2004 New York Shakuhachi Festival
         Invitation from Mr. Monty Levenson
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                        About this hybrid instrument
    Never laugh at the picture of Shakulute after only a glance.  This is still the third instrument in Japan now
    (March, 2003)
.   On March in 2004, there are now six Shakulutes in Japan, because I have two
   ones and four other people have: John Kaizan Neptune, Bruce Huebner, a person in Ehime prefecture
   and one in Engaru who is my student.
    Maybe you can understand that Shakulute is a wonderful instrument when you listen to the sound.
   Anyway it has a very rich low sound which the flute doesn't have.  Of course, blowing goes straight down.
   In addition, it is very easy to do tate-yuri, yoko-yuri, and mawashi-yuri.   And moreover, Shakulute is an
   excellent musical instrument, because it is not difficult to play the passage mixed with # and b(flat) though
   it is not easy for us to perform such a passage with the shakuhachi.

    The experience that I started playing the flute in the brassband when I was a senior high student is made the
   most like this now. How lucky I am!  I appreciate honkyoku and jiuta
with the five-hole-shakuhachi, and I enjoy
   harmony and rhythm when I play modern hougaku with the seven-hole-shakuhachi, and besides I can play pop
   music and my original music at will
which was composed for the Shakulute.
fateful encounter with Mr. Monty Levenson came into blossom like this.  Nobody imagined this fate.
   This hybrid instrument was named "Fulhachi-kun" in Japanese, and "Shakulute" in English by me.
   The naming "Shakulute" is recognized on Monty's homepage.(You can link each page below.)

          Please look at Mt. Monty's HP ('Shakulute' and '
            <Links>Shakuhachi Players & Teachers'
           I'm introduced in these pages with the pictures.

     Web Site:(Shakulute)   http://www.shakuhachi.com/Q-Models-Headjoint-WER.html/

          (Links P
T)  http://www.shakuhachi.com/L.ShakuhachiPlayers.html
          (Main Menu)  http://www.shakuhachi.com

Reflection Message when they saw SHAKULUTE

 1. Mr. Hiroshi Yonezawa, a shakuhachi player of Nihon Ongaku-shudan(Pro Musica Nipponia), wrote me:   "Long time ago, when 'Okuraro' appeared, it wasn't
supported by the players' needs, and didn't establish
itself because the time
was not ripe at that time. But I think it isn't different now.  Some of the studio

flute players copy how to play the shakuhachi,  and play their flutes in 'muraiki'.
But it is limited in its power
at the problem of the mouthpiece shape. I guess
that 'fluhachi-kun' will be first popular among the western
  instruments players."

 Mr.Suizan Maeda, the shakuhachi player, also wrote me: "Yes, undoubtedly
it is very different in the figure from the imagination of the traditional
But the beginning of the new culture may be like this.  
Probably if it becomes verypopular, it will be
recognized as the really
another instruments from the traditional shakuhachi.
This instrument is the newest hybrid instrument born
between the western culture and the Japanese one
 as the result
that the shakuhachi is known to many people all over the world.
I think Japanese shakuhachi
players may have psychological resistance.
But we should receive it as the apperance of the new culture,
and should never remove it. It will be very interesting if it establish itself
as the instrument which was
influenced by the shakuhachi,
the Japanese instrument.

                  ☆Finally I Got IT☆
What a wonderful Instrument that I have needed for a long time!!
March.14, 2003

Shakuhachi  Headjoint  for  Silver  Flute 
                        from Monty Levenson's Homepage



   Monty's new alto shakulute                           

       On Monty's Website     "Six of Original pieces" from CD