Announcements

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      Masterclass with Furuya Teruo in Paris, 31st March, 1st April 2018

          Leading KSK Japan teacher Furuya Teruo will be offering the sixth in a series of masterclasses in Paris on 31st March and 1st April 2018.

          Details are as follows:

            For further information and registration, please contact:

            furuya.masterclass@gmail.com

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              KSK Europe Scholarship July 2018 – June 2019 (Round 2)

                  PLEASE NOTE THAT THE APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS WILL BE UPDATED FOR THE THIRD ROUND OF THE SCHOLARSHIP.

                    Introduction

                  KSK Europe is pleased to announce the second round of its annual scholarship covering the period July 2018 – June 2019, to assist advanced shakuhachi students in Europe with a KSK affinity to undertake a short period of study in Japan.

                    Information about the scholarship

                  KSK Europe Scholarships July 2018 – June 2019

                  1. Aims

                  KSK Europe is committed to the dissemination in Europe of the Kokusai Shakuhachi Kensukan’s understanding of the shakuhachi, its musical forms and philosophy. Besides this objective specific to KSK, the organization is also working towards the development and pursuit of excellence in shakuhachi performance in general within Europe. With these aims in mind, we are pleased to announce the second round of the annual KSK Europe scholarship, for the period July 2018 – June 2019, to assist advanced shakuhachi students in Europe with a KSK affinity to undertake a short period of study in Japan.

                  2. Basic information about the scholarship

                  – the amount of the scholarship in each of the listed periods will be a maximum of €4000, to assist towards teaching fees and accommodation and living costs in Japan.
                  – the scholarship will be offered to a different student each year.
                  – the scholarship will be for a maximum period of 90 days in Japan (ie the duration of a tourist visa.) By special arrangement and with proof of suitable visa, a longer period may be considered (without, however, any increase in level of funding from KSK Europe).
                  – studies in Japan are to be made with a senior KSK teacher in Japan; the candidate must discuss in advance this teacher, and reach agreement upon him/her, with the European KSK committee.

                  3. Preliminary conditions to be fulfilled by applicants

                  Applicants must:

                  – have been a resident in a European country or the UK for at least one year at the time of application, and remain so until their departure for Japan.
                  – declare their intention to reside in a European country or the UK for at least 1 year after their return from Japan.
                  – demonstrate that they have taken regular lessons with a KSK-associated teacher in Europe for at least one year prior to the date of application, and that the primary mode of teaching has been face-to-face, sitting in the same physical space as the teacher. Electronically-mediated lessons (via Skype, FaceTime etc), with the same teacher or another, although they may support lessons in the same physical space, are not considered to be ‘face-to-face’ for the purpose of the scholarship application.
                  – demonstrate a nearness to KSK – substantial work (even if not exclusive) with a KSK teacher in Europe, and a substantial grounding in and skill with KSK repertoire.
                  – demonstrate a prior record of support for shakuhachi activities beyond their own in Europe (e.g. through support and volunteer work for events or organisation of the European Shakuhachi Society).
                  – declare a willingness to work closely with KSK Europe and ESS upon their return from Japan (e.g. in helping to organise future events of ESS and KSK Europe promoting the shakuhachi in Europe).
                  – applicants should not already possess a menjō from any school or teacher.

                  4. Initial application process

                  To apply, applicants must submit (in writing, by e-mail):
                  – full contact details (name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, Skype/FaceTime contact details).
                  – a written proposal and programme indicating time frame and financial plan for the period in Japan.
                  – a letter (in English or Japanese) from the proposed teacher in Japan, indicating his/her agreement to the programme.
                  – a letter of recommendation from their current teacher in Europe
                  – recordings of their playing made under live or studio-live conditions (ie without editing), with a total of at least three and at most six pieces covering the following different genres: honkyoku (KSK repertoire), sankyoku or other ensemble playing, and contemporary (including recent compositions or improvisation, which may be their own pieces). The submitted recordings must represent each of these genres.
                  – an accompanying, written statement addressing all the conditions mentioned above in Section 1. This statement must also certify that the recordings are the applicant’s own playing and are unedited.

                  5. Time frame and address for initial applications for July 2018 – June 2019

                  – initial applications are to be made by 31.01.2018 by e-mail (scans of written documents and .mp3-files as attachments) sent to

                  ksk.shakuhachi.europe[at]gmail.com

                  6. Assessment and decision-making process

                  – the applications received by e-mail on or before 31.01.2018 will be assessed by a jury consisting of senior KSK Europe teachers Horacio Curti, Jim Franklin and Véronique Piron and KSK Japan teacher Kakizakai Kaoru. Late applications cannot be considered.
                  – the jury will create a shortlist of applicants on the basis of the e-mail submissions by 28.02.2018.
                  – shortlisted applicants will be invited to a Skype/FaceTime interview in the week 05.03 – 10.03.2018.
                  – the successful applicant will be advised by 31.03.2018. Unsuccessful applicants will be advised by 07.04.2018.
                  – the jury reserves the right not to award the scholarship in a specific year, if the jury members cannot reach majority agreement on a suitable applicant.
                  – the decision of the jury is final, and is not open to question or legal challenge by applicants.

                  7. Successful applicant’s responsibilities, on his/her return from Japan

                  As stated above, as part of the initial written application, applicants must:

                  – declare their intention to reside in a European country or the UK for at least 1 year after their return from Japan.
                  – declare in advance a willingness to work closely with KSK Europe and ESS upon their return from Japan (e.g. in helping to organise future events of ESS and KSK Europe promoting the shakuhachi in Europe).

                  The successful applicant must:

                  – within 8 weeks of his/her return from Japan, submit a written report on his/her stay in Japan, indicating what was achieved, and how the proposed programme was realized.
                  – within 8 weeks of his/her return from Japan, submit a written statement (in English or Japanese) by his/her KSK teacher in Japan, indicating that the proposed programme was in fact undertaken and (within reason) successfully completed in accordance with the initial proposal.
                  – support ESS and KSK Europe activities in at least the year following his/her return, through organisational work and volunteer work at events such as KSK Europe workshops, concerts, ESS Summer Schools etc.

                  8. Legal exclusions

                  Failure to comply with the above conditions will result in rejection of an application.

                  Furthermore, applicants must observe the following legal restrictions and consequences:

                  – Evidence of any falsification or lack of truthfulness in an application will constitute grounds for immediate rejection of that application and exclusion of the applicant from all future rounds of application. Should a scholarship have already been granted to a successful applicant when any falsification on his/her part is exposed or discovered, this will constitute legal grounds for KSK Europe to demand immediate repayment of the scholarship.
                  – Failure on the part of the successful applicant to submit a written report and a statement of completion by his/her Japanese teacher within 8 weeks after his/her return from Japan will constitute legal grounds for KSK Europe to demand immediate repayment of the scholarship.
                  – Failure of the successful applicant to comply with the European residency requirements listed above, and with the declaration of intention to return to Europe after the period in Japan, will constitute legal grounds for KSK Europe to demand immediate repayment of the scholarship.
                  – Failure of the successful applicant to work closely in support of KSK Europe and ESS during at least the year after his/her return to Europe will constitute legal grounds for KSK Europe to demand immediate repayment of the scholarship.

                  9. Conclusion

                  Through this scholarship, KSK Europe looks forward to contributing to the development of and pursuit of excellence in shakuhachi performance in Europe.

                  Horacio Curti
                  Jim Franklin
                  Véronique Piron
                  for KSK Europe

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