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Rodrigo Rodriguez

Rodriguez, Rodrigo
Born 1978

Shakuhachi & Composer

Born in Argentina (1978). Rodriguez arrived to Spain in 1986, where he spent most of his childhood. At an early age, he began to study modern and classical music.

Between the years of 1993-1999, Rodrigo tutored at home enrolled with several teachers of classical guitar until he was 22 years old.

Rodrigo's professional music career began in Spain. It was there that he discovered his first Asian instrument the shakuhachi flute. Fascinated by Japanese music, he travelled to Japan several times to enhance his knowledge.

He studied classical and traditional Japanese music under the lineages of Katsuya Yokoyama with the Master Kakizakai Kaoru in the International Shakuhachi Kenshu-kan School. His interest in traditional and ethnic musical instruments began before he reached his teenage years.

As a young child, Rodrigo had a vision for imitating the music and sounds he heard in his mind. His many and diverse travels enabled him to acquire a rare collection of experiences from which to create his unique compositional language.

In 2006 several compositions from his album "Inner Thoughts" were licensed, arousing the interest of a well known record label, Gemini Sun Record based in Los Angeles, CA.

Rodrigo's compositions can be divided into three basic categories:New Age, World Music and Contemporary Music.

In recent years he has performed numerous concerts in both the West and the East, at stages like Imperial Hotel Tokyo, NHK Culture events, and in the Temple Kōtoku-in of the "Great Buddha" of Kamakura which is one of the most famous icons of Japan.

He is also is working as full-time instructor for the Ministry of Education and Culture of the Balearic Island in Spain(Conselleria d'Educacio i Cultura) spreading the shakuhachi musical tradition,culture, and philosophy.

In the late 2009 Rodriguez started to study with the renowned master of Japan's leading players of shakuhachi Miyata Kohachiro,interested in Contemporary and Honkyoku. Rodrigo showed deep interest and dedication to Miyata's compositions and repertoire.

Thereafter, he resolved to study all types of traditional Japanese music, paying special attention to the differences between the two very different musical traditions.

In 2011-2012 he received invitation from Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation and the Tchaikovsky Conservatory to perform in the XIV International Music Festival "The Soul of Japan" ("NIHON-NO KOKORO") in Moscow.

In 2013 he released an album of Japanese traditional music and contemporary dedicated to ambassador Hasekura Tsunenaga "The Road of Hasekura Tsunenaga music for shakuhachi flute", with the support and assistance of the Japan Foundation, Ayuntamiento Coria del Rio,Asociación Galicia Japón, Embassy of Japan in Spain.

He continues to tour the world playing in large and small venues. In November 2014, he performed in the city of Sendai and Ishinomaki for the recovery of 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami. The tour was sponsored by Embassy of Spain in Tokyo and the Sendai Ikuei Gakuen school.

In 2014 Rodrigo Rodriguez was invited to perform at the first International World Congress of Jikiden Reiki, held in the city of Barcelona, for the conference of Japanese author and researcher Dr. Masaru Emoto.

In 2016 Rodrigo Rodriguez offer his first solo concert in the United States, in the "The 2016 World Flute Society convention", (Haas Fine Arts Center, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire) Gantner Concert Hall Haas Fine Arts Center.

On August 26, 2016, Warner Classics publishes the album "La Critica del Amor", a theatrical project in which Rodrigo Rodríguez participated, contributing the presence of shakuhachi since it symbolizes the approaches that had Spain and Japan in the XVII.




Across the East Across the East

The second album by the Spanish composer, Rodrigo Rodriguez. The album brings to a conclusion three years of intensive work where Rodrigo was recording in different studios in Spain and Japan. Instruments include solo guitars, kena, clarinets, duets for shakuhachi flute, steel guitar, the sheng (Chinese mouth organ, samsula (African thumb piano, Indonesian Gamelan (bonang, saron, kenong) and the fujara (Slovakian folk flute).

Beyond the Times Beyond the Times

This album of acoustic music is the first solo album by Rodriguez. The radical all-acoustic perfomance explores sonorities and textures that frequently sound frozen in the time, and also often sounds in a direction to the most poetic sense. Inspired in the ancient knowledge of the divine love, Rodrigo features a poem of Sufi Master Hafiz who let the listeners reflect on the mystic connection between life and existence.

Honshirabe Honshirabe

Inner Thoughts Inner Thoughts

Shakuhachi Flute, Acoustic Guitar, 3 vocal tracks, Didgeridoo, Darbukas.

Music for Zen Meditation - Shakuhachi Japanese Flute Music for Zen Meditation - Shakuhachi Japanese Flute

Shakuhachi flute music has deep spiritual roots, back to the Komuso Monks in the Edo Period. The Shakuhachi flute expresses a deep kind of music that can only be heard when our mind is calm, we open our hearts, and walked with silence. The repertoire of the master Rodrigo Rodriguez has a broad musical knowledge of ancient and anonymous pieces, which were once sacred musical works.Rodrigo Rodriguez is the recipient of the most revered traditional shakuhachi lineages in Japan , recognized student of the shakuhachi master Kohachiro Miyata , linked to the lineage Mu-ryū. Across the white slopes of the highest mountains of Japan, derives the sweet sound of flutes. The passionate call of the deer calls us the " wilderness " which has been a haven of spirit for many centuries.

Music that Illuminates Your Life Music that Illuminates Your Life

Gemini Sun Records is proud to bring you Music that illuminates your life Volume One. Volume One explores the more contemplative and surreal repertoire of our artists, including some of our favorite tracks from 2002, David Arkenstone, Nicholas Gunn, Mars Lasar, Loren Gold, Rodrigo Rodriguez, and Johannes Linstead to name a few. These specially selected songs create an ambience that is perfect for reflection, meditation, and relaxation. Carefully crafted to maximize the spa and salon experience with over sixty minutes of continuous play, this is Music that illuminates your life.

Shakuhachi Meditations Shakuhachi Meditations

Solo Shakuhachi music performed by the Shakuhachi player Rodrigo Rodriguez. Meditation pieces inspired by the ancient Japan.

The Road of Hasekura Tsunenaga The Road of Hasekura Tsunenaga

This album is dedicated to the Japanese samurai Hasekura Rokuemon Tsunenaga (1571-1622) who between 1613 and 1620 headed a diplomatic mission to the Vatican, travelling through Spain and other parts of Europe. Traditional, contemporary and original pieces are beautifully performed and composed by Rodrigo Rodriguez. This project supported by Japan Foundation and Embassy of Japan it was part of the Dual Year Spain/Japan 2013/14, and was selected as a gift for Crown Prince of Japan Naruhito when he visited Spain on June of 2013.

Traces of Truth Traces of Truth

Tracks Recorded

5 October 1614The Road of Hasekura Tsunenaga
Across the EastAcross the East
Aki (Rodriguez)Inner Thoughts
Akita Sugagaki (Kinko Ryu)Music for Zen Meditation - Shakuhachi Japanese Flute
Arrival in SendaiThe Road of Hasekura Tsunenaga
Azuma JishiThe Road of Hasekura Tsunenaga
Azuma Jishi (Taizan Ha)The Road of Hasekura Tsunenaga
Beneath High CliffsThe Road of Hasekura Tsunenaga
Bright PearlMusic for Zen Meditation - Shakuhachi Japanese Flute
ChaniwaShakuhachi Meditations
Cross of LightShakuhachi Meditations
Departure to RomeThe Road of Hasekura Tsunenaga
Dialogues: King Philip IIIThe Road of Hasekura Tsunenaga
Distant LightsInner Thoughts
Eastern HorsesAcross the East
Eleven WaterfallsShakuhachi Meditations
Fish's FugueAcross the East
For CarolinaAcross the East
Gone For My LifeInner Thoughts
Hedges of the DawnAcross the East
HitomiMusic for Zen Meditation - Shakuhachi Japanese Flute
Hon ShirabeHonshirabe
Hon ShirabeShakuhachi Meditations
In the StreamMusic for Zen Meditation - Shakuhachi Japanese Flute
Inner ThoughtsInner Thoughts
KanaInner Thoughts
KinhinMusic for Zen Meditation - Shakuhachi Japanese Flute
KogarashiThe Road of Hasekura Tsunenaga
Komoro MagoutaMusic for Zen Meditation - Shakuhachi Japanese Flute
Kumoi JishiMusic for Zen Meditation - Shakuhachi Japanese Flute
Kumoi JishiThe Road of Hasekura Tsunenaga
Kyuden no KurayamiShakuhachi Meditations
Lady of the SnowShakuhachi Meditations
Lost Temple, TheInner Thoughts
Mountain ChildMusic for Zen Meditation - Shakuhachi Japanese Flute
Peace BellShakuhachi Meditations
Queen's Dancing NightAcross the East
Sagari Ha no KyokuThe Road of Hasekura Tsunenaga
San'ya (Don't know which version)Music for Zen Meditation - Shakuhachi Japanese Flute
San'ya SugagakiThe Road of Hasekura Tsunenaga
SanghaShakuhachi Meditations
Second Day, TheAcross the East
Shika no Tône (Don't know which version)Music for Zen Meditation - Shakuhachi Japanese Flute
Shika no Tône (Kinko Ryû)The Road of Hasekura Tsunenaga
ShinkantazaShakuhachi Meditations
ShunyataShakuhachi Meditations
Something in This LakeAcross the East
Song for Shy WomanInner Thoughts
Stone HeartInner Thoughts
Tears in RainMusic for Zen Meditation - Shakuhachi Japanese Flute
Towards God (Hasekura's Baptism)The Road of Hasekura Tsunenaga
Tragedy of the PrincessAcross the East
Tsuru no Sugomori (Don't know which version)Music for Zen Meditation - Shakuhachi Japanese Flute
Turtle CeremonyAcross the East
Upon This EarthMusic for Zen Meditation - Shakuhachi Japanese Flute
Whispers in the TempleAcross the East
White HillsAcross the East
Within Forest TwilightMusic for Zen Meditation - Shakuhachi Japanese Flute
Within the LightAcross the East

Composed or Arranged

Shakuhachi Compositions
YearTitleKanjiAlternate Title


Cross of Light

Eleven Waterfalls

Kyuden no Kurayami

Lady of the Snow

Peace Bell




5 October 1614

Arrival in Sendai

Beneath High Cliffs

Departure to Rome

Dialogues: King Philip III

Towards God (Hasekura's Baptism)

The International Shakuhachi Society - 2018