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ESS ANNOUNCEMENT at Winter Concert December 11

About the ESS Dublin 2023 Summer School

Dates: July 2023

Venue: to be announced

Saturday: Gala Concert

The concert will feature many of the teachers and some musicians of Irish traditional music.


Participants will have the opportunity to encounter lineages including Kinko, Tozan, Zensabo and KSK as well as a wide range of genres such as honkyoku, sankyoku, shinkyoku, contemporary and min’yō.

There will be limited places available on the ji-nashi shakuhachi making workshop led by José Seizan Vargas and Thomas Goulpeau during the first two days of the summer school. Please tick the box on the registration form to secure your place. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

A particular focus of this summer school will be an introduction to the deep heritage of Irish music. There will be classes in playing Irish music on shakuhachi as well as Irish instruments being featured in the concerts. We will also organise some evening entertainment which may involve tasting the famous black beverage, known locally as the ’Pint of Plain’.

There will be a dedicated space for participants to spend time in guided meditation and suizen.

Koto and shamisen will also be part of the program with professional players accompanying sankyoku and shinkyoku classes and performing in concerts.


To be announced.

Other teachers and performers will include: Kiku Day, Horacio Curti, Jean-François Lagrost, Michael Soumei Coxall, José Seizan Vargas, Philip Suimei Horan


In general, teaching will be offered at four levels:  beginners, elementary, intermediate and advanced.  For those who have never played the shakuhachi before and who want to discover this amazing instrument, there will also be a 4-day beginners’ course taught by experienced professional players. Shakuhachi will be available to borrow or buy. 

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