Under the high patronage of the Embassy of Japan in Lebanon, and the Japanese Academic Center of the Saint Joseph University in Beirut presented on the 27 september 2012 a concert, lecture and introduction to the Shakuhachi, the japanese traditional Bamboo Flute with a 1300 year old tradition at the Japanese Academic Center, USJ, Huvelin street.
For the first time in Lebanon, the Japanese Academic Center will offer a course to learn and study about the Shakuhachi as musical instrument and philosophy. Kyle Kamal Helou, who studied and holds a Master License in the Shakuhachi from Japan, will be teaching the course in preparation for the Middle East Shakuhachi Festival to take place in Lebanon next year 2013. Instructors and performers of the Shakuhachi from Japan will be teaching and performing at the Shakuhachi festival in Lebanon.
After a narration of his personal reflections on the days that passed in playing and teaching, Mr. Helou asked how to make a Shakuhachi? The making is a long process, said Mr. Helou, beginning with the Bamboo digging, oil removing, aging process and the making. There are variety of size and sound, depending on the length and thickness of the Bamboo.
The origin of the Shakuhachi? At the prehistoric period appeared a bone instrument resembling to the Shakuhachi, in Europe, later in China and Japan.
The Shakuhachi is a musical and meditational instrument, a pathway to tranquility, simplicity, self-control, and total awareness at every moment.
At the end of the concert-lecture, Mr. Helou played many pieces of music with his magical Bamboo instrument.