KSK Europe

Workshop with Riley Lee and Jim Franklin

Stuttgart (Germany), 8th-10th May 2020

KSK Europe is pleased to announce a shakuhachi workshop with Riley Lee and Jim Franklin in May 2020.

Dates: 08.05.2020, starting at 16:00h, to 10.05.2020, ending at 16:00h
Venue: St. Josef Church (Community Centre), Stuttgart-Feuerbach
Oswald-Hesse-Straße 76
70469 Stuttgart

Teachers: Riley Lee, Jim Franklin
Assistant teacher: Nina Haarer
Teacher-in-training: Alexandra Kraus

Participants’ fees:
Non-ESS (European Shakuhachi Society) member: €170
ESS member: €150
Concession (student, unemployed etc – proof required): €130

Please note:
There is a limit of 20 participants.
The fee is payable in cash upon arrival on 08.05.2020.
Teaching languages will be English and German.
Participants must organise their own accommodation and food. There are plenty of hotels, cafes, etc in the area.

Registration: by e-mail to Jim Franklin,

This workshop is entered on pieces from the KSK and Chikuho repertoires. Beginner-level pieces will be offered, as well as more advanced pieces. It is assumed, though, that participants can already produce a sound reliably from the instrument, and play kari and meri notes in otsu and kan. In this sense, it is not a workshop for people who have not yet played shakuhachi. Nevertheless, students who do not yet have a great deal of experience with playing the shakuhachi are encouraged to attend; attempting to play a little beyond one’s present ability can bring results which come to fruition at a later time.

As part of the workshop, Riley Lee and Jim Franklin will present a public concert in the church on the evening of 08.05.2020. Entry to this concert is free of charge for workshop participants.

The exact pieces to be taught will be advised as soon as possible. The workshop will end with a student concert, at which participants will present the pieces they have studied.


KSK Europe held its 2018 workshop in Barcelona on 23rd and 24th October 2018, at ESMUC (State Music College of Catalunya). The teachers were Horacio Curti, Jim Franklin and Véronique Piron, with beginners’ classes being led by Ramon Humet. In the main workshop, there were 10 participants, with a further 8 in the beginners’ group. Instruction covered honkyoku at elementary, intermediate and advanced levels, contemporary pieces, improvisation , and performing technique.

The event concluded with a concert in the Museum of Musical Instruments, Barcelona, performed by the teachers and two of the senior participants (Nina Haarer and Mike McInerney). Highlights in this concert included trio and duo improvisations (one with live electronics as well as shakuhachi) by Horacio Curti, Jim Franklin and Véronique Piron.

Here are some photos of the event, taken by Marta Torrella:

Older activities:

Jim Franklin & Horacio Curti Shakuhachi Concert, Barcelona, May 2015

Taller del KSK-Europe en España 2015 – Castellano

KSK-Europe Weekend Workshop in Spain 2015 – English

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