Biography - MATSUMOTO Kohei

Shakuhachi player.

 

Born in Osaka Prefecture. Matsumoto studied all shakuhachi method and honkyoku (solo compositions that were played by the zen priests, Komuso, in a form of meditation known as suizen) under world famous player, and a permanent instructor of the International Shakuhachi Academy, Toshimitsu Ishikawa (Katsuya Yokoyama's school). 

 

Matsumoto also studied various lineage of honkyoku from Ray Jin (Nyodo Jin's school),and Etsuzan Fujiyoshi (Kuzan Takahashi's school).

 

He plays an active part in honkyoku field, and has holded honkyoku concert siries from 2011 in Tokyo.

 

He graduated in the 53rd term of NHK Hogaku Gino-sha Ikusei-kai, the premier course for Japanese trad musicians aspiring to be professional performers.

 

He won the 11th All Japan Hogaku[traditional Japanese music] Competition (2005), and has performed in "Puccini festival" in Toskana, Italy as a guest musician.

 

He is also putting a great deal of effort into shakuhachi lecture.He presides over his organization, Matsumoto Kai, and is a permanent instractor of shakuhachi newcomer school holded by Matsubara city cultural infomation foundation.

Shakuhachi lessons

Lessons are available in persons in Tokyo and Osaka, and online via skype, a free video chat technology.

 

With the difficulty of traveling long distances or for those overseas, online lessons give the opportunity of learning from your own home. 

 

Study program:

First, you learn basic skill of shakuhachi on easy melodys. Then step by step learn honkyokus.

 

If you have mastered some skill of shakuhachi and want to learn honkyokus, you can have honkyoku lesson program from the beginning.

 

Lessons in Tokyo:

■usually 60 minutes long, 2 - 4 times per a month.

■English abailable (a little, sorry)

■You can reserve on E-mail.

■5,000yen / 1 time per a month

  8,000yen / 2 times per a month

  10,000yen / 3 times per a month

 

Lessons in Osaka:

■usually 60 minutes long, 1 time per a month.

■English abailable (a little, sorry)

■You can reserve on E-mail.

■5,000yen per one lesson

 

Lessons via skype:

■usually 50 minutes long, 2 or 4 per a month.

■English abailable (a little, sorry)

■you can reserve on E-mail.

■5,000yen/$50 per one lesson

■payment: on paypal or other methods of payment

 

Contact for more details.

Listen

The following audio clips are played by Kohei Matsumoto.

They are sample clips ,so not full-length performance.

 

 

This piece is known as Dokyoku [honkyoku of Watazumi style].The originarity is unknown. "Daha" means "ripping". This is very colorful and strong piece.

 

Lineage:Watazumi Doso - Katsuya Yokoyama - Toshimitsu Ishikawa - Kohei Matsumoto.

This piece is known as Dokyoku [honkyoku of Watazumi style].This is originated  from Tohoku district [the northeast area of Japan]. Many schools hold pieces pronounced "San'ya" , but this version is most calmly and gland, and reminds eternity.

 

Lineage:Watazumi Doso - Katsuya Yokoyama - Toshimitsu Ishikawa - Kohei Matasumoto

This piece is known as Nezasa-ha Kimpu-Ryu honkyoku, originated from Tsugaru region [north of Japan]. This is also known as "Monju Kyoku" because Buddha of knowledge, "Monju Bosatsu" rides shishi(lion).Matsumoto plays "Takane", the high tone section.

 

Lineage:

Getsuei Nyui - Kyokuei Nagano/Nyogetsu Orito - Nyodo Jin - Nyosho Jin - Ray Jin - Kohei Matsumoto

Sasamori - Nyodo Jin - same as above

 

This piece is known as Nezasa-ha Kimpu-Ryu honkyoku, originated from Tsugaru region [north of Japan]. Shirabe is played as prelude of all Kimpu-Ryu honkyokus without Matsukaze-no-kyoku, but recently played independently. Very different from the other styles, this uses a pulsating breath [Komi] and a confident, brisk intention.

 

Lineage:

Getsuei Nyui - Kyokuei Nagano/Nyogetsu Orito - Nyodo Jin - Nyosho Jin - Ray Jin - Kohei Matsumoto

Sasamori - Nyodo Jin - same as above

 

"Akita" is a northeast prefecture of Japan. The oldest origination of this piece is Akita, but no lineage is in Akita nowadays.Matsumoto learned this piece by Kuzan Takahashi style. Honkyokus are usually named from the original region, and this is an example of many.

 

Lineage:

Taizan Higuchi - Nyozan Miyagawa - Kuzan Takahashi - Etsuzan Fujiyoshi - Kohei Matsumoto

© 2013 Kohei MATSUMOTO

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