Our old friend, shakuhachi player Yoshida Koichi, has written to tell me of an event he has lined up for the 4th of July! On this occasion Koichi is planning to hold a mixed event of zazen and musical appreciation with classical cellist William Prunkl accompanying Koichi’s shakuhachi. William Prunkl has practiced meditation in America under a Tibetan teacher, and is now practising Japanese style zazen in Kyoto. I’m under the impression that his current teacher will be leading the zazen part of the event. Regardless, Koichi assures me that zen-beginners are most welcome!
The schedule is as follows:
- 15 minutes of zazen meditation
- 15 miutes of zazen
- an unaccompanied cello sonata from Bach
- a break with powdered green tea and Japanese sweets
- a performance of covers and original music played on the shakuhachi and cello together
Place: Tea Ceremony En (For directions and a map click here)
Charge: 2000 yen (includes green tea and Japanese sweet)
Doors Open: 19:00
Show Starts: 19:30
It certainly promises to be a unique and memorable event, however seating is very limited so please call or email ahead! Take a look at Koichi’s myspace page to sample his music.