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.



New KSK teacher in Europe

Nina Haarer has been issued with a shihan-menjō by Furuya-Teruo-sensei, after many years of study mainly with Jim Franklin. We welcome her to the ranks of professional shakuhachi teacher/performers in Europe.


KSK Europe Scholarship, third round, June 2019-July 2020

KSK Europe has awarded the third and final round of its scholarship to Mike McInerney. Congratulations, Mike! We hope the scholarship will help you in the development of your path with shakuhachi.

Thank you to all the other applicants, whom we are unfortunately unable to support. We wish them also much success in their further shakuhachi endeavors.

Horacio Curti
Jim Franklin
Véronique Piron
for KSK Europe