ALEK ZANDR was a founding member of the British Shakuhachi Society. He took up the instrument while an enthusiast of the Western flute after hearing Shozan Kimura, a Japanese Master, play a concert in London. He has contributed to and played on several film soundtracks and with the guitarist Paul Barrett has made a live acoustic recording. He has performed on both flute and shakuhachi in various countries including Canada, America, France, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland and in venues as diverse as Psychiatric Hospitals, the Purcell Room and the streets of London.

Shakuhachi, guitars and Japanese percussion blended with Hyakunin isshu, 100 poets sung/chanted in traditional style by the Teruko Chagrin. A poet of renown named Fujiwara no Teika (1162-1241) is said to have selected these hundred poems, which date from the tenth century.

Monty H. Levenson, P.O. Box 294, Willits, CA 95490 USA

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