What we do

Let's play familiar tunes on the shakuhachi

  • Organization : Office Sound Pot
  • Section : None
  • Type of Grant Program : Single


Hands-on experience event

Number of practical skill sessions per participant (including presentation/rehearsals for presentation)
5 sessions

Principal instructor
Akikazu Nakamura

Event features
This program has been designed to provide enjoyable lessons for participants, using adapters to enable even beginners to produce a sound straight away, and featuring practice songs with which everyone will be familiar.
Mini-concerts will provide the opportunity to listen to the sound of the real thing up close, liberally interspersed with anecdotes about Japanese music past and present, thereby ensuring that participants can gain both skills and knowledge from these workshops.

Publicity methods for the recruitment of participants (collaboration, cooperation, networking, etc.)
The program will be advertised on Twitter and other social media. Posters will be put up at nearby stations. Leaflets will be made available at local cafés and restaurants, post offices, and concert halls.
The program will be featured in Hougaku Journal (a monthly magazine providing information about concerts and musical instruments, with a principal focus on traditional Japanese music) and newspapers, etc.

Ways to enable participants to continue with practical skills experience (other than programs covered by this grant) after the end of the event
Conscious of the need to promote an ongoing interest in shakuhachi among participants, the repertoire featured in the practical skills sessions goes beyond classical songs.
Ordinary lessons also take place at the same venue as this program, providing an environment in which participants can readily continue practical skills sessions after participating in this program.
Participants will also be provided with information about a mini-concert involving students of Akikazu Nakamura that will be taking place after the five sessions of this program have been completed, so that participants can gain an idea of what they could achieve if they continue learning the shakuhachi by watching people who attend regular practices. (The annual mini-concert features not only shakuhachi performances, but also duets with instruments such as the biwa and piano, enabling the audience to discover the diverse appeal of the shakuhachi.)


Office Sound Pot
Akikazu Nakamura (composer / shakuhachi performer); Studied composition and jazz theory at Berklee College of Music and New England Conservatory of Music, Graduate Study. Widely active in Komuso shakuhachi, rock, jazz, contemporary music, improvisation, collaboration, etc. Performed at 150 cities in 40 countries around the world, including commission by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Japan Foundation, and inviting from overseas. Performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival, Berlin Philharmonie Hall, etc. As a composer, he is commissioned by the German national broadcaster and the Ravel String Quartet. Released 12 CDs and 3 books.


Machida Rika
Office Sound Pot
Minami Karasuyama 1-6-3, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 157-0062
Tel: +81-(0)3-5374-8373
Fax: +81-(0)3-3303-4866
E-mail: soundpot3@gmail.com


Office Sound Pot meeting room, Setagaya City, Tokyo