Daniel Ryudo Ribble began learning the shakuhachi in 1987 in Kochi, Japan with the Chikudosha branch of Kinko ryu and acquired the shihan license and the name Ryudo from Chikudosha iemoto Fuji Jido in 2001. He has spent the last 25 years living in Shikoku, the smallest of Japan’s four main islands, where in his free time he enjoys performing the Japanese classical repertoire of honkyoku and gaikyoku pieces as well as improvisatory playing for events such as koto recitals, weddings, yoga meditation sessions, puppet plays, art festivals, and martial arts demonstrations. |
He has performed with Chikudosha players at locations such as Kanai Hall, Yokohama, the Shanghai Concert Hall, China, the National Theatre of Japan, Tokyo, and Kyoto’s Meian temple. In September 2008 he was a guest artist at Georgia State University's School of Music, lecturing on shakuhachi and playing honkyoku at Kopleff Recital Hall. In 2010 he was one of several invited guest shakuhachi players at the Kumamoto Shakuhachi Festival in Kumamoto, Kyushu. Daniel has attended shakuhachi maestro Yokoyama Katsuya's annual spring workshops in Bisei, Japan for over a decade and participated in the world shakuhachi festivals in Bisei, Boulder, Tokyo, New York, and Kyoto. Over 2010-2011 he gave guest lectures on shakuhachi and taught a course on the history of Japanese traditional music at the University of Kochi, Kochi's prefectural university. He has written academic articles comparing and contrasting the shakuhachi and its music and history with both the ney and the tin whistle and also reviews of several notable shakuhachi events for the European Shakuhachi Society Newsletter (2014). Daniel is a member of Kochi's Aozora Band and performed with them for Kochi’s annual Yosakoi Dance Festival (2009) and the city's annual 2010 Winter and Summer Jazz nights. He has played and toured Gifu and Nagano prefectures with Fujishima Koichi of the Fujii, perhaps Japan’s most prominent exponent of Delta influenced Japanese folk blues. Daniel is one of the founders of The Windbeat, a local music collective founded in 2009 and at various times featuring voice, shakuhachi, didgeridoo, Tuvan throat singing, igil, ukelele, mbira, guitar and various percussion. In 2014 Daniel joined Motoki Tanaka's blues/folk based Onomatopei band and has performed for a number of Kochi's World Music Night concert events with The Windbeat and Onomatopei, opening for groups such as Dos Orientales, Uruguayan percussionists Rey Tambor, and Siberian musicians Namgar. Daniel continues his shakuhachi studies with master Ikezoe Kyodo of the Toujukai branch of Chikudosha in Kochi, and is currently learning the Myoan Taizan-ha koten honkyoku with Myoan master player Genshin Sakai. He also teaches a small group of shakuhachi students the traditional Kinko Chikudosha repertoire as well as koten honkyoku he has learned from other teachers.