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Okuda Atsuya

奥田 敦也

Okuda Atsuya

In 1985 Atsuya Okuda turned his back on a twenty year career playing jazz trumpet, and dedicated himself to teaching shakuhachi in Tokyo. Okuda subscribes to a purist, Zen-oriented approach to the instrument. He cuts bamboo in the hills and crafts his own flutes, which remain as natural and unworked as possible - no lacquered bore, no inlaid mouthpiece. This type of shakuhachi is called hocchiku, and the sound is fragile and intimate, a world away from the full, projected sound of the concert hall performer. In fact Okuda was apparently reluctant to make a recording at all, but we should be glad he has, for he is probably the finest player of his type since the death in 1992 of the Zen monk Watazumi (acclaimed by Steve Lacy as his favourite improviser in Wire 225). Okuda's sound may be quiet, but his playing has terrific subtlety and a patience of almost geological dimensions - if a rock in a Zen garden could play music, this is what! it would sound like.




Sound of Zen, The Sound of Zen, The

Okuda Atsuya plays Jinashi-nobe-Shakuhachi

Tracks Recorded

Honte ShirabeSound of Zen, The
Kokû (Don't know which version)Sound of Zen, The
Ôshû SashiSound of Zen, The
Shin KyoreiSound of Zen, The
TamukeSound of Zen, The
Tsuru no Sugomori (Don't know which version)Sound of Zen, The

The International Shakuhachi Society - 2018