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Christopher Yohmei Blasdel

Blasdel, Christopher Yohmei

Christopher Yohmei Blasdel, born in Texas, began the shakuhachi and studies of Japanese music in 1972 with shakuhachi master, Living National Treasure Goro Yamaguchi. He received a teaching license and the professional name "Yohmei" from Yamaguchi in 1984. At the same time, he completed graduate work in ethnomusicology at Tokyo University of Fine Arts and Music. A permanent resident of Japan, he has performed, taught and lectured throughout China, Thailand, Europe, North America, Mexico, India, Malaysia and the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. He has been a visiting artist in residence at Earlham College, Richmond Indiana, guest professor at the Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, invited artist at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, resident of Centrum Arts Center and recently awarded an Asian Cultural Council grant to study the transmission of Thai traditional music. He was an executive director of the Boulder World Shakuhachi Festival 1998 and is the artistic director of the Fukuoka Gendai Hogaku Festival for contemporary Japanese music.

His book, "A Shakuhachi Odyssey," written in Japanese, is published by Kawade Shobo Shinsha and was awarded the prestigious Rennyo Award for non fiction.

In his musical activities, Blasdel maintains a balance between traditional shakuhachi music, modern compositions and cross-genre work with a great variety of well-known musicians, dancers, poets, and painters, both Western and Eastern. Blasdel presently performs, teaches, and records in Japan and around the world. He works as Advisor to the Arts Program at the International House of Japan, is part-time lecturer at International Christian University and Temple University in Tokyo, teaches privately at the Asahi Culture Center in Shinjuku and writes occasionally for The Japan Times. He holds a fourth degree black belt in Aikido.




Heart of Bamboo Heart of Bamboo

Poetry and music in the zen tradition.

Night of the Garuda Night of the Garuda

Striking Light, Striking Dark Striking Light, Striking Dark

The music on this CD consists of poetry set to original compositions by the phenomenal singer Sasha Bogdanowitsch and shakuhachi master Christopher Yohmei Blasdel.

Voices from Afar - Voices From Within Voices from Afar - Voices From Within

Shakuhachi. koto, shamisen, oud and voice.

Watching the Waves

Shakuhachi accompanies poetry with traditional Japanese and zen Buddhist themes. Classical and modern poems with honkyoku.

Zen Reveries Zen Reveries

Tracks Recorded

All of It Striking Light, Striking Dark
Another Kind of DreamZen Reveries
Dorian DanceVoices from Afar - Voices From Within
Elegy Striking Light, Striking Dark
Gates of Heaven and Earth, TheVoices from Afar - Voices From Within
Gendai ChoshiZen Reveries
Hi Fu Mi Hachigaeshi no Shirabe (Kinko Ryu)Night of the Garuda
How Could We Forget? Striking Light, Striking Dark
Ish Province Work Song Striking Light, Striking Dark
Kyorei (Don't know which version)Striking Light, Striking Dark
Mama no KawaNight of the Garuda
Morning Becomes ElectricZen Reveries
Night of the GarudaNight of the Garuda
Oracular Striking Light, Striking Dark
Pale LightsZen Reveries
Peacock FeatherStriking Light, Striking Dark
ReplayZen Reveries
Saltarello Striking Light, Striking Dark
Shadow of the Rose, TheVoices from Afar - Voices From Within
SolsticeStriking Light, Striking Dark
Song of Atitlan, TheNight of the Garuda
Storytelling on a Winter's NightVoices from Afar - Voices From Within
Tears of Heaven, TheVoices from Afar - Voices From Within
The Art of Literary Translation Striking Light, Striking Dark
The Search Striking Light, Striking Dark
Tsuki (Masumoto)Night of the Garuda
UnityStriking Light, Striking Dark
Worthless Shakuhachi, Five Songs from the KanginshuVoices from Afar - Voices From Within
YearningsVoices from Afar - Voices From Within
Zen MondohZen Reveries

Composed or Arranged

Shakuhachi Compositions
YearTitleKanjiAlternate Title

Night of the Garuda

Song of Atitlan, The


Dorian Danceドーリア風の舞

Gates of Heaven and Earth, The乾坤関

Shadow of the Rose, The薔薇の影で

Worthless Shakuhachi, Five Songs from the Kanginshu篇ないものは、尺八ぢや J 閑吟集より五つの謡

Another Kind of Dream

Gendai Choshi

Morning Becomes Electric

Pale Lights


Zen Mondoh

All of It


How Could We Forget?

Ish Province Work Song


Peacock Feather



The Art of Literary Translation

The Search



Asahi Falls--Mendicant Shakuhachi Monks and the Izu Peninsula

On website www.yohmei.com201510English
Shakuhachi odessei [Shakuhachi Odyssey]

Bungei Spring2000336-360
The Shakuhachi: A Manual for Learning. (With Yuko Kamisango)

Tokyo: Ongaku no Tomo Sha1988

The Shakuhachi: Aesthetics of a Single Tone

Japan Quarterly 31, no. 21984214-217
The Single Tone - A Personal Journey into Shakuhachi Music

Printed Matter Press2005167English

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