Masayuki Koga


Pragmatic Psychology & Physiology in Music

Koga-sensei writes: "The extremely important core of music or even of our life is; expansion for freedom. Freedom to play music without chain or any restriction. In order to be free we need to open our mind and body. However it is easy to say but, it is difficult to do. Then how to open up our whole body depends on how steadly and concretely start and keep going forward to reach our goal step by step. That is about this book from my 50 years experience. We start from basic breathing, simple posture and gradually we check each part of the body some are visible (we say outer-muscles), some are difficult to see or touch (inner muscles) including organs like throat, inside mouth, diaphragm, and back-muscles. In order to check our whole body since we have around six hundred muscles (it is plenty), so we need to do gradually herefore, you could open and read this book wherever you feel comfortable (you don’t have to start reading from first page; just open the book and enjoy that page. And when you feel start reading from the first page, then that is the time to organize your idea of managing the whole body. But don’t force yourself because it is good to maintain the free-attitude for anything."

Masayuki Koga, wrote "Atlas of Insight of Music" from his 50+ years of experience performing, teaching, lecturing and providing workshops at Stanford University, NY University, UC Berkeley and Japanese Music Institute of America. Grammy Award nominated for his opening recording of CD 2007. Also, recorded at Skywalker Studio for the movie "The Sea of Trees" in 2015.

Dual Language Edition in English and Japanese.

156 pages. PG-26

Masayuki Koga is a teacher, composer and virtuoso performer of traditional and contemporary shakuhachi music. He received a shihan (master's credential) from the Tozan Ryu in 1964 after studying many years with Master Kazan Sakai. A former member of the Nihon Ongaku Shudan (Ensemble Nipponia), Koga has recorded several albums of contemporary and classical shakuhachi music. He is founder of the Japanese Music Institute in San Francisco.

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Japanese Music Institute of America

Shakuhachi Playing Guides
Shakuhachi: Japanese Bamboo Flute
Extract of Master Techniques for Shakuhachi
Atlas of Insight of Music-Vol. 1
Atlas of Insight of Music-Vol. 2
Shakuhachi: In the Multi Dimension

Sheet Music
Sankyoku Series Music Sheets
JMI Shakuhachi Performing Repertoire-Vol. 1

JMI Shakuhachi Performing Repertoire-Vol. 2

Recorded Music

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