Shakuhachi lovers from around the world will gather at the University of Hawai‘i’s Mänoa campus and the East-West Center from Dec. 15 to 18 for a festival celebrating the traditional Japanese bamboo flute. The highlight of the festival will be a Master’s Concert on Friday, Dec. 15, at 7:30 p.m. in Orvis Auditorium.

The concert will feature traditional and contemporary shakuhachi pieces performed in various styles by such world masters as Christopher Yohmei Blasdel, Steven Taizen Casano, Robert Herr and Chris Molina from Hawai‘i; Yuzan Kaminaga, Kazushi Matama and Ranzan Mitsui from Japan; Riley Lee from Australia and Gunnar Jinmei Linder from Sweden. They will be accompanied by special guests Kenny Endo on percussion, Kikuko Sato on shamisen, vocalist Mika Kimula and others. Concert tickets are $10 to $20 and can be purchased at the door.

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