Definition of shakuhachi in English:



  • A Japanese bamboo flute, held vertically when played.

    • ‘TaikOz performs music by Japanese and Australian composers using Japanese taiko and shakuhachi (bamboo flute).’
    • ‘Silje's favourite song on At First Light, ‘Japanese Blue’, is airy and free-flowing, with the unsettling sound of a trumpet masquerading as a shakuhachi.’
    • ‘TaikOz has established itself as one of Australia's most energetic and exciting drumming groups, combining the power of the traditional Japanese taiko with the etherial tones of the bamboo shakuhachi.’
    • ‘The opening track, ‘Toremoro,’ starts with the forgotten sounds of space, soon accompanied by a shakuhachi.’
    • ‘During our relaxation time, he would play his shakuhachi (Japanese bamboo flute) for us.’
    • ‘With something of the style of a Japanese buyo dance, Philippa Davies bends the pitch of her alto flute to summon the sound of a shakuhachi and Catrin Finch plucks her harp strings near the soundboard, alluding to the sound of the koto.’
    • ‘The shakuhachi has been in Japan for about 1200 years but before that it came from China.’
    • ‘Riley is a Grand Master of the shakuhachi (bamboo flute) and has been teaching and performing for more than two decades.’
    • ‘The vocalised trumpet often resembled a shakuhachi (wooden Japanese flute) or (more fancifully) the gentle soughing of wind through trees.’
    • ‘Specifically, the Pan-Asian theme is both meditative and powerful, a mixture of gongs, shakuhachi, koto and taiko drums with the traditional symphonic score.’
    • ‘The shakuhachi is usually played solo or with the koto.’
    • ‘This is a twilight music, a sequence of breath-induced sounds, the shakuhachi, a mantra, the winds of outer space, suggesting the bardo state of Tibetan Buddhism, the realm between death and rebirth.’
    • ‘This page is associated in some way with the website of a company that sells shakuhachi, the traditional Japanese bamboo flutes, though there is no apparent way to reach the exercise page from the company's homepage.’
    • ‘The lead melody is played by a shakuhachi, a Japanese wood flute that is very ‘breathy ‘and has a lot of character, making it hard to recreate well.’
    • ‘Impromptu performances of everything from didgeridoo to the ethereal shakuhachi liven up the banks of the Kamogawa River every evening.’
    • ‘The shakuhachi has an intensity, even a wildness, that is quite foreign to the Western flute.’
    • ‘There are two shows; the first starts at 8 p.m., and Katz (on piano) will be joined by Bruce Huebner on flute and shakuhachi.’
    • ‘On Saturday, Aug.12, he'll play piano and be joined by Bruce Huebner on flute and shakuhachi at the Jazz and Gallery Natte Iru House in Iriya.’
    • ‘Rather than emphasise the distinctiveness, sonically and culturally, of the Japanese shakuhachi and the western bass flute, Denyer creates a new hybrid sonority by having the two instruments play together the whole time.’
    • ‘From the perspective of a musician who was introduced to flute playing via the end-blown bamboo shakuhachi, the common Western transverse metal concert flute has a couple of advantages.’


Late 19th century: Japanese, from shaku, a measure of length (approx. 0.33 metre) + hachi ‘eight (tenths)’.