The Fourth Lingyin Buddhist Lectures Series
Guest Artist Lecture-Performance by Shawn Head: “The Shakuhachi Flute”
Monday, October 28, 2019, at 7:00 p.m.
Holsclaw Hall, UA Fred Fox School of Music, southeast corner of Park and Speedway
Free admission, open to the public
The UA Center for Buddhist Studies and the American Culture and Ideas Initiative present Shakuhachi Master Shawn Head. This free-admission guest presentation will take place on Monday, October 28, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in Holsclaw Hall.
The Shakuhachi flute is an instrument that originated in the Hangzhou region of China.
Master Shakuhachi player Shawn Head discusses the history of Shakuhachi, its relationship to
Zen Buddhism, as well as providing live examples of how the instrument works.
About the Presenter:
Shawn Renzoh Head is at the forefront of Japanese traditional music and its expansion into the western world. At age 18, he became the youngest non-Japanese Shakuhachi Shihan (master) in history. In 2019, Shawn received the distinct honor of becoming an OSS 大将軍 Tai Shogun, given to him for his work in traditional Japanese music by Ronald Watt 9th Dan Shotokan Karate and Order of the Rising Sun (Japan’s top civilian award). Head earned a bachelor’s degree in composition from the Cleveland Institute of Music, and is currently based in Houston, Texas.
This project has been made possible by the Lingyin Temple via the Center for Buddhist Studies in the College of Humanities and donors to the American Culture and Ideas Initiative at the Fred Fox School of Music.