Japanese flute master plans IU Kokomo’s performance : Indiana University Kokomo

KOKOMO, Indiana – Talented musician Hanz Araki will share his mastery of the shakuhachi – the Japanese blown flute – with Indiana University students, faculty, staff, and the Kokomo community on Wednesday, April 6.

In addition to visiting students, Araki will give a free concert from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Kresge Auditorium. The event is open to the public.

Eric Bain-Selbo, dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) said Araki’s visit is just one example of the steps faculty and staff are taking to bring the world to Kokomo.

“It’s going to be a really cool event that ties music to cultural history and diversity in America, all rolled into one,” Bain-Selbo said. “It’s a way of introducing our students to the world.

Araki is the sixth member of his family to hold the title of Araki Kodo, signifying his mastery of the shakuhachi. In addition to his skills on the shakuhachi, Araki is adept on the Irish whistle, combining the two instruments with years of exploring Irish, Scottish, Japanese and American musical traditions.

Bain-Selbo encouraged community members, faculty, staff and students to attend the show.

“There are an incredible number of musically gifted people in Kokomo and Howard County and people with incredibly diverse musical interests,” he said. “I hope people from the community will come and share this experience.”

According to Gregory Steel, Associate Professor of Fine Arts, Araki’s visit will benefit IU Kokomo students through the opportunity to learn who just spoke with him, learn the history of his instrument and hear him play. Steel has been a student of Araki for about a year, which inspired him to invite the musician to campus.

Steel described Araki’s music as “hauntingly beautiful”, adding that she will enliven the IU Kokomo campus and the Kokomo community.

During his career, Araki has released 12 albums and appeared at many Celtic festivals across the country. He has also been invited to perform with the Seattle Symphony and for the Consul General of Japan.

For more information, visit hanzaraki.com.

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