About this hybrid instrument
Never laugh at the picture of Shakulute
after only a glance. This is still the
third instrument in Japan now
. 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
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.
The fateful encounter with Mr. Monty Levenson came into blossom like this. Nobody imagined
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
(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,
supported by the players' needs, and
itself because the time
was not ripe at that time. But I think
isn't different now. Some of the
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
that 'fluhachi-kun' will be first popular
among the western
２． 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,
recognized as the really
another instruments from the traditional
This instrument is the newest hybrid
between the western culture and the
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.
What a wonderful Instrument that I have needed for a long time
Monty Levenson's Homepage
Monty's new alto shakulute
On Monty's Website "Six of Original pieces" from CD