Japan Foundation Music Monday
April 26 at 12:30 pm, PDT
Elliot Kanshin Kallen (Shakuhachi) & Paul Dean (Bass)
Elliot Kanshin Kallen began his musical career playing keyboards for many bands and on many stages. A chance encounter led him to the shakuhachi, the traditional Japanese bamboo flute.
He is a long-time student of David Kansuke Wheeler of Boulder, CO, and he also studies with Kawase Junsuke III, the third-generation head of Chikuyu-sha, the largest shakuhachi teaching organization of its kind in Japan.
Elliot was given his Shihan (master/teacher certification) and performance name, Kanshin, in 2018. Elliot plays shakuhachi in a wide variety of contexts, from traditional solo Zen pieces and ensemble music with koto and shamisen, to the exploratory sounds of the avant guard.
He is the current President of the International Shakuhachi Society (www.komuso.com).
Elliot performs, teaches, and gives lectures on Japanese classical music and the shakuhachi from his home base in Northern California. www.japanflute.com
Paul Dean is a bassist, songwriter, composer and arranger. He studied jazz at University of Miami and Sonoma State University. From 1996 to 2011, he wrote for and performed with Blusion, an original fusion-funk jazz band. Since that time he has performed and recorded in a wide variety of settings.