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Blowing Meri and Kari on the Shakuhachi

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Warming Up Before the Show

As a relatively young dad, I’m always doing two things at once. Here I am warming up on the shakuhachi and watching Sasa before the Hot Peas-n-Butter show in NYC.Perry Yung Shakuhachi Image

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World Shakuhachi Festivals

International Shakuhachi Festivals are rare. Two have happened in the last five years.

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Shakuhachi Community

When I first started getting into shakuhachi, there was not a lot of information around. The super information highway was just getting started.

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Madake Bamboo

I make all my shakuhachi flutes from MADAKE bamboo either hand picked by me, or for me from Japan and China.
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Looking at Moso bamboo in Kyoto in 2003. Moso is generally too big and has too many nodes.

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Three Hankos used at Yung Flutes

Here are the three Hanko Stamps used in my shop. below is the one used on my professional level instruments and Chikusing Models. It is my Chinese name and reads Yung Hai Wah - Yung Ocean Flower
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Shakuhachi: Music Myth and Memory

Here is a great article about the shakuhachi. This is a must read for anyone who is interested in purchasing a flute or just curious about the history and usage.
Shakuhachi:Muisc Myth and Memory. By Preston L.Houser

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Perry Yung:  Shakuhachi maker, musician

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Hi, I’m Perry Yung. Welcome! I first discovered the shakuhachi flute while performing in New York City as an actor in Ellen Stewart’s Oedipus the King. Night after night, the subtle sound grew to become all encompassing. Soon, I started making the flute as it was impossible to buy a shakuhachi in the pre-internet days of 1994. Time passed and eight years later got a grant to live in Japan to study traditionally with some of the best makers and players in the world. The shakuhachi changed my life in ways that words can not describe. My goal is to help you with a flute that can open that door as it is a beautiful world on the other side. Come on in!
Those interested in my acting work (TV, film and stage) can see what I’m up to at my actors blog.  - https://perryyung.wordpress.com/

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Zen saying for Perry.