Perry Yung enjoys a dual career as an experimental theater artist and a professional shakuhachi craftsman. He is a member of La Mama E.T.C's Great Jones Repertory Group, the SLANT Performance Group and Maura Nguyen Donohue's In Mixed Company. Perry performed with Vangelis in Doha, Qatar in 2011|
"Mr. Yung makes one onstage [shakuhachi], using PVC pipe and a drill...Bamboo may be replaced by PVC; old customs may yield to new. But with their own special alchemy, the members of Slant preserve the past even as they transform it." - New York Times
2002: awarded a Japan/US Friendship Commission Arts Fellowship (funded by The International House of Japan and the National Endowment for the Arts) enabling him to become the first shakuhachi maker to be supported by both the American and Japanese governments. He traveled throughout Japan studying shakuhachi music and meeting with makers. His main sensei was Kinya Sogawa; crafting in the lineage of Chikusen Tamai and playing in the Dokyoku style of Watazumi.
2003: collaborated with Kinya, Laurie Sogawa and Maura Donohue to create Umi Yo Umi Yo, an experimental shakuhachi/butoh dance performance with father and son butoh legends Yoshito and Kazuo Ohno. Performed at the International House of Japan in Tokyo and the Kazuo Ohno Dance Studio in Yokohama, Japan
Aside from teaching shakuhachi crafting privately in New York City, Perry has taught as a guest artist with Michael Chikuzen Gould's shakuhachi camps, Smith College, University of Massachusetts, Williams College and Zen Mountain Monastery (Mountains and Rivers Order).
Mindful Music for Families. La Mama E.T.C. New York City June 8, 2013
Fire Lotus Temple. Shakuhachi making. July 27, 2013
Zen Mountain Monastery July 10, 2014, http://www.mro.org/zmm/retreats/detail/2011/ART1151.php
He has been studying with Ralph Samuelson since returning to the States in 2003.