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The shakuhachi is a traditional Japanese bamboo flute with a simple construction: It usually has four holes on the front and one on the back. But it can express a wide range of sounds and is used in forms including Zen meditation music, programmatic pieces depicting nature and avant-garde contemporary music.

At a Feb. 24 concert at the International House of Japan in Tokyo’s Roppongi district, listeners will be treated to a variety of shakuhachi music, including a classical piece intended to inspire enlightenment, an Edo Period (1603-1868) piece and contemporary compositions by Living National Treasure Hozan Yamamoto and Japan-U.S. Creative Arts fellow Elizabeth Brown.

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