About the Dublin 2023 Online Package
The ESS Dublin Summer School will have an online package for participants who cannot attend in-person. This will be offered via Zoom.
This online package provides live-streams to give access to teaching sessions, talks, concerts and special classes on technique and features a variety of teachers from the Dublin Summer School. The package includes a live stream of the Teachers’ and Gala concerts. Additionally the online participants will also have access to all the Summer School study materials (scores, mp3, etc.).
Please note, to ensure an uninterrupted listening experience for viewers, participant audio will be disabled. There will be a live chat function enabled but questions from online participants to teachers might not be possible or limited. Also there will be no recording of the zoom stream available after the live stream for online participants.
The sessions level label is mainly meant for general orientation and we encourage all participants to attend all sessions regardless of their level, as there is always something new to be discovered and learned.
Registered participants will receive the link to download the study materials after their successful event registration. If you have not received a link more than four days after registration, please contact us.
Online Package ESS Members – €100
Online Package non-ESS Members – €150
Note that online participants do not need to fill in the registration form and please use the same Zoom name and email address that you pay with.
The preferred method of payment is PAYPAL
Use the link below to the main ESS website where you can complete PayPal payment.
Schedule for Dublin 2023 Online Package
|DAY 1||Thursday July 20|
|Araki Kodō VI |
|Bell Ringing in the Empty Sky’ of the Kinko school is one of the three oldest pieces, known as the koden-sankyoku of the Fuke shakuhachi tradition. Koku Reibo is said to have been originally composed by a Zen priest named Kyochiku when he attained enlightenment in a dream.|
|A few folk songs from the Irish tradition. We will start with two Dublin tunes, Cockles and Muscles and Return from Fingal and will finish with The Parting Glass for shakuhachi quartet!|
|Adrift on the sea of tranquility’ is an original piece by Riley Lee.|
|17:00-18:00||José Seizan Vargas|
|José Seizan Vargas will explain the unique qualities of bamboo and how it applies to shakuhachi harvesting and making.|
|DAY 2||FRIday July 21|
|Araki Kodō VI |
Shika no Tone
|The Kodō-kai solo version of Shika no Tone.|
|Tunes include Eanach Dhuin, Marbhla Luimní and Mná na hEireann.|
|This Chikuho-ryū honkyoku which means Exile was composed by Chikuho Sakai.|
The multifaceted Shakuhachi: Militarism, Healing and Spirituality
|The shakuhachi is often perceived as an instrument of contemplation, meditation, and Buddhist values. Outside Japan, the komusō monks are often seen as a symbol of self-willed individualists (Keister 2005), while in Japan the shakuhachi is often conceived as an instrument for retired men (Smith 2008). Few players, inside or outside Japan, are aware of the role of the shakuhachi during the first half of the 20th century of Japanese militarism and nationalism. During this period the shakuhachi became a symbol of Japaneseness, and soldiers were encouraged to play the instrument during their service. It was, however, also used as a comfort for the war wounded for whom concerts were held and to whom shakuhachi lessons were offered. I analyse writings on shakuhachi in magazines, newspapers from around 1930 till today in order to analyse the movement and change in the identity of the players of shakuhachi and how the instrument is viewed. |
Based on interviews with persons who knew shakuhachi players involved in teaching, performing, and promoting shakuhachi during WWII, I reflect on how a musical instrument can be used at a political level as well as what it meant to the persons directly involved during that time and after. I investigate how the multiple identities of players and their views of the shakuhachi changed over time to an instrument of hōgaku(Japanese music) with many professional, conservatory-educated players and as the representation of spiritual music in Japan.
|DAY 3||SATURday July 22|
|Araki Kodō VI |
Chidori no kyoku
|Araki Kodō VI will teach this classic with insights into the unique sankyoku style of his father, Araki Kodō V.|
Irish dance tunes
Elementary to Advanced
|This will include some fast dance tunes including jigs, reels and slides.|
|These songs were composed 1000 years ago by Hildegard of Bingen, a lady a millennia ahead of her times. They are interpreted here on the shakuhachi, an instrument at least 1300 years old. Yet the music is less dated than last year’s “top of the charts”. It is eternally contemporary and forever relevant.|
|17:00-18:00||Irish music performance||Summer school participants will perform some of the Irish tunes learnt. Hanz Araki (Irish flute) will join Philip Horan (shakuhachi), Bryan Jardin (guitar), Joke Verdoold (Irish harp) and Adrian Scahill (concertina) for an informal Irish music session.|
|DAY 4||SUNday July 23|
|10:00-11:15||Suizan Jean-François Lagrost|
|Selected participants will perform a piece within the format of a masterclass.|
|A demonstration of the main techniques for shakuhachi with practical exercises to practice and perfect.|
|13:00-14:30||Gala Concert||Performances from our main guest performers, Riley Lee and Araki Kodō VI. Two world premieres performed by Kiku Day and Emmanuelle Rouaud and much more.|