Dave commenced playing Shakuhachi in February 2010 under the expert instruction of Michael 'Chikuzen' Gould with whom he receives weekly lessons. Dave has completed both Shoden and Chuden levels and is currently studying for an Okuden licence. |
To immerse himself deeper in the culture of the Shakuhachi, he visited Japan at the end of 2010 where he spent two weeks with Chiku-za (Hiroyuki Kodama), student of Okuda Atsuya, receiving instruction in the fine art of Jinashi making and playing. Since then Dave has returned to Japan a few times to receive further instruction from Kodama san on a range of pieces.
Dave has also been privileged to receive occasional instruction from Kurahashi Yodo II (Yoshio)san and Ishikawa Toshimitsu san.