Come Experience Shakuhachi, Japan’s bamboo flute of Zen

20th Anniversary Shakuhachi Summer Camp of the Rockies June 21-25

Come join all levels of shakuhachi performers, professionals, and enthusiasts this summer in the breathtaking Rocky Mountains. From the beginnings of the World Shakuhachi Festival 1998 in Boulder, the biggest event in the modern history of the shakuhachi, presenting its 20th camp this year: the Shakuhachi Summer Camp of the Rockies.

Sunrise Ranch
100 Sunrise Ranch Road, Loveland, Colorado 80538, United States

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Shakuhachi Camp of the Rockies is the longest running international shakuhachi intensive in the world. Likewise, the combined performing and teaching experience of the faculty is unparalleled:

Yôdô Kurahashi II  ̶  Kyoto, Japan
Kaoru Kakizakai  ̶  Tokyo, Japan
Riley Lee  ̶  Sydney, Australia
Christopher Yohmei Blasdel  ̶  Honolulu, HI
David Kansuke Wheeler  ̶  Boulder, CO

Yoko Hiraoka  ̶  Louisville, CO

Scholarships are available and Beginners Welcome!  Beginner students will be provided with their own core curriculum, and all levels, from absolute beginner (even if you’ve never before picked up a shakuhachi!) to advanced, will have the opportunity to study a select number of pieces with a thoroughness and depth not possible in other festivals or workshops. Rockies Camp has an emphasis on total immersion in playing, learning and experiencing the profound world of the shakuhachi, with Honkyoku (solo Zen music), Sankyoku (ensemble pieces), Folk, Modern Improvisation and more.  There are also special concerts by the faculty and students and other engaging programs every night during Camp.

Bi-lingual:  All lectures and classes will be conducted bilingually in English and Japanese. At the bottom of this post you will find a Hogaku Journal Article in Japanese.

The Community:
Becoming part of and engaging with a community of shakuhachi kindred spirits benefits even players of as introspective a musical instrument as the shakuhachi. Seeing the ‘painful’ struggle of others can be both reassuring and motivating. The Rockies Camp community continues to provide support, friendship, and opportunities to play together throughout the year to those who want a break from the solitude experienced by most shakuhachi enthusiasts.

Previous Campers want to share the special experiences and community of shared study, practice and living that this camp creates with new participants from all around the world in a relaxed yet dedicated environment. Participation at this camp will directly enhance any shakuhachi player or musician’s life with the opportunity to study with some of the world’s finest masters of the shakuhachi, listed above.

Events include a Student Concert and Duet Night—and attending lectures and workshops regarding all aspects of shakuhachi theory, history and practice. You are welcome to join in a variety of extracurricular activities, including Sunrise Ro-buki, Morning Yoga and Meditation and evening socializing, in a full-time celebration of this instrument, its music and its community.

Take a look at this quick camp introduction by faculty member, David Wheeler:

Highlights and the camp experience:

All students may observe any breakout class they like. However, they may not participate unless capable at the class level (e.g. an advanced class instructor will not make time for additional explanation or instruction for beginners who choose to attend).

As a special 20th Shakuhachi Camp event, each faculty member will perform one piece and tell the story behind its significance, including personal, musical and/or historical contexts. Sunrise Ro-buki is a wonderful way to start the camp day with the long tone blowing of RO (ロ) to greet the rising sun at Moon Rock above Sunrise. All students and faculty gather to play multi-part arrangements of pieces, mostly not traditional Japanese, but also including some Honkyoku duets, etc. All students are encouraged to participate in the student concert, playing the piece of their choice, either solo or ensemble (which includes some group pieces for absolute beginners and beginners). After-hours get to know the faculty better and meet your new camper friends at the social hosted by faculty.


·  Masters of the Shakuhachi in Boulder Pre-camp Concert in Boulder on June 20 at 7PM (venue TBA). An enchanting evening of music of the Japanese Bamboo Flute, presented by internationally acclaimed artists. This public concert is a special celebration of these artists’ gathering in Colorado for the Shakuhachi Summer Camp of the Rockies showcasing pieces especially for this occasion.
·  Masters of the Shakuhachi at Sunrise Ranch Saturday, June 23 at 7:30 PM. This showcase recital features the full faculty of the Shakuhachi Summer Camp of the Rockies performing a concert of solo and ensemble works, both modern and classical in the Dome at Sunrise Ranch.

Registration Fees:

  • Early-bird Registration Rates are good until April 30, 2018 for Flute Society members: $400
  • Regular Registration Fee: $450

Special Tuition for Absolute Beginners (new to the shakuhachi) attending Camp for the First Time: $200

  • Registration Fee after March 31, 2018: $250· Scholarships: for the first time since its inception in 1998, we are offering a limited number of full and partial scholarships based on need and merit, and aimed especially at those who aspire to eventually become teachers.

For more on how to register as a 2018 Shakuhachi Camp participant:

Participants are responsible for making their own lodging plans, by registering directly with Sunrise Ranch at the bottom of their page.

For additional Camp information and lodging:

This is more than just a memorable event, and I hope to see you there!

With love,

Cali Alexander, flute & shakuhachi

Hogaku Journal Article




ロンドン 国際尺八 フェスティバル



ロッキー マウンテン 尺八 サマー キャンプ


このキャンプの一つの伝統に「Sunrise (no return) RO-buki(日の出「ロ」吹き)」があって、朝早く山に登って、地平線に向かって太陽が昇るまで筒音の「ロ」を吹きます。盆地の京都では東本願寺の境内でやらせていただきました。








●ロッキーマウンテン尺八サマーキャンプ 参加費:$450(食事宿泊費別)初心者$250、奨学金あり、3月20日までの早割:$400





My name is Jeremy Reed and I am presently serving as the Chair of the Student Union of the Society for Ethnomusicology. I am writing to you, the student populous of SEM, on behalf of the Student Union to present a call for nominations (including self-nominations) for the Executive Committee positions of Vice-Chair and Treasurer/Secretary. These positions offer a fantastic opportunity for students to become involved in the Student Union and, by extension, the SEM at large. The responsibilities for each position are as follows:

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“Student Voices:” A Collaboration with the SEM Student News Bulletin


(for the English version of this introduction go to Student News)

Para muchos de nosotros, el trabajo de campo es una de las partes más emocionantes del proceso de investigación etnomusicológico. Nos preparamos para el trabajo de campo por adelantado, encuadrándolo en propuestas de investigación, diseñando cuestionarios para diferentes tipos de entrevistas, aprendiendo idiomas, haciendo contactos preliminares, preparando viajes, y leyendo, escuchando y viendo material relevante. Sin embargo, estar en “el campo”, o “en el terreno”, como llamaremos a este espacio a lo largo de este post, casi siempre significa remodelar, reformular y adaptarse a las relaciones y circunstancias socio-musicales que encontramos, y de las cuales aprendemos poco a poco, en el día a día. ¿Cómo ha sido la experiencia de estudiantes de etnomusicología con este aspecto particular de la adaptación in situ y qué impacto ha tenido esto en su investigación?

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In Support of Grad Student Unions


The Executive Committee of the Student Union of the Society for Ethnomusicology would like to express its strong support for ongoing unionization drives by graduate workers across the United States. Graduate students at many public universities continue to enjoy the benefits of union representation and the recent NLRB reversal of the 2004 Brown decision paves the way for those at private institutions to unite and have the benefits and protections of collective bargaining rights. We believe that the statuses of ‘student’ and ‘worker’ are not mutually exclusive, and so we call on university administrations to allow those organizing to decide the issue of unionization for themselves in a fair and expedient manner.


Executive Committee, 

Student Union of the Society for Ethnomusicology

Jeremy Reed, Chair
Indiana University, Bloomington

Ana-María Alarcón-Jiménez, Vice-Chair
Universidade Nova de Lisboa (Portugal)

Liza Munk, Secretary/Treasurer
University of California, Santa Barbara

Juan Carlos Meléndez-Torres, Member at Large
Cornell University

The Vertiskos Project

About a year ago, Greek teacher and musician Athena Katsanevaki responded to a call we sent through the ICTM email list, as we were looking for ethnomusicology student groups all arround the world. Dr. Katsanevaki told us that she, together with her students, and some residents from Vertiskos (Thessaloniki, Greece) had recently concluded a research project, and that they wanted to share it in our blog.

The post that you are reading now has been taken shape for a while. This is a rich and in depth post with written, audovisual, and sonic components.  The publication starts with an introduction written by Dr. Katsanevaki, followed by participant students’s texts (in both Greek and English languages) on their exeriences as part of the Vertiskos Project. The videos and sound files are all embedded at the end of the post. Dr. Katsanevaki has also written a text to contextualize the music, the place, and, all in all, the Vertiskos Project. This text, which includes a map, can be found twice throughout the post (at the end of the introduction and at the right side of the videos) in a  purple button entitled “The Vertiskos Project in Context“. In this way, the reader can choose when to access the material presented in this section. We encourage you to read, listen, watch, and send them your feedback. 

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Nominate Now!

Today we’re featuring a call from the SEM Student Union, who are extending the deadline for SU officer nominations, Chair and Member-at-Large, in order to garner greater participation from the student body. The new deadline will be Friday, August 19, 2016. Please submit the name, institutional affiliation, and email address of your nominee to (subject line: SU Nominations 2016). Special note: if you are interested in participating in a leadership role within the SU, you can also self-nominate for these positions. A brief description of the leadership positions can be found below.

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In Discipline: Talks from the European Side

For this week’s In Discipline post, we are very happy to introduce Costin Moisil. Costin graduated from  the National University of Music in Bucharest and from the University of Athens (Ph.D). Costin is a current researcher at the National University of Music, Bucharest.  Thank you for sharing your thoughts and experiences with us, Costin!


“I am the second from left, the one who holds the cross. I was there on field research, with the pilgrims from Derșida village, heading to Nicula monastery (2012). Every year they go on foot to the monastery (3 days, 150 kilometers!!) and return. Of course, religious songs take an important place in the pilgrimage.” Costin Moisil

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