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#1 2008-01-04 17:14:41

Tairaku 太楽
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Buddhist Gospel

Yesterday I performed shakuhachi (plus bass and vocals) with a 50 piece Gospel choir and 7 piece Gospel band at a very well attended outdoor concert in Hobart. Praise the Lord!


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#2 2008-01-04 17:49:19

Seth
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From: Scarsdale, NY
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Re: Buddhist Gospel

How on earth did anyone hear the shakuhachi over a gospel choir?

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#3 2008-01-04 17:54:07

Tairaku 太楽
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Re: Buddhist Gospel

Seth wrote:

How on earth did anyone hear the shakuhachi over a gospel choir?

The incredible power of my blowing technique.................................that and a microphone. wink


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#4 2008-01-04 19:30:33

geni
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Re: Buddhist Gospel

do you have any evidence;-)

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#5 2008-01-05 04:07:42

Kiku Day
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Re: Buddhist Gospel

No-one blows as hard (and loud) as Tairaku ! ! ! wink


I am a hole in a flute
that the Christ's breath moves through
listen to this music
Hafiz

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#6 2008-01-05 09:07:15

Jeff Cairns
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From: Kumamoto, Japan
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Re: Buddhist Gospel

Well done Kiku!


shakuhachi flute
I step out into the wind
with holes in my bones

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#7 2008-01-05 15:02:33

Kiku Day
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Re: Buddhist Gospel

Jeff Cairns wrote:

Well done Kiku!

? ? ? ? ? ?
Well, it wasn't me blowing!
I can't blow that hard!
Even if I tried!

kx


I am a hole in a flute
that the Christ's breath moves through
listen to this music
Hafiz

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#8 2008-01-05 15:06:25

Tairaku 太楽
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Re: Buddhist Gospel

So basically you guys are calling me a BLOWHARD! sad

Thanks!


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#9 2008-01-05 15:25:27

radi0gnome
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Re: Buddhist Gospel

Tairaku wrote:

So basically you guys are calling me a BLOWHARD! sad

Thanks!

Wasn't your flute once refered to as a cannon? I'm sure the microphone helped with the choir, but there aren't a whole lot of flute players getting that much sound out.


"Now birds record new harmonie, And trees do whistle melodies;
Now everything that nature breeds, Doth clad itself in pleasant weeds."
~ Thomas Watson - England's Helicon ca 1580

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#10 2008-01-05 15:33:33

Tairaku 太楽
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Re: Buddhist Gospel

radi0gnome wrote:

Tairaku wrote:

So basically you guys are calling me a BLOWHARD! sad

Thanks!

Wasn't your flute once refered to as a cannon? I'm sure the microphone helped with the choir, but there aren't a whole lot of flute players getting that much sound out.

Chikuzen said, "I will try to teach this song if I can hear myself over this cannon in front of me." wink

All joking aside it is difficult to get a lot of sound directed at a microphone without having the sound cut out due to reflection of the wind off the mic. People think you just stand in front of a mic and blow but it's not that simple.

Regarding blowing technique, I prefer to think of it as "focused" or "concentrated" blowing than just "blowing hard" because you can blow as hard as you want and if most of the air remains outside the bore you'll still sound weak.


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#11 2008-01-05 19:31:54

Jeff Cairns
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Re: Buddhist Gospel

Tairaku wrote:

All joking aside it is difficult to get a lot of sound directed at a microphone without having the sound cut out due to reflection of the wind off the mic. People think you just stand in front of a mic and blow but it's not that simple.

Absolutely!  And this is an extension of the art that comes with a great deal of trial and error and few manage to master as Brian so aptly has.


shakuhachi flute
I step out into the wind
with holes in my bones

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#12 2008-01-07 04:30:13

Kiku Day
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From: London, UK & Nørre Snede, DK
Registered: 2005-10-07
Posts: 922
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Re: Buddhist Gospel

Tairaku wrote:

Regarding blowing technique, I prefer to think of it as "focused" or "concentrated" blowing than just "blowing hard" because you can blow as hard as you want and if most of the air remains outside the bore you'll still sound weak.

That is absolutely right, Brian. And you do surely have a powerful sound!
I really loved the contrast of sounds and playing techniques in the concert we shared together (organised by Ken LaCosse) in San Francisco a few years back. I may not play in as quiet and esoteric way as Okuda, but I surely have some aspect of his sound in my playing. With that and your blowing technique, one could say, that concert showed two contrasting ways of jinashi playing.


I am a hole in a flute
that the Christ's breath moves through
listen to this music
Hafiz

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#13 2008-01-07 11:27:53

Moran from Planet X
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Re: Buddhist Gospel

Tairaku wrote:

So basically you guys are calling me a BLOWHARD! sad

Thanks!

That's not so bad, Tairaku. Most people tell me that I just blow.


"I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass...and I am all out of bubblegum." —Rowdy Piper, They Live!

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#14 2008-01-08 03:40:51

Daniel Ryudo
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From: Kochi, Japan
Registered: 2006-02-12
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Re: Buddhist Gospel

Two days ago I performed along with two electric guitarists, an electric bassist, a conga player, and a kit drum player for an audience of several kids, one or two surfers, a paraglider flyer (who kept flying by us) and a few eel fishermen on the beach in Kochi, near the mouth of the Niyodo river.  The lead guitarist and bassist were Australians who wanted to welcome in the new year with a little rock n roll.  We rented a portable generator for about 1600 yen and played mostly originals but started off with 'All Along the Watchtower,' a great tune for shakuhachi accompaniment  (usually play it on a 1.6)

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