František Týmal

An artist, film-maker and movie industry lecturer
A graduate of Audiovisual studies, FAMU
František Týmal engages in experimental movie and new media production and the application of moving pictures in the visual arts and theatre. His works are notable for the strong bond with the media materiality, and the ability to transform the light and sound into a living substance. He is a co-founder of the Kinoapará platform, which pursues the intention of education and creation in the field of the classic film techniques and technologies. As a movie industry lecturer, František Týmal cooperates with the National Film Archive in Prague, FAMU and the Freecinema company. 

Wolfgang Fuyûgen Heßler

Belongs to a modern generation of musicians, who’s education and work is based not only on the music of one culture.
Grown up in Munich he studied doublebass with Herbert Duft and graduated from the Munich College of Music. Next, he worked at the Orchestra of the State-Opera (National Theatre Munich), the Munich Philharmonic and the Bavarian Radio Symphony-Orchestra. partly still during his studies.
In Switzerland Wolfgang Hessler studied the Japanese bamboo-flute shakuhachi in the tradition of the Kinko-School with Dr. Andreas Fuyû Gutzwiller at the Studio for Extraeuropean Music of the Academie of Music Basel. Several journeys and study visits to Japan took him to Kawase Junsuke III, head of the Zenkoku Chikuyusha in Tokyo, who performed the Shihan-Menyô-Ceremony for him to confirm the reception of the tradition. In addition, Wolfgang Hessler studied with Nobuhisa Ikkei Hanada in the tradition of the temple Itchôken (Hakata/Kyûshu).
Wolfgang Hessler lives and teaches in Zurich, performing in concerts and recitals traditional Japanese music (honkyoku and gaikyoku) and modern music as well as with improvisation ensembles.
Influenced by Sergiu Celibidache, affected by the practice of playing the shakuhachi as an exercise in concentration and respiration of the Fuke-monks in Japan, he dedicates his activity to the spiritual dimension of making music. Leaving behind any concept and construct, any will and intention, making music happens as activity in alertness and concentration, guided by one’s proper breath and the almost unexhaustable tone colour of the shakuhachi. It plays. This is not extraneous to western music, but hardly anyone knows about that nowadays.

Mitsuru Saito

Mitsuru Saito is a musicologist who studies the modern and contemporary music culture of Japan. He graduated from Tokyo University of Arts as a shakuhachi major, and he has had a keen interest in shakuhachi music of the modern and contemporary era. One of his major works is a book about Yamaguchi Gorō (1933–99), of which he was also a member of the editorial board. Yamaguchi Gorō is known as one of the best shakuhachi players of the twentieth century, as well as the first university professor of the shakuhachi.

Currently, Mitsuru Saito occupies the position as Associate Professor at Yamaguchi University in Japan. At the same time, he is a reviewer commenting on books, CDs, and DVDs about Japanese traditional music in the Hōgaku Journal, a monthly magazine for Japanese music. His latest work published in 2013 was a book on Misora Hibari (1937–89), “la diva assoluta” (the most celebrated female singer) in Japan.

Seizan Osako

Tozan-ryu Shakuhachi Shihan (licenced teacher of Tozan shakuhachi school) Tutored under Kozan Yamazaki (recording and turing with well-known shamisen group `Yoshida Kyodai`) from 1990`s. Also studying under Tozan-ryu masters such as Taizan Kawamura and Houzan Nomura at the Tozan-ryu masterclasses over last decade. Currently resides in Prague, Czech republic and performs not just Japanese traditional pieces but modern and improvisational style of music, his co-performers include shakuhachi player Vlastislav Matousek, pianist Martin Kratochvil and percussionist Zangi. Besides studying the Tozan-ryu, he commutes few times a year to Itchoken zen temple in Fukuoka city, Japan to learn its traditional koten honkyoku.

Other music back ground includes academic study of piano and jazz theory and ensemble with Ron Perry and Peter Domingues at the music department of Michigan State University in USA and for playing saxophone, toured with local blues bands in Japan, recording CD with local Moravian band, currently studying under Jiri Kulisev from Jaroslav Jezek Conservatory.

Martin Klusák

Martin Klusák (*1987) first studied film sound-design at FAMU (The School of Film of AMU, Prague). In 2010, having composed several soundtracks for student films, Martin decided to sharpen his composition skills also at the Music and Dance Faculty of AMU, under the mentorship of prof. Ivana Loudová, and slowly began to focus on autonomous concert music. Since 2010, Martin has already reached several significant achievements, such as main awards in a competition of the Prague Philharmonic Choir (2012) and in the Janáčkův Máj festival competition (2014), prize of the public in a contest of the Berg orchestra (2013), and the best Czech electroacoustic composition award in the Musica Nova competition (2011). As a sound designer he recently worked on a feature film, The Great Night, which won the Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival in 2013.

Schola Specialis Familiae

Early polyphony from Czech musical sources (Codex Franus, Codex Specialnik, Jistebnice Cancional etc.)
Ensemble led by composer and musicologist Doc. Vlastislav Matoušek Ph.D. focusing on authentic performing practice of Medieval Music. Extensive instrumentary of this band includes rare or forgotten European instruments such as hurdy-gurdy, trumshait or one-handed flute. More info on their website.

Amit Chatterjee

Amit's sitar playing is purely Hindusthani Classical Music, and respecting the full tradition of the art. His style is from the "gayaki ang" (vocal style), although not from the "popular gayaki ang" as is prevalent today. Amit Chatterjee follows the gayaki ang that includes the entire method of the great vocalists, the musical elements, as well as forms that the master singers developed. In his sitar playing, one can hear the profound, introspective elements of the singers, their elegance of pace and timing, and, when the time is right, their jubilant and spontaneous flights in high-speed and virtuosic forays. 

The gayaki ang that Amit Chatterjee follows is not an "imitation" of vocal techniques on an instrument. It is about actually "singing" through the instrument, and adhering to the structures that are most appropriate for the great singers. This allows for deep and heart-rendering expressions of the highly sophisticated art of Indian Classical Music to reach the listener deep within, and goes beyond the "entertaining" versions of Indian Classical Music that is usually presented.

Apart from his passion for Indian music, Amit is a formidable guitarist who recorded and performed with such personnas of western music as David Liebman, Mike Clark, Carlos Santana, Sting, Badal Roy (Miles Davis, Ornette Coleman) and Vicki Richards.

The Magic Carpathians

Carpathians Project has been active since 1998, established by Anna Nacher and Marek Styczyński (who previously had been a leader Theatre of Sound ATMAN). Influenced by musical traditions of Eastern and Central Europe (most notably the multicultural region of Carpathians mountains, spanning through Romania, Hungary, Ukraine, Poland and Slovakia), free jazz, the philosophy of sound of classical Indian music and contemporary classic the duo creates compositions based on improvisation using plethora of traditional instruments from Asia, Europa and Australia. Prepared electric guitar, home-made analog electronics, field recordings made during their numerous travels around the world and bastardised radio waves add up to the distinct atmosphere of their music. Anna Nacher is also praised for her vocal technique – she has mastered various types of traditional styles of singing known as throat singing, developped through Central Asia and Eastern Europe. She regularly run voice trainings through a series of workshops (Poland, Greece, Germany, Slovenia).

 The Magic Carpathians Project has released highly acclaimed albums on Obuh Records, Drunken Fish Records, Vivo Records, Requiem Records, Reverb Worship as well as on their self-managed label, World Flag Records. They are  present on many compilations released in the UK (compilation “New Music from Central and eastern Europe” released by The Wire), Sweden, the U.S, Italy, toured USA in 2001 and 2006 (playing at many clubs: from Knitting Factory, NYC through SXSW, Austin to Bottom of the Hill, SF as well as performing at legendary Terrastock Festival in 2006) and Europe (Germany, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Switzerland, Sweden, Italy, Central Europe). The cooperations include the split CD with the American group Cerberus Shoal released on Northeast Indie and recent album with guest appearance of Eric Arn (of Crystallized Movements and Primordial Undermind).

Listed in All Music Guide. Reviewed in Magnet, The Wire, Downbeat, San Francisco Weekly,,, Dream Magazine, Ptolemaic Terrascope, The Broken Face (Sweden), Skug (Austria), Rockerilla (Italy). Regularly played at leading free form radio stations across the world: WFMU, KFJC, WNUR , KSPC (in World Top 10 chart for April, the 10th, 2001), WCBN, WMBR, WXYC, KDVS, KZSU, Freies Radio Kassel (Germany), Radio Undo D’Orta (Italy), Radio Centraal (Belgium), Radio Ciutat Vella (Spain) Radio 100, Radio Caroline (the Netherlands), DeutschesRadio, Borderlines, Multi Kulti (Germany), Resonance FM (UK), Radio Akropolis (Czech Republic).

Naoko Kikuchi

Born in Sendai Japan. She learned koto since her little age by her grand mother and mother. Since 1989 she took lessons by Tadao Sawai and Kazue Sawai.
When she was Sophia University student in Tokyo, she joined world tour (Austria,Ukraine,Russia,Switzerland,Germany,France and middle and south America.)as member of Sawai Kazue Koto Ensemble. She joined Recordings (d'c records). She graduated from NHK (Japanese National Broadcasting Company) School of Performing Traditional Japanese Instruments and obtained master licence. She was selected cultural internship student by the Agency for Cultural Affairs and received prizes from several contest.
She uses her talent in a wide spectrum of activities ranging from premiering new music, commissioning composers, collaborating with other musicians and artists (dance and drama) to playing traditional koto and chamber music.
In 2007, she received "Fellowship of the Japanese Government Overseas Study Programme for Artists". She went to Frankfurt, Germany, to study contemporary music in IEMA (Internationale Ensemble Modern Akademie) and expanded her skill for modern music.
Now, she lives in Frankfurt, Germany and regularly performs and teaches in Tokyo(Japan) and Germany.

Dušan Holík

Dušan Holík is a famous fujara player born in Očová, Slovakia. Since he was ten years old, he played in various folk ensembles and performed many in times in Slovakia and abroad. After graduation at Conservatorium where he studied wind instruments, he took up teaching music at Elementary art school and making of traditional Slovakian musical instruments.

He learned the basics of playing and making the fujara from his father. He gained further experience through collaborating with some of the most prominent Slovakian makers and players.

Dušan Holík still lives in his hometown and makes fujaras and other flutes. Utilitizing his music education he was able to create his style of flute playing. Apart from making instruments he also gathered and wrote down a large repertoire for teaching fujara and flute. He is also the founder of the first fujara school ever.
He has recorded several CDs of fujara music, including collaboration with shakuhachi player Antonio Enzan Olías. He leads masterclasses in Slovakia as well as overseas. He pioneers contemporary approaches and techniques towards the ancient instrument. Introducing professional level of performance on Slovakian folk instruments.

Jean-François Suizan Lagrost

French-born flutist Suizan J.-F. Lagrost studied concert flute in Mulhouse and Paris with Isabelle Froesch-Papirer, Daniel Morlier, Geneviève Amar, Vicens Prats and Michel Rousseau. Laureate of many French and international prizes, recognized concert performer and Principal Flute of Paris Flute Ensemble, he’s been teaching in two conservatoires near Paris for fifteen years.

Along with his instrumental curriculum, he studied musicology in Paris-Sorbonne University, where he achieved a DEA in 20th century music headed by Marc Battier.

He began shakuhachi in 2000 with Grand Master Sōzan Kariya, eminent representative of Tozan school. Mitsuko Nakao, the granddaughter of the founder of the school Tozan Nakao, awarded him seven years later the title of Shihan (master). He has studied since 2007 with Véronique Piron in the style of Katsuya Yokoyama and Kinko notation.

Suizan J.-F. Lagrost is a regular guest at European shakuhachi festivals. His duo with koto player Mieko Miyazaki meets great success in France and abroad. Their CD (Kyoku - Japanese Chamber Music) received excellent reviews throughout Europe. In 2011, he founded and continues to manage the world’s main forum for shakuhachi (

Suizan Lagrost enjoys an international career in traditional, contemporary or mixed repertoires.

Fujiwara Dozan

The most visible player of the upcoming generation of shakuhachi players. His sound and expression is adored in prestigious concert halls and popular music arenas alike. In spite of his star status (or maybe because of it) he seldom concerts outside Japan, this being his first travel to Europe.
Started Shakuhachi at the age of 10. Learned the instrument from the Living National Treasure, Hozan Yamamoto, the Shakuhachi master. Completed the graduate study at the Graduate School of Music, Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. Released his first CD album in 2001. By pursuing shakuhachi's point of origin and getting out of the box, Dozan has changed the image of shakuhachi and composed various music. In addition to his solo artist activity, Dozan has composed films and stage music. Currently, he is a shakuhachi instructor at Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music teaching new generation of players.

Christopher Yohmei Blasdel

Christopher Yohmei Blasdel began the shakuhachi and studies of Japanese music in 1972 with Living National Treasure Goro Yamaguchi. He also studied Fuke shakuhachi under Okamoto Chikugai, jiuta ensemble playing with Fujii Kunie and ryûteki flute under Shiba Sukeyasu. In 1982 he received an MFA in ethnomusicology from Tokyo University of Fine Arts and Music and is one of only two non-Japanese to be accredited as a shihan master by Yamaguchi. Performing in Japan and around the world, Blasdel maintains a balance between traditional shakuhachi music, modern compositions and cross-genre work with musicians, dancers, poets and visual artists. Discography includes Navarasa (2009), Breath Play (2007), Visionary Tones (2005) and several other CDs of traditional and contemporary music. He has composed and performed music for NHK documentaries and various films. He co-organized the World Shakuhachi Festival ’98 held in Boulder, Colorado and the Sydney World Shakuhachi Festival in 2008. He is the senior advisor to the annual Prague Shakuhachi Festival. His semi-autobiographical book, The Single Tone—A Personal Journey through Shakuhachi Music (Printed Matter Press, 2005) and The Shakuhachi, A Manual for Learning (1988) are two of the most important English language resource books on the shakuhachi. He presently teaches Japanese music at Temple University in Tokyo, is Artistic Director of the International House of Japan and is a coordinator/mentor for the Columbia University Hôgaku Program. He holds a third-degree black belt in Aikido.

Antonio Enzan Olías

Antonio took up the shakuhachi in 2001 and started lessons with Anne Norman and Andrew Macgregor in Melbourne - Australia. His passion for this instrument, its asthetic of the music, enthusiasm and philosophy led to him to study formerly this sublime Japanese bamboo flute in Tokyo under the direction of some of the best shakuhachi masters. He was awarded with two grants from the Gen Foundation and AIE "Artistas Intérpretes y Ejecutantes" to carry his studies in Japan.
He received instruction in both styles, classical and contemporary music. Antonio received tuition from Tanaka Komei "Kinko Ryu Chikumeisha", Etsuzan Fujiyoshi "Fukeshu Shakuhachi" and Kuniyoshi Suguwara and Kato Hidekazu "Kokusai Shakuhachi Kensukan".
In contemporary music he learnt from top master players as Teruhisa Fukuda, Kuniyoshi Sugawara, Tanabe Shozan and Kato Hidekazu.In 2010 Etsuzan Fujiyoshi awarded him with the professional name Saiho Enzan "Fire Mountain from the West".
He has toured throughout Spain, Japan, Egypt, Germany, The Netherlands, Slovakia, France and Portugal. In his professional activity he gave lectures about Japanese music at the Autonoma University of Madrid, University of Salamanca, conservatories, teacher´s training colleges and educational associations.
He has received several awards as soloist in World Music Contests in Spain. He was awarded on the 2nd Price at Intermúsicas Music Contest in 2004. He won the Composition Music Contest of the 250 Years of the Foundation of Isla Cristina with his composition Three Bamboo Poems in 2006. In the World Music Contest of Madrid he was awarded on the 1st Price in 2007.
As a composer his first CD "Encuentros" was recorded in 2007 at the top of Mount Mikabo in Gunma mountains featuring Japanese and Spanish musicians. His composition South Wind was selected as the tuning of the Radio 3 "Saludo al Sol" and the well known Spanish dance company Larumbe Danza chose his piece Three Dances for the Villa de Madrid International Dance Festival.
He has collaborated on the CD "Cantigas de Nuestro Señor - Songs of Our Lord" produced by Eduardo Paniagua one of the foremost specialist in Spanish Middle Age and Early Music and this album was funded by the National Library of Spain. He recorded the music for the short film Revé d´un Instant produced by the artist Francesc Ruestes as this short film was selected for Dalí Year. Antonio also took lessons with the famous flamenco flute player Juan Parrilla and this led to him participate in the project Play Along, a method to learn flamenco online with shakuhachi. Last collaboration he did was on the CD "Canciones Incrustables" from the band Sinápsidos that will be release on next Spring 2014. This project is a fusion between the musics of Central Asia, Japan, Flamenco and Rock.

Antonio has collaborated with butoh dancers Dakei "from Shizuku Company" and Ima Tenko. He was also invited as performer to play live music on dance workshops with dance masters as Víctor Orive "Artistic Director of Víctor Ullate Ballet", Joseph Stella and is currently working on the duo with Sharmini Tharmaratnam "Rewind - Fast Forward" a project for contemporary, kathak dance and original shakuhachi music.

Gunnar Jinmei Linder

Gunnar began to study the shakuhachi after having arrived in Japan in 1985. He was after a short period of time introduced to the master Yamaguchi Gorō (1933–99), the youngest ever designated living national treasure. Yamaguchi-sensei was head of the still active Chikumeisha guild of Kinko-ryū Shakuhachi, the oldest of the existing lineages of shakuhachi.

In 1993 Gunnar received the Japanese Monbukagakushō Scholarship, to study shakuhachi as soloist, at the traditional music conservatoire at Tokyo National University of the Arts (Tokyo Geidai). After two years of studies, Gunnar passed the entrance exam to the Master's program, and finished with an MA degree as shakuhachi soloist in 1997, the second non-Japanese to do so. Gunnar received his traditional license, shihan, and the name Jinmei (儘盟) from Yamaguchi Gorō in the summer of 1998, right after the first International Shakuhachi Festival to be held outside of Japan, in Boulder CO, USA. Very sadly, Yamaguchi Gorō passed away only months after that.

From 1997 to 2005 Gunnar was professionally active as performer and teacher of shakuhachi in Japan, but also teaching and performing in Europe and the US.

In 2005, after some 20 years of activities in Japan, Gunnar moved to Europe. He is now actively performing and teaching both privately and through regular workshops in Stockholm and Helsinki, and other shakuhachi events. He is working as Associate Professor at the Department of Oriental Languages, Stockholm University, conducting research in the traditional (or pre-modern) genres of Japanese music. Presently he is studying the structure of some Edo-period music genres, as well as the song texts of the chamber music of the 18th and 19th centuries Japan (so-called jiuta-sōkyoku or sankyoku). Gunnar is also a teacher of shakuhachi at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm (KMH).

Jim Franklin

Dr Jim Franklin is a master performer of the shakuhachi. He initially studied composition and musicology in Australia, Germany and Holland. During his studies he encountered the shakuhachi, and was fascinated by it. After learning the instrument in Australia with Dr Riley Lee and in Japan with Furuya Teruo and Yokoyama Katsuya, he received the title Shihan (“master”) in 1996 from Yokoyama-sensei, and was thus officially licensed to teach and perform shakuhachi. As a composer, Franklin is active in the areas of contemporary and electroacoustic music. He composes for shakuhachi solo and in combination with other instruments, and frequently performs projects with shakuhachi and live electronics, often in combination with dance and video art. The interface between shakuhachi and electronics, and shakuhachi and visual media, is a key area of interest. In the area of solo shakuhachi, Franklin has specialized in the honkyoku of the school of Yokoyama Katsuya (Kokusai Shakuhachi Kenshukan) and in modern music. Since 2004 Franklin has lived in Germany. From 2006 to 2009 he was Chairperson of the European Shakuhachi Society.

Vlastislav Matoušek

Doc. Vlastislav Matoušek PhD. studied composition and post-gradual courses in Musical Theory at the Academy of Performing Arts, the Faculty of Music in Prague where he has been teaching ethnomusicology since 1991. There he received his Ph.D. degree in theory of composition. Six months as a fellow of Japan Foundation he studied shakuhachi playing with a shakuhachi master Kifu Mitsuhashi and Japanese Traditional Music at Prof. Yamaguchi Osamu in Japan (1996).

As a soloist concert performer he mainly plays honkyoku – traditional pieces for Japanese bamboo flute, shakuhachi. He is an art-director and a conductor of his contemporary music Ensemble 108 Hz which presents experimental music and his own compositions for voices and other even exotic and folk instruments from his personal extensive collection, often in combination with electronics.

Dietmar Ippu Herriger

Dietmar studied shakuhachi at Itchoken, old shakuhachi temple of the komuso, which is part of the Saikoji temple complex in Fukuoka where he also served as a priest. After twenty-four years of studying shakuhachi with heads of Itchoken he was awarded a master title and performance name Ippu.

Dietmar Herriger (1959, Langenfeld, Germany) studied art history and musicology in Marburg and flute at Detmold University of Music. In 1988 he went to Fukuoka, Japan, to learn shakuhachi from Iso Genjo Oshu-san and Iso Genmyo Oshu-san. Dietmar also became a priest of the Saikoji Temple. Since 1989 Dietmar is frequently returning to Japan to complete his studies. He teaches flute, saxophon, clarinet und shakuhachi at the Leo Kestenberg music school in Berlin. Performs solo concerts with shakuhachi, flute  und live electronics. He is also performing with the “Kunst der Pause“ saxophone quartett. Since 2006 he concerts with Villu Veski, Tiit Kalluste and Taavo Remmel in Estonia. In 2012, he was awarded with the master title Kaiden and name Dietmar Ippu Herriger.