, the MC announced that this university president was going up on stage, with my Shakuhachi on hand, to play a song…
And before we realized it, the president of an Indonesian university joined in to sing along on stage…
Shortly afterwards, a group of Indonesian students came to me to ask permission to go up on stage to sing Bengawan Solo ‘a cappella’…

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What an experience it turned out to be…
Technique-wise, perhaps 50 to 60 points out of 100?
But satisfaction-wise, may I say, close to 100%?

PS: All photos taken by my colleagues…
I thank them very much as these are the only photos we have of the performance…

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13 thoughts on “The first Shakuhachi solo performance ever…

    • Long time no hear… thank you for your comment!
      Nope, don’t think anyone took video of the performance… perhaps next time… 🙂

      • Yeah, long time no hear… because everyone now occupied by Facebook. So few people read blogs nowadays. I just got fed up with FB because there’s too much trash. So went wandering around looking for old friends! Hahaha.

      • You are right about the facebook thingy… too much rubbish, and fb is often too ‘keh poh’, asking if you want to be friends with so and so, telling you someone’s birthday, and reminding you of this and that anniversary… sigh… anyway, am very happy to be hooking up with you again…

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