About the ESS Dublin 2020 Summer School

The 2020 European Shakuhachi Society Summer School which will be held in Dublin is now open for registration and for booking UCD on-campus accommodation.

Dates: July 30 (Thursday) to August 2 (Sunday), 2020

Venue: University College Dublin (UCD), Ireland



Participants will have the opportunity to encounter lineages including Kinko, Tozan, Zensabo, KSK and Jin Nyodo lineage as well as a wide range of genres such as honkyoku, sankyoku, shinkyoku, contemporary and min’yō.

There will be limited places available on the ji-nashi shakuhachi making workshop led by José Seizan Vargas and Thomas Goulpeau during the first two days of the summer school. Please tick the box on the registration form to secure your place. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

A particular focus of this summer school will be an introduction to the deep heritage of Irish music. There will be classes in playing Irish music on shakuhachi as well as Irish instruments being featured in the concerts. We will also organise some evening entertainment which may involve tasting the famous black beverage, known locally as the ’Pint of Plain’.

There will be a dedicated space for participants to spend time in guided meditation and suizen.

Koto and shamisen will also be part of the program with professional players accompanying sankyoku and shinkyoku classes and performing in concerts.


Jin Rei

Jin Rei

This year we will have two special guests: Jin Rei, the grandson of Jin Nyodo and Yamaoka Yozan, a leading player and teacher from Brazil.

Akio Yamaska

Yamaoka Yozan

Other teachers and performers will include: Kiku Day, Horacio Curti, David and Gina Barnes, Jean-François Lagrost, Michael Soumei Coxall, José Seizan Vargas, Thomas Goulpeau, Philip Suimei Horan, Keiko Kitamura and Gaho Takahashi.


In general, teaching will be offered at four levels:  beginners, elementary, intermediate and advanced.  For those who have never played the shakuhachi before and who want to discover this amazing instrument, there will also be a 4-day beginners’ course taught by experienced professional players. Shakuhachi will be available to borrow or buy.