One of my principal instruments, besides the Western flute, is the Japanese shakuhachi. I have a natori(professional name and teaching diploma) in the Japanese Kinko-ryû shakuhachi tradition, and have concertized on shakuhachi throughout South America and the United States. In 1978 I applied for a Japan Foundation Grant for my program at FSU, which was awarded for two years. During that time we had a total of five Japanese koto artists-in-residence from the Tokyo University of the Fine Arts. Together we performed shakuhachi and koto music throughout the United States for two wonderful years. A number of excellent koto students resulted from those years of training, especially John Christian Vincent, Laurie Arizumi, and Linda Babcock. |
I began my shakuhachi studies with professor Mitsuru Yuge from UCLA, and then received the Kinko-ryû natori in 1983 from Iwami Baikyoku IV in São Paulo, Brazil. My professional name is Bai-ô, which means "nightengale". Some of my best shakuhachi students who have developed professional careers for themselves as shakuhachi players are Tony Clark in Germany, Phil Gelb in San Francisco, and Martha Fabrick in San Antonio.
Diane and I had the opportunity to return to Japan during the summer of 1999, where we attended the CMS International Conference in Kyoto, traveled by train up the west coast of Japan, visiting Sado, Hirosaki, on to Hokkaido, then to Morioka and Tokyo. In Tokyo I played in a small concert with our dear friends who were our koto artists from 1978 through 1980.