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Elliot Kallen

Kallen, Elliot
Born 1951

Shakuhachi & Composer

Initially trained as a concert pianist, Elliot Kallen migrated into the world of Rock and Jazz, playing keyboards for many bands and on many stages. A chance encounter led him to the Japanese bamboo flute and, since 2004, he has been a student of David Kansuke Wheeler of Boulder, CO. Elliot also studies with Kansuke’s teacher, Junsuke Kawase III, the third-generation head of Chikuyusha, the largest organization of its kind in Japan. Elliot plays shakuhachi in a wide variety of contexts, from the meditative sounds of the Zen solo repertoire and traditional Japanese ensemble music with koto and shamisen, to the exploratory sounds of the avant-garde. Elliot is a founding member of TenTen Taiko, performing throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. Elliot is also one of the organizers of the Sonoma Matsuri, a yearly festival of Japanese arts, crafts, and performing artists. He performs, teaches, and gives lectures on Japanese classical music and the shakuhachi from his home base in Northern California. Elliot is the current President of the International Shakuhachi Society.

Also Known As エリオㇱト・カーレン


The International Shakuhachi Society - 2018