James Nyoraku Schlefer. Photo by Nicole Goodhue Boyd

Soapbox Gallery to Live Stream Shakuhachi Concert

Breathing Peace II

Thursday, May 7 at 7:00 p.m.

Live streamed from Soapbox Gallery – 636 Dean Street, Brooklyn

Suggested donation: $10

Shakuhachi Master James Nyoraku Schlefer will perform the second in 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 calm to the environment. Together the performer and audience create the time and space for breathing and contemplation.

About James Nyoraku Schlefer

Life-long 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 ground-breaking composer. His 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 honored him as 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. This special music has been passed down from teacher to student for many centuries.

How to Access the Live Stream

To make your donation and to view the live stream, please visit Soapbox Gallery’s website. 50% of the proceeds will go to Doctors Without Borders.


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