Breathing Peace: Music for Shakuhachi at Soapbox Gallery

Breathing Peace
Music for Shakuhachi – Sound, Silence and Peace for Daily Life

Thursday, January 30 at 7:30 p.m.

Soapbox Gallery – 636 Dean Street, Brooklyn

Admission: $20/$10 Students

Shakuhachi Grand Master James Nyoraku Schlefer will perform the first of a series of concerts at Soapbox Gallery devoted to traditional music for shakuhachi, the Japanese bamboo flute.

Long associated with Zen Buddhist meditation practice, the haunting and powerful sounds of the bamboo flute bring a calmness to the environment. Together the performer and audience create the time and space for breathing and contemplation.

For this series, Schlefer will draw from different regional styles of traditional shakuhachi music, including Kinko and Kinpu schools and from various Fuke temples.


  • Murasaki Reibo (Myoan Shimpo)
  • Shishi no Kyoku (Kinpu Ryu – Nezasaha)
  • Ifu Sashi (Itchoken Temple)
  • Mukaiji Reibo (Kinko Ryu)
James Nyoraku Schlefer from

About James Nyoraku Schlefer

Lifelong Brooklyn resident James Nyoraku Schlefer is a Grand Master of the Japanese shakuhachi flute. He is a virtuoso performer of traditional and contemporary music, an esteemed teacher in the Kinko school, and a groundbreaking composer. Schlefer’s efforts promote and sustain traditional shakuhachi music through performances, lecture/demonstrations, residencies, and concert programming. His original compositions forge new ground with contemporary works for both Japanese and Western instruments and ensembles. In 2015, Musical America International named him one of the “30 Top Professionals and Influencers.”

About the Shakuhachi

The shakuhachi is an end-blown Japanese flute made of bamboo. The Fuke School of Buddhism originally played it as a form of Zen meditation practice. Teachers have passed down this special music to students for many centuries.

About Soapbox Gallery

Soapbox Gallery is dedicated to presenting music, performance, and works of art that engage the issues of our time. The room itself is a beautiful, meditative environment with state-of-the art acoustics to showcase exceptional musicianship from around the world. Art and culture are powerful reminders of our shared humanity, which can help to shape identity and promote social evolution. A simple, humble box—on which one stands and delivers a speech—can start a movement and perhaps even help change the world.

It’s Soapbox Gallery founders’ mission to create space for civil conversation between those with differing views. The intent of their programming is to create a dialogue where everyone has a seat at the table.

To purchase tickets, please visit Soapbox Gallery’s Eventbrite page.

Next in the series: Thursday, April 30 at 7:30 p.m. at Soapbox Gallery

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