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Tajima Tadashi


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Tadashi Tajima (田嶋直士) was born in Sakai, Osaka in 1942. He began to study upon entering the Kinko School, where he trained with Chikuho Sakai in mastering the classical (the term refers to the solo shakuhachi music that was developed in the 17th and 18th centuries by Zen monks as a form of spiritual practice and meditation). Later in Tajima’s development, Sakai was moved by Tajima’s passion for playing and introduced him to a new master, Katsuya Yokoyama. At the age of 29, Tajima began studying with Yokoyama who, although originally from the Kinko School, had studied a number of years with an idiosyncratic musician by the name of Watazumi who emphasized using very long flutes and added a lot of breathiness to the resulting sound. Yokoyama made this style popular among shakuhachi players and devotees, and Tajima is considered to be one of his best and most well-known students. Mr. Tajima has performed and traveled around the world, including North America, China, Europe and Australia. He was awarded the grand prize for traditional Japanese music at the Pan Musik Festival, and the achievement award for Osaka’s Theatrical and Musical Arts Organization. In addition to traditional concert settings, Mr. Tajima has also experimented with playing the shakuhachi in various spatial and sonic locations including an oratory at a Shinto shrine, on the surface of a lake, and inside a cave.


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    Sublime. a Path of dew... a bowl of tea?

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  • avivagabriel

    To the person who added English translations of the Japanese song titles...many thanks! I enjoy knowing the imagistic intention behind the composition of each piece.

    20 Feb 2009 Reply
  • avivagabriel

    Such expressive, even complex breath work (manipulation, bending, volume and dynamics) in his shakuhachi playing; he's one of the best and most compelling players I've heard so far.

    20 Feb 2009 Reply
  • Mikaeiri77

    'Aware'.... Beautiful

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