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Marco Lienhard, Grand Master of Shakuhachi, Taiko and Fue (Musical Performance), CC 10/10

in the City Center dining room
$10 suggested donation. (No one turned away for lack of funds.)

Friday, October 10, 2014
7:45 - 8:45 pm

The shakuhachi came to Japan from China in the 7th century. By the 13th century there was an offshoot of the Rinzai school called Fuke-shu, whose priests as their main meditative practice would play the shakuhachi. This was called suizen (blowing zen). There was a large repertoire of musical solo meditation pieces built up and these are collectively known as honkyoku. During this period only monks were allowed to play, and the shakuhachi was considered a sacred instrument. Eventually it started to be heard at the court in Kyoto, where a repertoire of ensemble pieces (sankyoku) was created, and after the dissolution of Fuke-shu during the Meiji era the ordinary people of Japan were able to use it for folksongs (minyo) and western music (gaikyoku).

At ease with honkyoku and minyo; traditional and modern; folk music, classical and improvisation, Marco Lienhard will bring you to the essence and soul of shakuhachi music and help you rediscover the instrument.

Visit this page to listen to a sample recording.


Marco Lienhard studied the shakuhachi under Master Katsuya Yokoyama, quickly mastering the instrument and becoming a virtuoso solo artist. Marco Lienhard was a member of Ondekoza from 1981-1994. While touring as a professional taiko player in Japan, Lienhard also studied the fue and the nohkan (Noh theater flute) with Masayuki Isso.

In 1995, Lienhard founded Taikoza in New York, where he now makes his home. With Taikoza he has toured the US, Japan, Mexico and Europe. Lienhard has performed more than 3,000 concerts in Europe, Oceania, Asia and North and South America with appearances at some of the world’s most prestigious venues, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Boston Symphony Hall, Osaka Castle Hall, Hong Kong Cultural Center and Suntory Hall in Tokyo.

He has contributed to many movies, documentaries and CDs, has made several recordings with Ondekoza and Taikoza, and has two critically acclaimed shakuhachi recordings.

See more at marcolienhard.com.