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傳統音樂學系於4月22日邀請到來自美國,日本尺八演奏家Shawn Renzoh Head(蓮藏)老師蒞校進行為期一週的交流行程,期間並舉辦了兩場專題講座與一場示範演出,除了欣賞融合傳統與新創的尺八音樂外,藉由講座同時也瞭解這位來自美國的蓮藏老師,如何在他的音樂生涯大轉彎,從小提琴手轉變為專業尺八表演者,以及在東西文化的差異下,他一路走來的音樂生涯所面臨到的種種挑戰。

日本傳統樂器尺八(Shakuhachi )具有極高的辨識度,當聽到基本兩三個音符旋律時,不難聯想到在許多日本時代劇中,忍者或武士緊接著就會出現。蓮藏老師表示,他本為小提琴家,後來因為身體上的職業傷害,不得暫停這項演奏工作,而之後的一趟亞洲之旅,讓他認識了「尺八」這項傳統樂器,進而赴日本研習,而走上職業演奏家這條路,則是他未曾預料到的事。

蓮藏老師表示,有些人認為傳統樂器有其演奏上的限制,但對他來說,相反地,是可以融合不同的元素來進行創作,除保留原有的風貌外,另也可激發出全新的風貌,賦予及詮釋出新的演奏風格與內涵。舉例來說,尺八可以加上Bbox,或是融合藏音演唱等之演奏技巧,讓傳統音樂更加生動活潑,讓年輕一輩的學童產生興趣,和提高對這類音樂的接受度。

在成為專業尺八演奏家之後,蓮藏老師面臨到東西文化差異衝擊中,在亞洲人眼中看西方人演奏,以及在西方國家看西方人演奏東方傳統音樂的極大差異與不同接受度。蓮藏老師說明,一般而言,在美國對於西方人演奏東方樂器只有一半的接受度,也許是政治立場的不同,或是文化太過多元,蓮藏老師在亞洲的發展,遠比在自己的國家來的順利與受人尊崇,但他依舊樂觀的看待與接受每次的挑戰,並認為此生能以音樂為職業,感到無比榮幸與快樂。

蓮藏老師鼓勵每位學習傳統樂器的學子,不需當人群中最聰明的那位,唯有不斷的努力,才能讓努力被看見,且擁有長久的職業生涯;換句話說,像有些人雖是天才,但因不努力,平均能工作的時間卻只有短短一年左右。

另於24日在「未來●傳統實驗基地」所舉辦的「Connecting Roots, Music for Shakuhachi 」音樂會中,蓮藏老師演奏了八首包括北藝大傳音系校友與他合作的作曲家,及自己所編創的《Honshirabe》、《Koden Sugomori》、《The Nesting Cranes》、《Empty Cicada Shell》、《Song of Autumn》、《Echo》、《Burning Roots Sketch No.1》與《Insade My Pine Viewing Room, and A Folding Fan》等傳統與新創曲目,帶領在場與會師生及觀眾體驗一場顛覆傳統尺八演奏之全新饗宴。

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Kenyon Collegian 

"Visiting musician performs rhythmic shakuhachi concert" 


https://kenyoncollegian.com/arts/2019/02/visiting-musician-performs-rhythmic-shakuhachi-concert/ 


Japanese Books For Everyone 日本語

上のリンクは日本語でございます。

Japanese Books for Everyone English

Use ^^ This link for the English translation. 


Successful Living 

Shawn Head on "Successful Living with Bill Knapik" Hear Shawn talk about the Shakuhachi Flute and much more....!



Eigo Nodo with Kazuaki Ueakawa 

Mr. Shawn Head, the master Shakuhachi performer spoke with me about how he started his music and got to where he is today as a shakuhachi performer. His background is classical music and he was introduced to Shakuhachi by meeting someone playing Shakuhachi-like instrument in China. He received Shakuhachi training online from Japanese experts and he himself received a high level of distinction as the Shakuhachi per...

The Plain Dealer. 

https://www.cleveland.com/musicdance/index.ssf/2016/02/cleveland_composer_shawn_head.html


Houston Public Media

https://www.houstonpublicmedia.org/articles/arts-culture/2017/05/03/198992/shawn-head-shines-on-shakuhachi/

https://wanosuteki.jp/post_23226

From Wa no Suteki - Japanese Blog Site 

https://people.co-minka.net/shakuhachi-shihan/

House Concert Japan 2017


"Shawn Head presented a fascinating lecture on Japanese musical notation and Japanese flute music for my sophomore Music Theory class. I was impressed with his ability to convey the subtle details of the music on his Japanese flute. The students found his presentation to be quite engaging and enjoyed it very much. I did as well!"

Lisa Rainsong

 Cleveland Institute of Music and Case Western Reserve University Music Theory faculty. 

"Shawn is a dedicated and creative professional who filled his role at BCMC admirably, presenting on the topics of composition and improvisation. The students responded with enthusiasm and confidence, rating their time with him as one of the high points of BCMC." 

Anna Vayman 

Artistic Director of Benefic Chamber Music Camp, Associate Violin Professor at Ball State University. 

"Shawn Head's performance of Shakuhachi music during our recent Classical Revolution Cleveland show was truly stunning. His technical and musical command of the instrument were stunning, and the repertoire performed was captivating. It was the first time CRC has incorporated music from that genre in our shows, and it was eye-opening. We hope to have him back soon!"

 Ariel Clayton Karas

 Director, Classical Revolution Cleveland


"It was enlightening to see Shawn perform Shakuhachi at Kent State University for the 2015 Annual Meeting of Ohio Association of Teachers of Japanese. He has great passion for Shakuhachi tradition and is determined to introduce it to the US audience. We were all moved by his quiet but strong will. He will be a great asset for Japanese music tradition. Meeting a young person like Shawn is a great joy for all of us in the field of Japanese language and culture education." 


 Hiroaki Kawamura

Ph.D., Associate Professor of Japanese, The University of Findlay; President, Ohio Association of Teachers of Japanese

Mr. Shawn Head did a wonderful job explaining Japanese aesthetics terms to a general audience. He was also good at getting students to participate in the lecture. His lecture was informative and entertaining. We all really enjoyed his lecture and admired his passion and knowledge.

Yongfei Yi, 

PhD Candidate Modern Japanese Literature Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures

"Shawn’s music is a deeply felt Japanese sentiment structured with a virtuosic western filigree." 

Misha Vayman

Critically Accalimed soloist and chamber musician


When I invited Shawn Renzoh Head to work with our orchestra in the premiere of his new concerto, my goal was to excite the students about new music and inspire our audience: Shawn Renzoh Head exceeded all of those aims.  Performing with Shawn was a magical experience for me as a conductor, and our orchestral students were clearly captivated.  The response from the audience was overwhelming.  Shawn opened up new worlds for our students as he engaged them with charm and a generous spirit.  

Brian P. Herrington, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Music and Director of the Symphony Orchestra, Music Theory Coordinator, Lone Star College-CyFair

Shawn’s dedication to the promotion of the shakuhachi and its particular characteristics, along with his unwavering support of new music and its practitioners, are to be greatly admired. In, 2018, he commissioned me to write a solo shakuhachi piece, combining modern western aesthetics with this prominent Japanese instrument. His tutorials on how to write for it were extremely helpful and clear, and his obvious devotion to the music he has premiered is inspiring. I am grateful to Shawn as he continues to perform my piece nationally and internationally, and I respect his commitment to bridging eastern and western musical traditions. 

  Eric Charnofsky

Case Western Reserve University Instructor, Pianist and Composer

Shawn Renzoh Head's Spring 2019 workshop at our flute studio at Butler University was illuminating, enlightening, and downright inspiring. My students and I were in awe of his command of the Shakuhachi flute as he performed traditional and original compositions for us. His description of his own journey into studying the Shakuhachi flute encouraged my students to think "outside the box" and explore entirely new creative avenues. After exploring Mr. Head's innovative yet hauntingly beautiful original compositions, we are planning on commissioning a new work for our flute choir. Indeed, his visit was the highlight of our year.

Karen Evans Moratz

Principal flutist of Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Artist in Residence at Butler University, and Author of Flute for Dummies. 



It was a real pleasure to have Shawn Head present a recital and speak with our students during his recent trip to Butler University’s School of Music. The students were quite taken with his performance and were fully engaged when he was able to discuss his music and take questions in an open forum. He also gave masterclasses for the flute and composition studios. Hearing the shakuhachi was a new and fascinating experience for many of our students.


David Murray 

Director – School of Music

Professor of Bass

Butler University

Shawn Head visited Illinois Wesleyan University this February as a featured guest of IWU’s New Music Series, which I direct.  While on campus, Mr. Head gave a presentation on his instrument to music composition and woodwind students, and performed a concert which included traditional Japanese music, his own compositions, and free improvisations.

Mr. Head’s presentation was full of useful historical, cultural and practical information on his instrument, as well as live demonstrations of the shakuhachi’s techniques and characteristics.  An engaging speaker, he connected well with the students. At the concert, Mr. Head gave accomplished and deeply expressive renditions of his own impressive compositions as well as traditional repertoire.  As his partner in the free improvisations, I was impressed with his ability to muster his considerable creativity and technique instantaneously to support the ongoing musical drama. When improvising with others, I always hope for situations in which it feels like s single musical intelligence is directing both performers, and this was very much the case in that evening’s musical explorations.

David Vayo 

Fern Rosetta Sherff Professor of Composition and Theory

Illinois Wesleyan Univeristy 

"Shawn is a dedicated musician and instructor  He has a great ear, and can hear right away what I'm doing so our lessons always feel engaged and personal. He keeps it challenging so I'm always motivated to excel and since I can easily review the recorded lessons, the Skype lesson format is very effective.  As a result not only have I improved more quickly than I thought possible I'm playing music I really love. I definitely recommend taking lessons from Shawn." 

Robin Bohumil

Current Shakuhachi Student


Shawn visited the Schwob School of Music in March 2019. He presented to both the flute and composition studios, as well as to the entire student body. Additionally, Shawn and I performed a recital together, featuring his compositions. As a collaborator, Shawn has a professional yet easy-going demeanor that allowed our rehearsals and performance to be enjoyable and successful. As a presenter, he was engaging and funny, allowing for interesting and informative lectures. As a composer, Shawn displays a maturity beyond his years, and I truly enjoy the pieces he has composed for me. After our recital, I received many compliments from audience members as to the refreshing programming of Shawn's compositions and the unique experience Shawn’s beautiful shakuhachi playing offered. I look forward to our next collaboration.

Katrin Meidell, DMA
Assistant Professor of Viola
Schwob School of Music
Columbus State University
Board Member, American Viola Society

Shawn Head is a master musician/composer.  His music tells stories through the traditional beautiful instrument made of a bamboo with craftsmanship.   Shawn puts life into it through rich expressions and technical sophistication.  The diverse tone he creates is nothing like performers of other modern instruments.  His vibrato, deep resonance, and slow and quick legato runs seem coming from deep inside his whole body.   Shakuhachi only has five holes, but seeing Shawn on stage or in videos allows one to observe how the performer’s whole being are affecting the tone.  As I listen to Shawn’s music with my eyes closed, I hear sounds of nature: sound of wind blowing, leaves falling, birds twittering away, and animals’ howling.  My favorite is Shawn’s masterpiece, Fourteen Roei, which is Shawn’s musical interpretation of Japanese classical poems.  Fourteen Roei reflects Shawn’s deep appreciation of Japanese culture and its ancient past.  It reflects passion and respect Shawn holds for Japanese art, history, and people.  Shawn seems pushing the boundary of musical possibilities through a deceptively simple instrument that is allowing him to tell stories though music.


Kazuaki Uekawa, Ph.D  

Author of Eigo Nodo, expert in Japanese and English language translation and pronunciation. 

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