6th Annual
SHAKULUTE GATHERING
in Hokkaido, Japan
第6回シャクルート愛好者のつどい
June 14, 2014 • Engaru, Hokkaido JAPAN


 

SHAKULUTE
Shakuhachi Headjoint
for the
Silver Flute

 

 

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にどうぞ。

 


. . . where East Meets West

The Shakulute headjoint for the silver flute is a completely new concept in woodwinds developed by Tai Hei Shakuhachi. It replaces the side-blown headjoint of the Western transverse flute with that of an end-blown shakuhachi headjoint to create an innovative new sound and style of music. This hybrid instrument allows the player to employ blowing styles and techniques distinctive to the traditional Japanese shakuhachi while using fingerings common to the western classical Boehm flute. The resulting sound is a unique blend of East and West that can be achieved on no other instrument. It is perfect for the western flautist interested in producing music with a Japanese touch as well as the traditional shakuhachi player who wants to experiment with western scales and intonation.


 

Models of Shakulute

The Shakuhachi Headjoint for the Silver Flute is available in several styles crafted from traditional susudaké, madaké bamboo and torachiku (tiger bamboo) priced to accommodate your budget.
Shakulute headjonts are designed to fit the standard size Boehm flute with C- or B-foot and the alto flute.
Each headjoint ordered is carefully fitted to the socket of your silver flute body at no additional charge.

Photo
Click on Headjoint above to view Photo Gallery of each model

Model

Rare
Susudaké Bamboo

Select
Madaké Bamboo
Standard
Madaké Bamboo
Chinese
Madaké Bamboo
Torachiku
(Tiger Bamboo)
Inlaid Binding
Torachiku
(Tiger Bamboo)

Standard Binding

Cast Resin

Alto Shakulute
Select Madaké Bamboo
Alto Shakulute
Standard Madaké Bamboo
or Torachiku (Tiger Bamboo)
Number TH-H-S TH-H-M1 TH-H-M2 TH-H-C TH-H-T1 TH-H-T2 TH-H-R TH-H-A1 TH-H-A2
Bamboo Made from rare 150-200 year old susudaké bamboo originally used as roof rafters in traditional Japanese farm houses. Unique dark coloration.* Made from the highest grade of Japanese madaké bamboo with unique coloration and patterns.* Made from the species of bamboo traditionally in Japan used for shakuhachi. Uniform gold color. Made from madaké bamboo harvested in Sechuan, China. Distinctive reddish-brown color. Made from torachiku (Tiger Bamboo) harvested in Shikoku Island, Japan. * Made from torachiku (Tiger Bamboo) harvested in Shikoku Island, Japan. * Made from cast resin simulated bamboo. Made from the highest grade of Japanese madaké bamboo with unique coloration and patterns.* Made from the species of bamboo traditionally in Japan used for shakuhachi. Uniform gold color.

Mouthpiece
Style

Kinko-ryu utaguchi with prehistoric mastodon ivory bordered with 14K gold.

Kinko- or Tozan-ryu utaguchi bordered with 14K gold.

Kinko- or Tozan-ryu utaguchi bordered with 14K gold.

Kinko- or Tozan-ryu utaguchi bordered with 14K gold.

Kinko-ryu utaguchi bordered with sterling silver.

Kinko-ryu utaguchi bordered with sterling silver.

Kinko-ryu utaguchi (painted).

Kinko- or Tozan-ryu utaguchi bordered with 14K gold.

Kinko- or Tozan-ryu utaguchi bordered with 14K gold.

Protective
Binding
Traditional inlaid rattan bindings. Traditional inlaid rattan bindings. Traditional inlaid rattan bindings. Traditional inlaid rattan bindings. Inlaid lacquered bindings. Ssimulated urushi (dark red) color. Standard black bindings.

No bindings
necessary.

Traditional inlaid rattan bindings. Traditional inlaid rattan bindings.

* Patterns and color of sousoudaké, madaké and torachiku bamboo vary with each individual headjoint. See Photo Gallery for available options.

Learn More About

 

Shakulute made from rare Susudaké
Prehistoric Mastodon Ivory Utaguchi Inlay bordered with 14K Gold

Susudaké is 150 to 200 year old bamboo salvaged from old straw-thatched Japanese farm houses. Used as roof rafters and celing supports in these buildings, the bamboo was transformed to an auburn color by absorbing the smoke of the ‘irori’ hearth over many years of use. Traditional Japanese homes of this era typically had a central open charcoal pit where a bamboo pole descended from the ceiling near the middle of the pit. A teapot or cooking pot was hung at the bottom of the bamboo pole over burning charcoal. The smoke from the charcoal rose vertically up the bamboo pole and out through a hole in the ceiling, and over a period of time, caused the natural color of the roof rafters to age and become a "darker" or "mahogany" color. Susudaké bamboo is very rare and used widely to make implements for Japanese tea ceremony and other traditional arts.

  Prehistoric Mastodon Ivory

Tai Hei Shakuhachi and Shakulute headjoints are made using a variety of materials for the utaguchi or mouthpiece inlay. To preserve the delicate mouthpiece of the instrument and prevent deterioration over time, a hard dense material is inserted at the blowing edge. Water buffalo horn is traditionally used for this purpose, however, it is prone to deterioration so modern makers increasingly use and prefer specially-formulated cell cast acrylic for this purpose. Ivory is also an option.

Tai Hei Shakuhachi are made without the use of elephant ivory or tusk, teeth, horns or other material banned and prohibited under CITES (Convention on the International Trade of Endangered Species).

Only prehistoric mastodon ivory is used as it is permitted under this international agreement. Until about 7-10,000 years ago, mammoths ranged over Eurasia and mastodons over the Americas. Throughout their long reign as species, innumerable individuals died and were buried in mud, ice or peat. These artifacts, although not mineralized in the true sense of fossilization, have been preserved, and due to erosion, geological events or mining have been, and are being, unearthed and used as ivory sources.

Like all elephant ivories these show distinct structural properties which result in a layered structure in longitudinal section and a cross hatched pattern in cross section. This characteristic called the "engine turned" effect is diagnostic of elephantine ivories and absent in all other forms. These ancient ivories sometimes have acquired unusual colors through long contact with minerals and mineral solutions.

Such materials are not prohibited by CITES (Convention on the International Trade of Endangered Species), as indeed the species are already extinct. In the US, digging for anything on public lands is restricted by Federal land management agencies, but in Alaska, Canada, Greenland and Siberia, Inuits and other native peoples have been greatly benefited by the ability to harvest, fashion, and trade these items on the world market.


 

Solid Silver Tenon
All headjoints listed above are fabricated with seamless tenons made of solid sterling silver (as opposed to brass, copper or plated material).


 

Fits Standard C- or B-Foot, Alto & Wood Flutes

A complete instrument also available for those who do not presently own a silver flute. The Shakulute is now available with a Gemeinhardt Model 2SP, C-foot as well as with a Gemeinhardt or Trevor James alto flute complete with transverse headjoint and hard case. Also available are a full line of professional level Gemeinhardt and Miyazawa silver flutes.

These instruments are currently available.

Shakulute with Gemeinhardt C flute.
Shakulute with Trevor James Alto flute.
The Shakulute can be fitted to wood as well as silver flutes.

 

Comes with Mouthpiece Cap, Carrying Case, Tsuyutoshi, Thumb Rests & CD

Included at no additional charge with each susudaké, madaké or torachiku bamboo Shakulute are the following items:

• An utaguchi cover (mouthpiece cap) to protect the delicate blowing edge.
• A thumb rest that clips on the lower portion of the flute.
• A handmade black walnut wood carrying case.
• A tsuyutoshi or cleaning cloth.
• Instructions on how to produce a sound on the shakuhachi-style mouthpiece.
• Shakulute CD - Tanifuji Kozan, SHAKULUTE: Live in Concert
• Fitting the Shakulute headjoint to your silver flute.
• The Resin Cast headjoint comes with all items above except the utaguchi cover, tsuyutoshi & wood carrying case.
• Shakulute with Gemeinhardt Model 22SP Silver Flute also comes with transverse headjoint and silver flute carrying case.

 

New Affordable Simulated Bamboo Resin Cast Shakulute


 

Shakulute CD

Tanifuji Kozan, SHAKULUTE: Live in Concert

 

A CD of original compositions by Tanifuji Kozan, Grand Master of Tozan-ryu shakuhachi from Hokkaido, Japan.

Listen to the
Sound of Shakulute
Pastoral
. Wind Patterns on the Sand
. The Bamboo and the Mulberry
. Taken with Dancing Snow
. A Talk with One-Legged Gateway
. In the Space Between the Forest & the Lake

LALTO SHAKULUTE DUET
Kozan Tanifuji & Marc Berner
Hokkaido Concert


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Shakuhachi Headjoint for the Silver Flute

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