Grand Master Performance

Riley Lee performs on Shakuhachi in Freo!

Internationally renowned shakuhachi player (bamboo flute) Riley Lee will perform in Fremantle at St John’s Anglican Church on 31 May. During his tours throughout the world, Riley has introduced the shakuhachi to diverse audiences as both a soloist and with other performers across all musical genres. His performances and 60 commercially released recordings include collaborations with instruments such as didgeridoo, harp, cello, saxophone, tabla, and guitar as well as with symphony orchestras. On 1 January 2000, Riley was seen as one of five musicians ushering in the new millennium on New Year’s morning, from the top of the ‘sails’ of the Sydney Opera House, as part of an internationally televised program.

Riley began playing the shakuhachi in Japan in 1971 and became the first non-Japanese person to join a troupe of traditional musicians who toured the USA and Europe. He was acknowledged as a Dai Shihan (grand master) of the shakuhachi in 1980. At the University of Hawaii he completed his BA and MA degrees in music and he received his PhD degree in ethnomusicology from the University of Sydney where his PhD dissertation topic was on the Zen repertoire of the shakuhachi.

Riley’s music is meditation. He frequently gives benefit concerts for Zen Buddhist groups worldwide. His music is used worldwide in yoga and tai chi classes, and by massage, acupuncture, and other bodywork therapists. Riley and his wife, Patricia, founded the Australian Shakuhachi Society in 1996 and these days when they’re not touring internationally, they live in Sydney where Riley lectures, teaches and performs.

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see this amazing performer live! For a touch of inspiration, check out Riley’s website: The Sound of Bamboo

Riley Lee live in concert 
Hosted by the Zen Group of WA 
7pm, 31 May 2018
St John’s Anglican Church, King’s Square
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Tickets $35 / $25 concession (discount code: ‘zendo’)

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