Biography

                        Wataru Kozan Tanifuji 

          Shakuhachi Station

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Original WorksShakulute | 2004New York Shakuhachi Festival |
| 2005 Japan Turkey Culture Exchange Association Ankara & Beypazari Concert|
| 2005 National Flute Association Convention |
| 2006 The 9th Shakulute Concert in JRY with MARC BERNER |
                    


Born in Abashiri, Hokkaido, Japan, in 1945
Enjoys many kinds of musical instruments:
Accordion, Ukulele, Guitar, Flute, Mandolin, Ocarina,
Shakuhachi, Koto, Shamisen, Biwa, Tsuzumi, Taiko, etc.

In 1974, at the age of 29,
Kozan Tanifuji began studying Tozan-ryu shakuhachi
under Kozan Takayama and then Ginzan Suzuki.
In 1991 he achieved the rank of daishihan or grandmaster,
and on February 14, 2004 earned the title of shin-Tozanryu chikurinken,
the highest possible level in the world of shakuhachi.


Mr. Tanifuji belongs to a number of hogaku groups(below)
and performs many styles of music
including Honkyoku, Shinkyoku, Jiuta and Modern hogaku.
For 19 years, since 1977, he has instructed a junior high school
wind ensemble and performed the shakuhachi in the piece
"Figuration for Shakuhachi and Brass" composed and
conducted by Tetsunosuke Kushida of Kyoto.
He also conducted "Dokan" in 2001 and "Nichiren" in 2002
composed by Michio Miyagi
at the Kitami Art and Culture Hall in Hokkaido, Japan.


Mr. Tanifuji has played the western-style Boehm flute since 1961.
In March, 2003, he began working with the shakuhachi headjoint
for silver flute devised by Monty Levenson.
Kozan has wanted to have such an instrument for a long time
and named it "Shakulute".
During the past year, he has composed several musical pieces
for this new hybrid instrument.
A CD of original compositions for shakulute, biwa and koto
was scheduled for release in summer in 2004.

( revised by Monty Levenson for 2004 New York
Shakuhachi Festival web site
)


In June, 2005, he went to Turkey to perform there
three times in Ancara City and Beypazari City.
Kozan, Tazuko Yozan Tanifuji, and Kanae Ochi
were invited by Japan Turkey Culture Exchange Association.

In August, 2005, he performed the shakulute in San Diego, California.
John Kaizan Neptune and Kozan were invited
by National Flute Association.
They played with koto players,
Reiko Obata
and
Masayo Norikura.

In May 11th, 2006, Marc Berner and Kozan
had a shakulute concert

with Kanae Ochi, a koto player
Tazuko Tanifuji, a biwa player
Hirotoshi Umeda, a shakulute player
at JRY media theater in Kami-Yubetsu, Hokkaido, Japan.

He belongs to:
Kozan-kai (Instructor)
Hogaku"Miyabi-kai"(Representative & Inspector)
Hougaku"Brillant Accord CANON"
(Tetsunosuke Kushida composed two other compositions
for us shakuhachi, koto, and 17gen.)

Wa no shirabe(Japanese Tune)"Fuga"
Hokurin-kai

Engaru Junior High School Hogaku-club (Instructor)
Engaru Shakuhachi Circle(Instructor)
Jiuta-kai
Engaru Sankyoku-Kyokai

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