Teruhisa Fukuda, Maître de shakuhachi / Shakuhachi Master.
Collection AIMP CXV.
Teruhisa Fukuda is an eminent artist, master of the shakuhachi flute that he has been playing for over fifty years. He performs music belonging to the ancient traditions of Japan as well as contemporary works.
The shakuhachi is an end-blown bamboo flute with one dorsal and four frontal holes and a bevelled notch as mouthpiece. It is played using specific breathing and blowing techniques that allow to produce a large variety of sounds.
For this LP, Master Fukuda chose a series of seven pieces from a repertoire dating back to the seventeenth century. These were originally performed by monks belonging to the Fuke sect of zen Buddhism, who viewed their instrument as means for meditation. The seven pieces are destined to be played solo, in the spirit of zen.