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In Japan, there are many schools and style of playing the shakuhachi. Ronnie Nyogetsu Seldin comes from the Jin Nyodo school and is one of the greatest Japanese shakuhachi masters of the 20th century who died almost 40 years ago. He proposes seven pieces of that tradition, plus one of his own compositions. What strikes with Seldin's playing is the simplicity of the style compared to the styles of some other great masters such as Watazumi-Do or Katsuya Yokoyama, for example, which are much more elaborate. There are no extra effects or technicality. This is pure sound in its unadorned form. What even add to this simplicity is that there is a minimum of reverb, adding to the purity and the quality of the sound. ~ Bruno Deschênes, Rovi


Genre: World

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Ronnie Nyogetsu Seldin is one of the most important non-Japanese experts on the shakuhachi bamboo flute. Already having performed on the instrument for more than a quarter of a century, Seldin runs the largest shakuhachi dojo (instructional facility) outside of Japan and his solo recordings number in double figures (although not all of them remain in print). Seldin's mastery of the traditional, meditative shakuhachi repertoire is the subject of most of his albums. Some of his most fully realized...
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