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Emily M. Darrow
ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.—Ronnie Nyogetsu Reishin Seldin offers a lecture demonstration of the shakuhachi, the Japanese bamboo flute, at Bard College on Thursday, October 27. The program, sponsored by the Music Program and Bard in China with the aid of the Freeman Undergraduate Asian Studies Initiative, is free and open to the public and begins at 2:30 p.m. in room 104 of the F. W. Olin Humanities Building. Ronnie Nyogetsu Reishin Seldin has performed in numerous concerts, lectures, and demonstrations in the metropolitan New York area and around the United States as well as in Canada, Mexico, Scotland, and Argentina. He has toured Japan many times and been interviewed on radio and television both there and in the United States, and has performed on the soundtracks of several films, including the Academy Award–nominated documentary A Family Gathering, for which he cocomposed the sound track. Nyogetsu’s playing also appears on the Grammy-nominated The Planet Sleeps. He has released several recordings of shakuhachi music and is the founder of Ki-sui-an Shakuhachi Dojo, with branches in Queens, Manhattan, upstate New York, Pennsylvania, and Boston. In addition to teaching privately, he is also part of the Japanese Music Program at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, where he gives lectures on and demonstrations of the shakuhachi. He is also on faculty at New York University. Nyogetsu studied shakuhachi in Kyoto, Japan, with Kurahashi Yodo Sensei, a disciple of Jin Nyodo. In 1975, he received the name Nyogetsu and a teaching certificate at the level of Jun Shi-han in the Kinko School of Shakuhachi. After his return to New York, Nyogetsu was awarded the rank of Shi-han (Master) in 1978, as a result of his efforts to spread the teaching of this instrument in America. In 1980, he received his Dai-Shi-han, or Grand Master’s license. In April 2001 Nyogetsu received a Koku-An Dai-Shi-han (Grand Master’s license at the level of Kyu-Dan, or 9th level) from Japan’s Living National Treasure in shakuhachi, Aoki Reibo. He was also given the name Reishin (Heart/Mind of the Bell) to go along with it. Nyogetsu is the first non-Japanese to receive this high award. For further information, call 845-758-6822, ext. 6294, or e-mail # # # (10/11/05)

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This event was last updated on 10-29-2005