Horacio Curti was a jazz saxophone player when he encountered the Shakuhachi for the first time while travelling on the Himalayan region of India, and decided to go to Japan to start his studies of the instrument with Kakizakai Kaoru sensei. Since then, his commitment to the instrument and the traditional Japanese Music only grew stronger to the point that, at present he is solely dedicated to the Shakuhachi and its music. His long stays in Japan became something regular and usual. There he studied the instrument as well as the Koten Honkyoku music, taking some lessons also with Mende Takayuki and Riley Lee. |
Presently residing in Barcelona he works on the traditional Japanese music field, performing –especially Koten Honkyoku music-, teaching, lecturing and researching; as well as on the contemporary music field, where he has released several recordings and collaborated with different musicians, dancers and composers, exploring the instrument from the same essence than traditional music but on a different context and approach.
He has taught and performed in Japan, USA, Spain, Holland, Belgium and Argentina, collaborating with institutions such as “General Consulate of Japan” in Barcelona and Buenos Aires, “University of Valladolid “, “Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya”, “Barcelona Cultural Institute” and the “Koninklijk Vlaams Conservatorium” in Belgium.
In the year 2004, he received his Shakuhachi Shihan (master) license from Yokoyama Katsuya sensei.
In the year 2005, he received his degree in Ethnomusicology in Barcelona, Spain.
Free Improvised Music. Luis Conde, bass clarinete. Horacio Curti, shakuhachi. Buenos Aires, 2001
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Free Improvised Music. Stefan Prins, prepared piano. Horacio Curti, shakuhachi & voice. Barcelona, 2002
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Free Improvised Music. Pedro Barboza, electric guitar. Horacio Curti, shakuhachi & voice. Barcelona, 2003
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Home is now is a sonic presentation created from the shakuhachi in 2015. The thirteen pieces included should be first considered as sound and only then as music.
HuellasJazz Big Band. Los Saxópatas. 17 musicians.Horacio Curti – soprano sax. Buenos Aires, 1998
Honkyoku and contemporary pieces.
Free Improvised Music. Stefan Prins, prepared piano. Horacio Curti, shakuhachi. Barcelona, 2001
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