Shakuhachi-Festivals in Europa 2016, 2017

Financial and logistical concerns have led to a postponement and relocation of the planned World Shakuhachi Festival 2016 in Prague. The Festival will now take place in 2017, most likely in July, and most likely in London. Further details will be posted here as they are finalised.

Instead of this festival there will now be two other festivals in Europe in 2016:

European Shakuhachi Society Summer School in Barcelona, 28-31.07.2016

Guest teachers at the Summer School will be coming from throughout Europe; from Japan, Zenyoji, and Kakizakai Kaoru, will be present. Schools such as Kokusai Shakuhachi Kenshukan, Kinko, Tozan, Myoan and Chikuho will be represented; Jim Franklin will teach Chikuho and contemporary music for shakuhachi (including with live electronics). There will be several public concerts.

Further details can be found here.

Prague Shakuhachi Festival 2016

Under the title International Shakuhachi Festival Prague, there will be an expanded Prague Shakuhachi Festival, 02-06.06.2016. Guest performers and teachers from throughout the world will be present. Jim Franklin will also be present, teaching and performing mainly in the area of shakuhachi with live electronics.

Further information can be found here.



Dr Jim Franklin is a master performer of the shakuhachi, as well as a composer.

He studied the shakuhachi with Riley Lee in Sydney, and Furuya Teruo and Yokoyama Katsuya in Tokyo.

In 1996 he received the title "Shihan" (Master) from Yokoyama-sensei. He is one of the few non-Japanese, and the very few residents of Europe, to have received this high title.

He has lived in Germany since 2004, where he teaches and performs the shakuhachi.





Jim Franklin is a qualified teacher of shakuhachi, in the lineage of Yokoyama Katsuya. He offers instruction for beginners and advanced players in various German cities.

Teaching news:

In addition to its contribution to the Summer School in Barcelona in July 2016, KSK Europe is planning further workshops during 2016 and 2017. Further information can be found here