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Ralph Samuelson

Samuelson, Ralph

Ralph Samuelson is a performer and teacher of the Japanese bamboo flute, shakuhachi. He was trained in the classical tradition of the Kinko School of shakuhachi by the late Living National Treasure Goro Yamaguchi as well as by Shudo Yamato and Kodo Araki V, both in Japan and in the graduate world music program at Wesleyan University. He performs traditional and contemporary music throughout North America, Asia, and Europe, and has recorded for CBS Masterworks, Lyrichord, Music of the World, Tzadik, XI Records, Pogus, and other labels. He was the shakuhachi soloist in the New York City Ballet production of Jerome Robbins’ "Watermill" with music by Teiji Ito, and his "Flutes of Hope” ensemble commemorating the victims of the earthquake/tsunami in Japan is presented annually in New York at venues such as Carnegie Hall and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. In 2011 and 2013 he was artist in residence at the Lou Harrison House in Joshua Tree, California. He is an international advisor for the Seoul Institute of the Arts in Korea and is senior advisor and former director of the Asian Cultural Council.




Music of the Shakuhachi Music of the Shakuhachi

Kinko and Meian honkyoku.

Offerings Offerings

Kinko and Meian honkyoku.

Tracks Recorded

Choshi (Taizan Ha)Offerings
Ginryu KokuMusic of the Shakuhachi
Hi Fu Mi Hachigaeshi no Shirabe (Kinko Ryu)Music of the Shakuhachi
Mukaiji ReiboJapanese Music for Two Shakuhachi
Naki Tokoro Nite (Where There Is Neither) Ryu Nashi / No School: New Music for Shakuhachi
Ôshû SashiOfferings
San'ya (Taizan Ha)Music of the Shakuhachi
San'ya SugagakiMusic of the Shakuhachi
San'ya SugagakiOfferings
Shika no Tône (Kinko Ryû)Japanese Music for Two Shakuhachi
Shin KyoreiOfferings
Yoshiya ReiboOfferings


Review of Der Wahre Geist Der Leere performed by Andreas Fuyu Gutzwiller

Asian Music 16, no. 21985198-200
Some Aspects of the Kinko-ryu Notation including a Study of the Pattern-Units of Koku Reibo

Master of Arts, Wesleyan University1971187English

The International Shakuhachi Society - 2018