Dublin 2020 ESS Summer School Teachers


Jin Rei

Jin Rei

Born in Tokyo in 1980, JIN Rei is the grandson of JIN Nyodo, a famous compiler of traditional shakuhachi honkyoku music, and as such has been intimately connected with classical Japanese arts from childhood. He studied the shakuhachi first with his father, JIN Nyoshou, and then with masters AOKI Reibo, KAWASE Junsuke, YAMAMOTO Hozan and TOKUMARU Jumei.

His education includes completing a course in modern Japanese music, graduating with a major in shakuhachi from the Department of Traditional Japanese Music, Tokyo University of the Arts, and completing a Master’s course from the Graduate School of Music at the same university. He has served as an education research assistant at the Faculty of Music, Tokyo University of the Arts between 2007 and 2009 and from 2015 to the present.

He is an instructor at the NHK Academy of Distance Learning, an instructor at Waseda University’s Chikuyukai, executive director of the Kinko-ryu Association, a planning committee member of the Nihon Sankyoku Association, a member of the Komuso Research Society and a member of the Society for Research in Asiatic Music.

While his main focus is as a transmitter of traditional shakuhachi music, REI Jin actively collaborates with many different artists working in genres from both Japan and abroad.


YAMAOKA Yozan was born in Akita-ken, Japan but, in 1955, he emigrated to Brazil with his parents. He first learned shakuhachi from his father and later in São Paulo with the Tozan-ryū professor SAGARA Yozan and he has been teaching shakuhachi in Brazil since 1981.

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Yamaoka Yozan

In 1989, he became a founder member of the Japanese Classical Music Association in Brazil, Hougaku Kyoukai, which promotes shakuhachi (Tozan and Kinko), koto (Seiha, Miyagi Michio Kai and Seigensha) and shamisen.

As a member of the Tozan-ryū’s branch in Brazil, he has been participating every year in the annual presentation of Gueino-Sai, a music and dance festival promoted by the Brazilian Association of Japanese Culture in Brazil. In 2016, he participated in events celebrating 50 years of the founding of the Tozan-ryū in Brazil. In 2019, he participated in the 80th anniversary celebration of the founding of the first school in Brazil for koto and shakuhachi. Since 2010, he has performed at the Ceremony of Tribute to the Deceased Immigrants Mass on 18 June, the date when São Paulo City celebrates Japanese Immigrants’ Day.

YAMAOKA Yozan has also studied and teaches other styles. From 2007 to 2009, he studied Myoan-ryū with MAEZONO Fusho from Saitama-ken. He studied Kinko-ryū with master HAMOCHI Shoun, from 2008 to 2009, in Maebashi City, Gunma-ken.

He currently teaches in many cities of Brazil, including Rio, Salvador and Belo Horizonte. He also teaches via Skype and many of his students are Brazilian.




Mizuno Kohmei

Mizuno Kohmei began learning Kinko-ryu Chikumeisha shakuhachi under the Living National Treasure, the late Yamaguchi Goro, when he was a student at Tokyo National University and continued to learn from him right up until Goro’s passing in 1999. He received his Shihan Master’s Licence in 1980 and also acted as a support teacher for Yamaguchi Goro at the Chikumeisha school and at the NHK Cultural Centre. 

Mizuno Kohmei is a very active teacher and performer and has appeared in numerous concerts in Japan,  Europe, the USA and beyond specialising in both Kinko-ryu honkyoku and sankyoku and is well known for his subtle phrasing and musicality. 

He is the Head of the Kinko-ryu Chikumeisha guild, the Executive Director of the Kinko-ryu Association, the Chair of the Kokubunji Sankyoku Society, and the Chair of the Third Business Operating Committee of the Japan Sankyoku Society. He is also the past President of Kogakuin University, Tokyo.


David HUGHES, an expert in Japanese folk song or min’yō, taught music at SOAS (The School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London) from 1987 until his retirement in 2008. He is now a Research Associate of the Department of Music and the Japan Research Centre in SOAS.

His contributions to Anglo-Japanese relations and understanding through traditional music research and performance activities earned him the Order of the Rising Sun from the Japanese Emperor in 2017 and the UK’s annual Japan Society Award in 2011. His scholarly activities in particular were recognised by the award of the Koizumi Fumio Ethnomusicology Prize in 2018.

David founded the SOAS Min’yō Group and the London Okinawa Sanshinkai, the major groups performing and teaching traditional Japanese folk music in the UK. He also founded the SOAS Noh Group, now part of the University of London Noh Society, which encourages the teaching of Noh performance. David has also been involved with events featuring over 200 visiting performers from Japan.

David has lived for over ten years in Japan, his main research area, but has also written about aspects of music in Java, Thailand and Korea, as well as about musical grammars and oral mnemonics. His major publications include the books Traditional Folk Song in Modern Japan (2008) and the co-edited Ashgate Research Companion to Japanese Music (2008).

David and Gina Hughes

David and Gina Hughes

Gina BARNES has been married to David since 1975 and has shared in his journey around the world of Japanese music. She is a leading figure in Japanese and East Asian archaeology, as reflected in her recent book Archaeology of East Asia: the rise of civilization in China, Korea and Japan and her founding of the Society for East Asian Archaeology. She taught for 24 years at Cambridge and Durham Universities and has produced over a hundred publications.

In 1981 Gina received her geimei, TOSHA Keihō, from her teacher of shinobue and nōkan flutes, TOSHA Suihō I (now Tōsha Meishō II). She enjoys singing and accompanying min’yō.


Michael Coxall

Michael Coxall

Michael Soumei COXALL studied sankyoku and honkyoku in Japan for many years under the legendary Kinko-ryū, Chikumeisha master and Living Cultural Treasure, the late YAMAGUCHI Goro, and still continues his studies with MIZUNO Komei on frequent visits to Japan. He also studied shinkyoku under SUGAWARA Kuniyoshi in Tokyo.

He was awarded his shakuhachi ‘Master’s Licence’ in 2007 and the professional name ‘Soumei’. He taught full-time at SOAS, University of London, from 1986 to 2009. He now just teaches Chikumeisha honkyoku, sankyoku ensemble and shinkyoku music in the UK.

Michael has performed widely in the UK and Europe as well as in Japan including at the National Theatre in Tokyo. He is also the founder member of both the London Hogaku Ensemble and the Hibiki Ensemble and is Head of the UK branch of Chikumeisha. He was also co-organiser of the ESS Summer Schools in London in 2006 and 2011, in Barcelona in 2016 and Lisbon in 2019 as well as the World Shakuhachi Festival in London in 2018.


Horacio Curti

Horacio Curti

Horacio CURTI encountered the shakuhachi for the first time in the Himalayas and decided to go to Japan to study the instrument under KAKIZAKAI Kaoru, focusing on koten honkyoku music. It was there that he received his shakuhachi shihan from YOKOYAMA Katsuya sensei in 2004, becoming the first shakuhachi master in Spain.

He works as a performer on Japanese, Western contemporary and free improvised music having collaborated with institutions such as the Antwerp Royal Conservatory, the Brussels conservatory, Autónoma de Barcelona, Ramon Llul and Amsterdam University as well as universities in London, Graz and Barcelona. He has also performed with groups such as the Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège and the Plural Ensemble. He has premiered compositions by Ramon HUMET, David PADROS, Olivia CARRIÓN, NAKAMURA Saiko and Jim FRANKLIN and has worked with musicians and dancers such as Esteban Algora ALGORA, Alessandra ROMBOLÁ, Andres CORCHERO, Vika KLEIMAN and Rolf MEESTERS.

Horacio has played and taught in South and North America, Europe and Japan and has commercially released two solo albums (‘Ichi’ and ‘Home is Now’), has created and recorded the music for the CD accompanying the book Cuentos Zen. Pequeñas historias para despertar (both in Spanish and Catalan), as well as the music for the short movie ‘Mater Salvatoris’ and has worked both in theatre and with dance. In 2015, he was awarded the prize ‘Consul General del Japón en Barcelona’ and in 2017 he edited the book Eolssigu! The sounds of Korea. He has performed as a soloist for the 2019 premiere of Ramon HUMET’s shakuhachi concerto with the Spanish National Orchestra.

Resident in Barcelona, he has a degree in ethnomusicology and teaches at the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya (Esmuc) and is currently working on his Phd in Ethnomusicology including the ambit of Artistic Research.


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Kiku Day

Kiku Day

Kiku DAY (PhD, London; MFA, Mills; BA, London) is an ethnomusicologist and shakuhachi player and is an external lecturer at the Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus, Denmark where she teaches ethnomusicology.

She grew up in Copenhagen, Denmark with her Japanese and American parents. She gave up her studies in classical Western flute to study the Zensabō honkyoku repertoire with master OKUDA Atsuya in Tokyo for 11 years and has dedicated her life since her return to Europe to the potential use and creation of a contemporary repertoire for jinashi shakuhachi. Several composers from different parts of the world have written for her including TAKAHASHI Yuji, Roxanna PANUFNIK, Frank DENYER, Vytautas GERMANAVICIUS, HARA Yumi and Mogens CHRISTENSEN. She has performed with performers such as Fred FRITH, Joanna MACGREGOR, Mats GUSTAFSSON and Joëlle LÉANDRE, and as a soloist with the Odense Symphony Orchestra playing TAKEMITSU Toru’s ‘November steps’ and PANUFNIK’s ‘Wild Ways’ with the Nonsuch Choir.

Currently, Kiku is continuing with her research and publishes on regional shakuhachi traditions, shakuhachi communities online and spirituality in shakuhachi playing. She lives at a meditation centre in Denmark and explores the connection between meditation and shakuhachi playing. She is a founding member of the European Shakuhachi Society and was the chair of the World Shakuhachi Festival 2018 Executive Committee.


Suizan J.-F. LAGROST

Suizan J-F Lagrost

Suizan J-F Lagrost

French-born flutist Suizan J.-F. LAGROST studied concert flute in Mulhouse and Paris with Isabelle FROESCH-PAPIRER, Daniel MORLIER, Geneviève AMAR, Vicens PRATS and Michel ROUSSEAU. He was winner of the Grand Prix Gaston CRUNELLE, was awarded 1st prize in the Leopold Bellan competition, the European Flute Competition of Montdidier and the Prize of Ville de Paris. His repertoire ranges from the baroque to contemporary music, jazz and improvisation. Along with his instrumental curriculum, he studied musicology in Paris-Sorbonne University, where he achieved a DEA in 20th century music headed by Marc BATTIER.

Suizan J.-F. LAGROST began shakuhachi in 2000 with KARIYA Sōzan, one of the foremost representatives of the Tozan-ryū. NAKAO Mitsuko, the granddaughter of the founder of the school, awarded him in 2014 the title of Dai-Shihan (Grand Master). He furthered his studies with Véronique PIRON (Kokusai Shakuhachi Kenshūkan), Gunnar LINDER (Chikumeisha) and with several masters in masterclasses. Since 2011, he founded and manages the main world forum about shakuhachi (www.shakuhachiforum.eu).

The diversity of his expertise allows him to appear in a variety of performance contexts: the Ensemble de flûtes de Paris (1st soloist), flute and piano recitals in Taiwan, as a soloist with the Musique de la Garde Républicaine, as well as with the best traditional musicians on European stages (e.g. Barcelona, Prague, Istanbul, Fribourg, Poitiers, Strasbourg…).

As a professor of art education at the conservatories of Le Kremlin-Bicêtre and Asnières near Paris, Jean-François enjoys an international career in traditional, contemporary and mixed repertoires. He released a Japanese chamber music CD entitled ‘Kyoku’ with the koto player MIYAZAKI Mieko in 2013.

José Seizan VARGAS

José Seizan VARGAS

José Seizan VARGAS

Musician and guitar player, José VARGAS began studying shakuhachi in 2004 with Antonio OLIAS in Madrid while at the same time began to experiment with shakuhachi making. From 2008, he traveled to Japan, taking lessons from various teachers including TANAKA Koumei, OKUDA Atsuya, CHIKUZA and FUJIYOSHI Etsuzan, head of the Fuke School from whom he received the licence to teach and the name Seizan.

José’s jinashi making journey began with CHIKUZA and John Kaizan NEPTUNE in 2008. Last year, he began studying jiari shakuhachi making with TAKAHASHI Toyomi in Tokyo. José has organised, assisted and led jinashi shakuhachi making workshops in Europe, with CHIKUZA since 2010 – in Madrid and at several ESS summer schools, most recently in Paris 2015, Barcelona 2016 and Lisbon 2019.

He also received valuable playing lessons from other teachers such as Horacio CURTI, Justin Senryu WILLIAMS, KAKIZAKAI Kaoru, Jim FRANKLIN, FURUYA Teruo, and lately he began receiving lessons from ZENYOUJI Keisuke.

Currently, he lives in Madrid, making jinashi flutes, teaching shakuhachi and performing traditional Japanese and improvised music.




Thomas GOULPEAU has been making bamboo flutes since 2003. His approach to shakuhachi making is primarily inspired by the bamboo itself but is also cognisant ofhistorical and scientific details. He studies Chikumeisha shakuhachi with Gunnar Jinmei LINDER. He makes jinashi and jiari shakuhachi and also does repairing and restoration. Thomas has assisted jinashi making workshops at previous summer schools including Lisbon 2019. He regularly visits Japan, studying with leading teachers and harvesting bamboo.



Philip HORAN

Philip Suimei HORAN studied music at Maynooth University. After graduation, he worked as a flute and recorder teacher and performer and began learning the shakuhachi in 1996 when he spent two years in Japan studying the Tozan-ryū repertoire with HANAOKA Seizan in Hiroshima. On his return to Ireland, he completed a masters degree in ethnomusicology at the University of Limerick. He continued his shakuhachi studies in Europe with Kiku DAY and was awarded a Tozan-ryū Jun Shihan from Jean-François LAGROST. Philip also began making shakuhachi in Japan and continues to make both jinashi and jiari shakuhachi.

He often performs shakuhachi with Dublin-based Japanese musicians who play Irish music, with the Experience Japan Taiko Team and with Charlie MARSHALL (biwa). Recent collaborations include performing on the soundtrack of the documentary, ‘A Doctor’s Sword’ and the Scottish National Theatre production of ‘The Reason I Jump’. He also regularly performs on bansuri with members of the Indian Classical Music Society of Ireland.

Philip has published two score books of Irish music for shakuhachi. Celtic Honkyoku’ contains transcriptions of ancient songs which have a free rhythm like honkyoku while his second book is a collection of songs made popular by Irish groups such as The Dubliners and Planxty. His third collection to be published in 2020 will focus on Irish dance music. He recently released a CD entitled ‘Shakuhachi Zen’, performed on jinashi shakuhachi which he made himself.



Keiko Kitamura

Keiko was born in an area of Hiroshima prefecture known for producing high quality Japanese traditional instruments and instrumentalists. Her early years were spent studying koto (Japanese zither) and shamisen (three-stringed Japanese lute) in Fukuyama under the tutelage of her aunt, KITAMURA Kyoko.

Keiko has performed widely throughout Japan and around the world, including at the Sydney Opera House, the Ethias Arena Haselt in Belgium, London’s Excel Motor Show, the British Museum, the Japanese Embassy in London, and at a number of festivals including the Glastonbury Festival, the Vortex Jazz Club, Ronnie Scotts and St. John’s Hackney Church.

She has performed live in concert and studio (BBC Radio 3) with Jah Wobble’s Nippon Dub Ensemble, an Anglo-Japanese crossover project and has featured at charity concerts for the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami disaster. She has also performed at the London Olympics on the BT River of Music Asia Stage and at the EFG London Jazz Festival 2013, as one of the members of Arun Ghosh’s Arkestra Makara featuring musicians from across South and South East Asia. She was an award winner for her koto composition at the Michio Miyagi Memorial Contest 2014 in Japan.

Keiko has lived in the UK for over 15 years and was a leading member of the Japanese Music Society based at SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies), University of London. As part of her continuing relationship with SOAS, she has also taught koto and shamisen at ESS summer schools. She is also a member of the Hibiki Ensemble.


Takahashi Gaho

TAKAHASHI Gaho started learning the koto when she was 5 years old from her mother, TAKAHASHI Utaiko. At the age of 15 she started having lessons with professor ANDO Masateru at the Tokyo University of Arts, where she also received her bachelor’s degree in music, with a focus on koto and shamisen.

Since then, Gaho has performed extensively around the world, including in the Teatro Malibran in Italy, the Wiener Konzerthaus in Austria, and at Federation Square in Melbourne. In Japan, she has performed at many venues such as Sogakudo Hall, Kyusogakudo Hall, Kioi Hall, Marunouchi Building, and at the Edo-Tokyo Museum.

She won the National Hogaku High School Student competition in 2005 as well as 3rd prize in the Folk Instruments Osaka International Music Competition in 2015. She was also a teacher and performer at the ESS Summer School in Lisbon in 2019.