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Kiku Day (jinashi-shakuhachi)

Kiku Day (PhD, London; MFA, Mills; BA, London) is a shakuhachi player and ethnomusicologist, and works as external lecturer at the Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus, Denmark.

Day plays jinashi shakuhachi—an older type of shakuhachi with a bore comprised of raw untreated bamboo.

She gave up her studies in classical Western flute to study honkyoku, the classic solo repertoire of the komusō monks of the Fuke sect of Zen Buddhism. After studying in Tokyo for 11 years with the master Okuda Atsuya, she is proud to represent Okuda’s Zensabō style in Europe.

Day has since her return to Europe dedicated her life to the furthering the profile of jinashi shakuhachi today, and creating a contemporary repertoire for this ancient instrument. Several composers from different parts of the world have written for her, including Roxanna Panufnik, Takahashi Yūji, Frank Denyer, Vytautas Germanavicius, Mogens Christensen, Marisol Jimenez and Yumi Hara. Day has performed with musicians such as Fred Frith, Joanna MacGregor, Mats Gustafsson and Joëlle Léandre, and as a soloist with Odense Symphony Orchestra (playing Toru Takemitsu’s November Steps) as well as choirs including the Nonsuch Choir and Coro Casa da Musica.

Day is a founding member of the European Shakuhachi Society, which she now serves as chairperson. She was the chair of the Executive Committee for the 7th World Shakuhachi Festival held at Goldsmiths, University of London and the one-day academic conference Shakuhachi Symposium held at SOAS, University of London.

Day grew up in Denmark with her Japanese and American parents.


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