Gunnar Jinmei Linder, 尺八(Shakuhachi) - Japanese bamboo flute



Updated on 2019-11-12 (火) 01:48:10 (Standard Japanese Time)


November 9, "Akebono Sugagaki" (renkan w. Jean-Luc Peilhon), "Sanya Sugagaki" (renkan w. Frédéric Boulanger and Gérard Aabhervegueguen), "Kumo-jishi w. Christophe Gaston and Frédéric Boulanger), "Akita Sugagaki" (renkan w. Christophe Gaston and Pawel Szulik), "Kotobuki no Shirabe", and "Sōkakuk Reibo".

November 8, "Hi-fu-mi Hachi-gaeshi no Shirabe/Akebono no Shirabe" (fuki-awase w. Christophe Gaston), "Akebono Sugagaki" (renkan w. Christophe Gaston), "Shika no Tōne" (fuki-awase w. Christophe Gaston), "Kinuta Sugomori" and "Haru no Kyoku" (w. Akari Sagara).

October 19, Performance at Fabrica Japonica in Gothenburg.

September 22, Le Centre Element, Paris: "Ikkan-ryū Kokū Kaete", "Akebono Sugagaki" (w. Kohmei Mizuno)

Performance in Göteborg on October 19, 2019. Please ask for details.
Fabrica Japonica

September 21, Malavika, Paris: "Aki no Koto no Ha" (w. Akari Sagara), "Shika no Tōne" (w. Kohmei Mizuno), "Kumoi-jishi" (w. Kohmei Mizuno, Christophe Gaston)

On a tour to Hungary with Fujimoto Akiko, Watanabe Akiko, Tsukamoto Megumi, Obaishi Terumi, and Mochitsuki Masako.
"Sakura-gawa" (all string members)
"Kiku no Tsuyu" (Fujimoto, Linder)
"Godan-ginuta" (Watanabe, Tsukamoto)
"Sagari-ha no Kyoku" (Linder)
"Naniwa-jishi" (Fujimoto, Obaishi)
"Nebiki no Matsu" (all together)

Performances in Kecskemét (Sep 8), Pécs (Sep 9), Tokaj (Sep 11), Budapest (Sep 14).

Opening concert at the KSK 30th Anniversary in Bisei, Okayama.
I performed "Ikkan-ryū Kokū Kaete" for the opening concert, and performed in pieces like "Goru" (comp. by Yokoyama Katsuya), "Hokkai Minyōchō" (com. by Miyagi Michio), and "The Eternal Traveler" (comp. by Christophe Molina).

28 April, Sakura-matsuri in Stockholm.*** 2018 [#l6314248]

24 April, performance in connection with the Sakura-matsuri in Stockholm.


Concluded events this year

ISFP, September 2017.
Sankyoku: "Miyako no Haru" w. Keiko Hisamoto (koto, vocals)
Kinko-ryū Honkyoku: "Sakae-jishi" (a 1-hour solo piece for shakuhachi (honkyoku)), and "Yoshiya Reibo"

ESS Summer School, July 2017.
Sankyoku: "Cha on-do" w. Naoko Kikuchi (shamisen, vocals)
Kinko-ryū Honkyoku: "Reibo-nagashi" and "Kotoji no Kyoku"

March 25, 2017
Performance of "Shizue" in Wroclaw, Poland.

Here you can listen to a performance of the piece from October 2014 in Oporto.
Here you can hear an interview with the composer Joseph Swensen.

Previous years


August 17, 2016
Performance as part of the cultural events during the NAJAKS Conference 2016, held at Stockholm University.

(NAJAKS=Nordic Association of Japanese and Korean Studies)

July 29, 2016
ESS Summer School in Barcelona 2016.
Kinko-ryū Honkyoku: "Ginryū Kokū".

June 3-4, 2016
The International Prague Shakuhachi Festival.
Kinko-ryū Honkyoku: "Shika no Tōne" (with Christopher Yohmei), "Sōkaku Reibo", "Kotobuki Shirabe", "Sayama Sugagaki", "Sagari-ha no Kyoku" (renkan w. Christopher Yohmei), "Kumoi-jishi" (renkan w. Jim Franklin), and "Yūgure no Kyoku".
The modern piece "Tsuki" (comp. by Hirokado Reifū)
Sankyoku: "Chidori no Kyoku" w. Naoko Kikuchi (koto, vocals).

March 20, 2016
[Requiem by Karl Jenkins.
Katarina kyrka in Stockholm, at 4 pm.

Tickets (100 kr)


October 24, 2015
Japanese Music Concert at the Etnografiska Museet in Stockholm
(Details to follow)

August 21-25, 2015
Performances during the The Prague Shakuhachi Festival 2015

Honkyoku: "Koto-ji no Kyoku" and ”Ashi no Shirabe” for beginner to intermediate level of Kinko honkyoku, and ”Kotobuki Shirabe” for intermediate to advanced level.
Sankyoku: ”Tsuru no Koe” for beginner to intermediate level and ”Kiku no Tsuyu” for intermediate to advanced.

Honkyoku: ”Uchi-kae Kyorei”
Sankyoku: ”Yuki”

July 2-5, 2015
Performances during the ESS Shakuhachi Summer School in Paris.
"Sōkaku Reibo" (Kinko-ryū honkyoku)
• "Ginryū Kokū" renkan (Kinko-ryū honkyoku, duet with Wolfgang Hessler)
• "Enoshima" (Yamada-ryū), with Fumie Hihara and Etsuko Chida

Teaching: "Uchi-kae Kyorei", "Sōkaku Reibo", and the sankyoku piece "Usu no Koe" (Yamada-ryū).

May 16, 2015
Re-opening ceremony of the Tea House Zuiki-tei (瑞暉亭) at the Etnografiska museet in Stockholm. Ceremony held 1:30 to 2:30 pm.
See program here

April 25, 2015
Kulturnatt Stockholm (Culture Night Stockholm)
Performance: "Ugglesång" [Song of the Owl], new composition by Daniel Rosenqvist: Extract.
Venue: Grünewaldsalen, Consert Hall in Stockholm

March 15, 2015
In commemoration of the tsunami disaster in Japan 3/11 2011.
At Gustav Adolfs Kyrka, Stockholm, 13-18
("Haru no Umi").


November 22-23, 2014
Workshop in Paris.
Pieces: "Sōkaku Reibo", "Akebono Sugagaki" (renkan)

October 18, 2014
"Shizue – Fantasy for String Orchestra and Shakuhachi" by Joseph Swensen (1995).
Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música
Conductor: Joseph Swensen

Here you can listen to the performance.
Here you can hear an interview with the composer Joseph Swensen.

August 22-26, 2014
Prague Shakuhachi Festival.

July 3-4, 2014
Event in Stockholm.

June 19-22, 2014
ESS Shakuhachi Summer School in Radolfzell, June 19-22, 2014.
Pieces performed: "Shizu no Kyoku" (solo honkyoku), "Shika no Tōne" (duet honkyoku), "Haru no Kyoku" (sankyoku w. koto and vocals), and "Tsuki" (solo gendaikyoku).

June 6, 2014
Stockholm Early Music Festival. A lecture on Japanese Music History.

May 4, 2014
Samois-sur-Seine (south of Paris). Kinko-ryū honkyoku: "Sanya Sugagaki", "Shika no Tōne", "Tsuki", "Sōkaku Reibo", "Tamuke".

April 26, 2014
Sakura Festival in Stockholm: "Haru no Umi"


November 1, 2013
Requiem by Karl Jenkins (2004).
Venue: Nybro

August 23–26, 2013
(Prague Shakuhachi Festival)
Honkyoku: "Kyūshū Reibo" or "Shizu no Kyoku"
Sankyoku: "Tamagawa"

July 25–28, 2013
(ESS Shakuhachi Summer School Barcelona 2013).
Honkyoku: "Sagari-ha no Kyoku" or "Shimotsuke Kyorei"
Sankyoku: "Kaji-makura"

May 25–26, 2013
(Paris Workshop)
"Kinuta Sugomori" and "Yoshiya Reibo"


November 20, 2012
I appear on Swedish Radio Önska i P2, November 20. Two parts of the piece Ryūkyū minyō ni your kumikyoku were played, and a 5-minute long interview.
This link is available for 30 days from the date of broadcast.

Movement 6

November 3, 2012
Requiem by Karl Jenkins (2004).
Venue: Hogalidskyrkan (church) in Stockholm.

August 26 and 27, 2012 within the Prague Shakuhachi Festival 2012.

"Shimotsuke Kyorei" and "Shizu no Kyoku"

"Iso-chidori" (jiuta), with Satō Kikuko (shamisen, vocals).
"Natsu no Kyoku" (sōkyoku), with Satō Kikuko (koto, vocals).

June 6, 2012
Introductory shakuhachi performance to a lecture by the Tibetan Lama Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche in Stockholm on June 6, 2012. The theme of the lecture is: Common sense, philosophy, and realization.

Date: Wednesday June 6th, juni 2012, (Swedish National Day).
Time: 18:00 - 21:00 (Performance is scheduled for 18:00 – 18:20).
Location: Eric Ericssonhallen, Skeppsholmskyrkan, Kyrkslingan 2-4, Stockholm.
(T): Kungsträdgården.

Detailed information is available in English, och på Svenska.

June 5, 2012
Performance in the shop BROKIGA BENGALEN BUTIK.
(only in Swedish)

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May 28, 31 and June 2, 2012
I appear in a program named "Skönheten" (Beauty). Only in Swedish.
Link to the program (accessible for a month): at 33'20" into the program (length: approx. 3 minutes).
May 29 (P2, 12:00).
Also in P1 on Thursday May 31 (14:03), and Saturday June 2 (23:07).

May 27, 2012
Vallentuna kyrka, north of Stockholm. A Japanese Mass (listen), composed by Shia Eguchi, featuring shakuhachi, koto, hichiriki, taiko besides solo Bass, Tenor, Alt, and Soprano and the church chorus.
Shakuhachi: Gunnar Jinmei Linder

March 11, 2012 Photos
A performance for the people who were affected in last year's tsunami and subsequent nuclear power plant accident. Especially in memory of those who lost their lives.

Gustav Adolfskyrkan, Wittstocksgatan, Stockholm.
Here is a link to the Oscar Parish (only in Swedish).

The day begins at 10 am, candles and exhibition.
Exhibition with music: 12:00 koto, 12:30 shakuhachi, 1 pm taiko.
Main event, music service, begins at 3 pm: string quartet, tenor solo, koto, shakuhachi, taiko, piano, and more.

(Swedish and Japanese).


August 27 and 28, 2011
Prague Shakuhachi Festival 2011. Preliminary performances are "Chidori no Kyoku" on the 27th, and "Sōkaku Reibo" on the 28th (see the liner notes for CD Ginyū for details about the pieces). Further information to be included.
I will be conducting a beginners class, as well as teaching a sankyoku class on the piece "Shin Tagasago".
I will also hold three lectures on the history of the shakuhachi, the structure of Kinko-ryū Honkyoku, and one presentation of my recently published book on advanced playing techniques of Kinko-ryū Honkyoku (see Writings for further information).

May 22, 2011
Charity Concert for Japan at Oscarskyrkan in Stockholm. Concert starts at 16:00.
Entrance fee: 100 kronor.

Gunnar Jinmei Linder playing "Tamuke".


Gunnar Jinmei Linder and Niklas Natt och Dag playing "Akebono Sugagaki" (renkan).


April 9, 2011
Charity Concert for Japan at Östasiatiska museet in Stockholm. Concert in the Lecture Hall 18:30, and in the museum at 20:00. Free entrance to the Night at the Museum.
Concert fee: at your choice (recommended 100 kr).

March 21, 2011

  • A special program for Japan will be broadcasted live 7:30 pm to midnight on March 21, 2011. Swedish Radio, P2. Link to the program (Swedish only).
    I will start up the program with a live-in-studio performance, and then be side-kick together with Christina Nygren, a specialist on Japanese theatre. The program contains a variety of Japanese music, discussions on Japanese music culture in general, and also reports from the present situation in Japan.

February 2011

embouchure close-up

January 2011


September – October 2010
A variety of events, among others the 25th anniversary of the Scandinavia-Japan Sasakawa Foundation.

Performing "Yuki"

Performance with Satō Kikuko (2001).

August 2010
During the European Shakuhachi Festival in Prague, August 26–30, 2010. Apart from the performances below, I also gave two presentations (see Writings).

I performed the Kinko-ryū honkyoku piece "Yūgure no Kyoku", and two sankyoku pieces. The early 19th century piece "Fune no Yume" (composed by Kikuoka Kengyō and Yaezaki Kengyō), with Satō Kikuko, "Hira" (20th century piece by Miyagi Michio), with Satō Kikuko and Watanabe Haruko.

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