Friday, October 05, 2007

Alcvin Takegawa Ramos Shakuhachi Sound Meditation Music at UVIC!

Sponsored by the Victoria Zen Centre and UVic Interfaith Services

“Deeply evocative of Zen sound and spirit; transcendental, meditative music of the Soul. Simply beautiful.”


Alcvin Takegawa Ramos on shakuhachi flutes

Shakuhachi Sound Meditation Performance:
Friday, October 19th at 7:30 pm
University of Victoria Interfaith Chapel
Next to Parking Lot #6 on the outer Ring Road

Donations are thankfully accepted : Call (250) 642-7936

Alcvin Takegawa Ramos “Deeply evocative of Zen sound and spirit; transcendental meditative music of the Soul. Simply beautiful.”

Alcvin is a unique shakuhachi musician who is keeping the tradition of learning and playing the koten honkyoku (original zen pieces for shakuhachi) strong while exploring and expanding the boundaries of the instrument. Born and trained in Japan, Alcvin is the foremost teacher and performer of shakuhachi in Canada. He was the first non-Japanese to win a prize in the all-Japan Shakuhachi competition and received his shihan (masters) license from one of the greatest shakuhachi masters in history, Katsuya Yokoyama. In 2003 he and his wife opened the Bamboo-In Shakuhachi Retreat Centre on the beautiful Sunshine Coast of British Columbia.

Alcvin has taught and performed all over North America, Europe, and Japan and pursues an active solo as well as collaborative career with the shakuhachi and has played with many distinguished artists such as John McLaughlin, Bill Laswell, Hun Huur Tuu Mongolian Throat Singers, Christopher Blasdel, Toshinori Kondo, Kazutoki Umezu, Kaoru Kakizakai, Teruo Furuya, Kazushi Matama,Takeo Yamashiro, Joseph Pepe Danza, Uzume Taiko, the Vancouver Symphony, and opened for sitar virtuouso, Anoushka Shankar.

Through his deep passion and vision, Alcvin has mesmerized audiences with his extraordinarily unique sound that draws from the musical roots of traditional of Japan while expressing an energetic, modern spirit.

If it was possible to hear the breathing of atoms, it would probably sound like the shakuhachi of Ramos: simple, complex, intense, deep; his music is a visceral adventure of the spirit, rich in heart and unexpected vibratory realizations. He is truly one of a kind shakuhachi player, that is a meeting of East and West as well as the ancient and very new.

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