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



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My beginner's manual is out for sale. At presently available in English and French, and a Greek translation is on its way.

Please refer to Atelier Chikudo for details.

Published in 2012

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I PhD dissertation on March 17, 2012 at Stockholm University, Department of Asian, Middle Eastern and Turkish Studies.

The title of the dissertation is:
Deconstructing Tradition in japanese Music: A Study of Shakuhachi, Historical Authenticity and Transmission of Tradition

Abstract in English (pdf):
Summary in Japanese (pdf):

The dissertation was published in 2012. It is available for free from the Stockholm University Library, Digital Scientific Archive (Digitala vetenskapliga arkivet) DiVA as downloadable resource (pdf). It will also be available at other major universities and libraries in Scandinavia.

Copies of the dissertation have also been sent to institutions that provided image material:

• The Etnografiska museet, Stockholm, Sweden.
• The Museum of Far-eastern Antiquities, Stockholm, Sweden.
• The National Diet Library, Tokyo, Japan.
• The Tokyo National University of the Arts, Tokyo, Japan
• The Kyoto University Library, Kyoto, Japan.
• The Tohoku University Library, Sendai, Japan.
• The National Museum of History, Chiba, Japan.
• The Suntory Museum of Art, Tokyo, Japan.
• The Yonezawa Uesugi Museum, Yonezawa, Japan.
• The Yonezawa City Library, Yonezawa, Japan.

May, 2013
Matt Treyvaud, a translator and linguist residing in Japan, found an interesting thread in my PhD dissertation. Definitely worth reading, and another strong argument for my position, that "tradition" is created from rather obscure sources, which—consciously or not—may be deceptive. Read it here.

Published in 2011:

Notes on Kinko-ryū Shakuhachi Honkyoku — Performance Techniques: Analysis, Classification, Explanation

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Click on the title above for a more detailed introduction. There you can also download the List of Contents, and listen to samples from the three included CD's. There is a list of errata, both in text and as a downloadable pdf file.

You can buy the book here (all products are sold on the same page), or through Taihei Shakuhachi.

Price (when buying from this site):

SEK: 495Euro: 57US$: 79JPY: 6,490

N.B. On the Sales Page you have to choose your preferred shipment option. You make your choice under "1. Shipment" and Add to Cart. For information about shipment cost, please see the detailed info.

You can also buy the book from Taihei Shakuhachi.

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The book consists of 241 pages, covering 56 pages of theoretical discussion, and 129 pages of detailed explanations and scores of ten pieces covered in the book. The pieces are explained phrase-by-phrase, with corresponding phrase numbers in the score. Each phrase has either its own full explanation, or a reference to previously encountered phrases.

The book comes with recent recordings of the ten pieces (recorded in October 2009), and newly written easy-to-read foldout scores. The scores are based on the Miura Kindō notation, but where added information in Japanese in the Miura is not essential I have excluded it from my notation.

The notation in the book is beautifully calligraphed by Ryōko Satō-Linder in 2010.

The aim with this book is to supply a material for workshops and master classes, as well as for self-studies of Kinko-ryū honkyoku. The book can also be used as a reference for pieces covered in your learning process.

Please click here to listen to samples, download the List of Contents, Acknowledgement, Preface, and Foreword. There is also an updated Errata List available.


"Rock Music in Japan." In Peter Koudstaal, ed. Music Brings Us Together. Hamburg: Gudberg, release date: Autumn 2014.
ISBN: 978-3-943061-21-5

"Empati eller romantiserande: En betraktelse över Edo-periodens kurtisaner i musikgenren jiuta-sōkyoku" [Empathy or Romance: A Study of the Courtesans in Edo-period jiuta-sōkyoku music]. Gunnar Jinmei Linder, et al., ed., Broar av ord: Festskrift till Gunilla Lindberg-Wada, Orientaliska Studier, No. 136, 2013. Stockholm: Orientaliska Studier, pp. 109–133.
ISSN: 0345-8997

"An Analysis of Form: The Concept of kata in Japanese Traditional Music." In Živá hudba (Living Music. Review for the Study of Music and Dance), Nr. 4, 2013. Prague: NAMU, pp. 70–93.
ISSN: 0514-7735
ISBN: 978-80-7331-260-2

"The boro and Shakuhachi." London: ESS Journal, July 2011, pp. 4–34.

"Shi, Yamaguchi Gorō no geijutsu" 師・山口五郎の芸術 (The Art of My Teacher Yamaguchi Gorō). Tokumaru Yoshihiko, et al., ed., Yūgen naru hibiki: ningen kokuhō Yamaguchi Gorō no shakuhachi to shōgai 幽玄なる響き−人間国宝・山口五郎の尺八と生涯 (Mysterious Sound: The Life and Shakuhachi of Living National Treasure Yamaguchi Gorō). Tokyo: Shuppan Geijutsusha, 2008, 221–222.
ISBN: 978-4-88293-338-0 C3073

In Progress/To be Published

  • "Analytic Theory"
  • "Rhythm and Form in Shakuhachi Honkyoku"
  • "Jiuta-sōkyoku: The Edo-period Chamber Music"



Stockholm University, October 4, 2012.

My presentations at the Conference part of Prague Shakuhachi Festival 2012.

  • Jiuta-sōkyoku or Sankyoku: What It Is, and Why It Became What It Is.
  • What Is kata, and What Does It Actually Contain?
  • Rhythm in Honkyoku: The Theory Presented by Koizumi Fumio Extended

My presentations at the Conference part of Prague Shakuhachi Festival 2011.

  • The komosō.
  • Structural Aspects of Performance: What is an Ornament in Kinko-ryū Honkyoku?

My presentations at the Conference part of 2010 European Shakuhachi Festival in Prague.

Stockholm University, Department of Oriental Languages 2011.

Stockholm University, Department of Oriental Languages 2007.

Stockholm University, Department of Oriental Languages 2006.

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