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Music @NYPL presents: Japanese Flute

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October 5, 2013

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Experience the meditative and relaxing sounds of traditional Japanese music performed on the Shakuhachi, a traditional Japanese Flute. 

Traditionally made of bamboo, the Shakuhachi is a Japanese end-blown flute. The Shakuhachi evolved from the bamboo flute, which first came from China to Japan in the 6th Century. In medieval times, it played an important spiritual role for Fuke Zen Buddhist traveling monks. 

Shortly after 9/11 Dominic Shodo Cammarota picked up the Shakuhachi as a means to deal with the events of that day. Cammarota has played the Shakuhachi around New York for nearly 10 years. He studied the Tozan style under Sholom Shozan Gold, a member of the Tozan Ryu in Japan and Native American Flute with John Sarantos. 

Mr. Cammarota, along with Mr. Gold is a co-founder of the Japanese Music Festival held in Central Park and he is featured in an independent film, “Subway Buskers.” 

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