Songs of the moon, the sky, of the Buddha of Light, the phoenix reborn, and of pilgrimage will be on offer by Elizabeth Reian Bennett. The shakuhachi is an end-blown bamboo flute, once played by a sect of wandering monks in Japan. Haunting, throaty and considered by the Japanese as a call from beyond this world of transience, Reian Bennett's shakuhachi has also been compared to John Coltrane: a kind of meditative jazz from the Far East. Information on Reian Bennett and her latest recording is available at www.CDBaby.com/cd/erbennett.
Elizabeth Reian Bennett is the first woman to be certified a Grand Master of the shakuhachi and one of only a handful of western players trained in traditional Japanese music. She has played with Living National Treasure Aoki Reibo, recognized as Japan's foremost shakuhachi instrumentalist, for 25 years.
For more info: http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2007/arts-flute.html
Added by Erik Mallinson on January 22, 2007