Kiku Day is a Shakuhachi player from Denmark with American, Russian, Japanese and Irish roots. She gave up her studies in classical Western music on flute to study the traditional repertoire of the mendicant Zen Buddhist monks, honkyoku with Okuda Atusya in Japan for 11 years. |
Since her return to Europe. Day has dedicated her life to the potential use of jinashi Shakuhachi. Several composers from different parts of the world have written for her, among others: Takahashi Yūji, Roxanna Panufnik, Vytautas Germanavicius, Gabriel Erkoreka, and Yumi Hara Cawkwell. She has performed with performers such as Fred Frith and Joëlle Léandre, and as a soloist with Odense Symphony Orchestra and with the Nonsuch Choirs at such venues as Purcell Room, Southbank Centre and St John’s, Smith Square.
Day has PhD in ethnomusicology from SOAS, University of London. She teaches Japanese music and continues to research into the development of the jinashi Shakuhachi in the 20th century and contemporary performance possibilities of this wonderful instrument.