Can you satisfy God with one sound? This is a question often posed by the shakuhachi grandmaster Kaoru Kakizakai towards the beginning of his lessons.

Lachlan Skipworth Lachlan Skipworth. Photo © Nik Babic

The shakuhachi is an end-blown single piece bamboo flute with five holes. Using manipulations of breath, fingers, and the angle of one’s head, this simple instrument is capable of producing a remarkable range of tones and colours. Regardless of one’s stage...

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