Shakuhachi player Dan Shinku has had a colourful career. He studied piano, harmonica, guitar, shinobue and mandolin from the age of five. In the 1970s he became fascinated with free jazz and improvisation, and studied under guitarist Kazumi Watanabe. He studied various traditional music from around the world, started playing jazz with traditional Japanese music, and formed a avant-garde improvisation group called Sol-Ambivalence. He recorded shakuhachi and shinobue with synthesizer and saxophone. Then he devoted himself to Fukeshu Shakuhachi, the fuke sect of zen shakuhachi. He travelled to India and Nepal to study shakuhachi at first, then back in Japan studied under Fujiyoshi Etsuzan. He played the classic pieces, dressed as a komuso, sometimes performing with Satsuma biwa player Yoshida Oshu, and narrator Satuki Rino. He regularly performed at temples and travelled from Tohoku, in the north of Japan, to Kyushu in the south, to find bamboo to create shakuhahchi. This is his fourth album.
1.Koku 2. Omono 3. Touge 4. Taki Ochi 5. Shote 6. Ajikan 7. Kyorei