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Sonoma County Matsuri Festival Presents: The Empty Bell featuring Riley Kōhō Lee
The Church of One Tree
Santa Rosa, CA
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Back by popular demand, Shakuhachi Grand Master Riley Lee returns for an evening of traditional and modern shakuhachi music, joined by Elliot Kallen, Naoko and the Voices of TenTen Taiko. This concert promises to delight and inspire attendees. Last years concert with Riley and Elliot was completely sold out, so purchase your tickets early! Don't miss this rare opportunity to experience music in an intimate space with world renowned performers.

About the performers:

Riley Kōhō Lee began playing the shakuhachi, the traditional, end-blown bamboo flute from Japan, in 1971. He is the recipient of two of the oldest and most venerated lineages of traditional shakuhachi, which can be traced back to the Zen Buddhist komusō, or "priests of nothingness" of the Edo period in Japan. In 1980, he became the first non-Japanese to attain the rank of dai shihan or Grand Master. Riley's music is meditation. It has been used worldwide in yoga and tai chi classes, and by massage, acupuncture, and other bodywork therapists. He lives in Manly NSW Australia and is co-founder of TaikOz. For a complete biography visit:  www.rileylee.net

Elliot Kallen also plays the shakuhachi. He is part of the Kinko-ryu lineage that also has its roots in the music of the Komusō monks. He is a student of David Kansuke Wheeler of Boulder, Colorado and also studies with Junsuke Kawase III, the third generation head of the Chikuyusha shakuhachi school in Tokyo. In 2006, Elliot was honored to be chosen to perform for Kawase-sensei's 70th birthday celebration at the National Theater in Tokyo. Since then he has performed throughout Japan, Australia, and the United States. Elliot is also a founding member of Sebastopol's TenTen Taiko and performs, teaches, and lectures about Japanese classical music regularly from his home in Santa Rosa, California. For more on Elliot visit www.japanflute.com

Naoko has been playing the koto since she was six years old, studying with Koji Kikuhara, a highly ranked student of Living National Treasure Hatsuko Kikuhara. In 1987 she received her professional performance and teachers license at the Todo Music Association, a school with over 100 years of history. She studied classical singing with Ichijuro Kiyomoto and Fujima style dance with Monjuro Fujima from 1979 to 1981. Naoko teaches and performs Nogawa Style jiuta shamisen and Ikuta style koto from her home base in Davis, CA. She has performed throughout the United States since 1994.

Sebastopol's TenTen Taiko has been a Sonoma County favorite since its formation in 2006. At this concert, TenTen will showcase their singing voices in a very special performance (saving their Taiko drumming for the next days Matsuri Festival!).
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Don't forget Sonoma County Matsuri Festival Saturday, June 1 - 11 am to 5 pm in Juilliard Park


The Church of One Tree (View)
492 Sonoma Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
United States


Music > World
Other > Festivals

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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