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Hōzan Yamamoto

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Instruments  shakuhachi
Name  Hozan Yamamoto
Music director  Samurai Reincarnation
Years active  1958 – 2014
Role  Composer
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Born  October 6, 1937 (1937-10-06)
Origin  Otsu(大津市), Shiga Prefecture), Japan
Died  February 10, 2014, Tokyo, Japan
Albums  Ginkai, Shakuhachi, 銀界, World-Music-Meeting
Similar People  Tony Scott, Karl Berger, Charlie Mariano, Alla Rakha, Trilok Gurtu

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Hōzan Yamamoto (山本 邦山, Yamamoto Hōzan; October 6, 1937 - February 10, 2014 in Ōtsu, Shiga prefecture) was a Japanese shakuhachi player, composer and lecturer.


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Yamamoto started playing the Japanese bamboo flute shakuhachi from the age of nine. He was initially taught by his father and then by Chozan Nakanishi. After graduating from Kyoto Junior College of Foreign Studies in 1958, he participated in UNESCO's World Folk music Festival and graduated from Seiha Music College in 1962. Together with kotoplayer Shinichi Yuize and Tony Scott he recorded the album Music for Zen Meditation in February 1964.

After formation with Reibo Aoki and Katsuya Yokoyama of the widely acclaimed "Shakuhachi Sanbon Kai" trio in 1966, he electrified the conservative traditional scene by applying his talents to a variety of crossover collaborations. These have led him to work with such world-renowned musicians as Ravi Shankar, Helen Merrill, Gary Peacock and Karl Berger, but also with flute colleagues Jean-Pierre Rampal and Chris Hinze.

In 1980 he was invited to the renowned Donaueschingen music festival with his trio. He recorded the music to the Samurai Reincarnation film and the album Masters of Zen: Shakuhachi & Organ (together with Wolfgang Mitterer at the organ) which he composed for his instrument. Through the 1970s and 1980s to the present he has led the shakuhachi world receiving innumerable honors, including Japanese Ministry of Cultural Affairs and Education Ministerial awards for his performances, recordings (numbering in the hundreds) and compositions. He served as lecturer at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music and as head of the Hozan-kai Shakuhachi Guild.

In 2002 he became designated Living National Treasure of Japan. In 2004, he was awarded a Medal with Purple Ribbon. In 2009, he was awarded an Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette.

On February 10, 2014, he died at a hospital in Tokyo.

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  • 1964 Music for Zen Meditation
  • 1968 Oriental Bossa Sounds a Union of Koto, Shakuhachi and Big Band (琴, 尺八, ビッグ・バンドによるスタンダード・ボッサ)
  • 1970 Hibiki - Contemporary Music for Japanese Traditional Instruments (響 - 和楽器による現代日本の音楽)
  • 1974 Keden (怪顛)
  • 1974 Kyorai (去来)
  • 1975 Bamboo Suite (竹の組曲)
  • 1975 Breath
  • 1977 Ginkai (銀界)
  • 1978 Kangetsu (寒月)
  • 1985 Again and Again with Karl Berger
  • 1986 Saichi
  • 1986 Hozan Yamamoto vs Four Men
  • 1990 Sankyoku
  • 1996 Mugenkai - Ginkai II (夢幻界 - 銀界Ⅱ)
  • 1996 Works of Hozan Yamamoto (山本邦山 作品集)
  • 1997 Otoño
  • 1998 Amigos
  • 2000 Fascination of the Shakuhachi (尺八の魅力)
  • Koto masterpieces


    RokudanMusique du Japon impérial (Mono Version)
    Namah Shivaya1996
    Spotlight on Sapporo


    Hōzan Yamamoto Wikipedia

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