'Master of Shakuhachi' to perform at WFU

By Pam Barrett
November 1, 2005

James Nyoraku Schlefer, called a "master of the shakuhachi" by The New York Times, will perform a shakuhachi (traditional Japanese bamboo flute) concert and give a lecture/demonstration on its relationship to Zen Buddhism at Wake Forest University Nov. 10 in Brendle Recital Hall.

James Nyoraku Schlefer

The lecture/demonstration titled "Music and Zen: Enlightenment in a Single Sound" will be held at 9:30 a.m. followed by a one-hour concert beginning at 11 a.m. Both events are free and open to the public.

The performance and demonstration will feature traditional Japanese pieces that have been played for centuries by Buddhist monks and are known for captivating listeners with their unique and haunting sounds.

Schlefer is a leading performer and teacher of the shakuhachi in New York City, where he leads the "Kyo-Shin-An" ("Place of the Pure Heart") Teaching Studio. In 2001, he became one of only a few non-Japanese teachers to receive the coveted "Dai-Shi-Han" or Grand Master's Certificate.

Schlefer has performed at Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the World Financial Center and the Metropolitan, Brooklyn and Philadelphia museums of art. He has three solo recordings, "Wind Heart," "Solstice Spirit" and "Flare Up." His music has traveled 120 million miles aboard the Space Station MIR and has been featured on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered."

The event is sponsored by Wake Forest's Center for International Studies and the music department.

For information, call (336) 758-5364.