Alcvin Ryuzen Ramos was born in Japan where he spent many years studying shakuhachi. It was through his studies of Eastern Religions from the University of California at Santa Barbara and the practice of martial arts and meditation that inspired him to go to Japan to study shakuhachi. He has studied extensively with Kaoru Kakizakai, Teruo Furuya, and Katsuya Yokoyama. In 1996 he moved to Vancouver, BC, Canada. He returned to Japan in 1998 to deepen his studies and in 2001, he received his Shihan (master) license from one of greatest shakuhachi masters, Katsuya Yokoyama. In November of 2008, Alcvin received his Dai Shihan (grand master) license from another one of Japan's greatest players and teachers, Yoshinobu Taniguchi, taking the new name, "Ryuzen" (Dragon Meditation) making him the first Canadian and one of only a handful of non-Japanese to receive this esteemed honor. Alcvin has also studied jinashi shakuhachi playing intensively with Atsuya Okuda of the Zensabo and shakuhachi construction techniques with Shugetsu Yamaguchi. Alcvin maintains an active schedule of shakuhachi teaching and performances internationally.|
Alcvin has several students all across Canada and conducts pilgrimages to Japan every few years to harvest bamboo and to visit various sacred sites associated with the shakuhachi flute.