Antonio Enzan Live at Springr Cafe, Kochi

  • Date / Time: 03/26/2014 : 8:00 PM
  • Location: Springr Cafe
  • Address: Springr, Bazaar Road, Mattancherry,Cochin,Kerala,India

Antonio’s previous profession was graphic designer and during those years full of stress he took refugee in the shakuhachi as it was his relief. He quit his job to start a new life as vocational musician to follow the way of the bamboo. Shakuhachi started as a hobby and later on become his current profession.
Antonio took up the shakuhachi in 2001 and started lessons with Anne Norman and Andrew Macgregor in Melbourne – Australia. His passion for this instrument, its asthetic of the music, enthusiasm and philosophy led to him to study formerly this sublime Japanese bamboo flute in Tokyo under the direction of some of the best shakuhachi masters. He was awarded with two grants from the Gen Foundation and AIE “Artistas Intérpretes y Ejecutantes” to carry his studies in Japan.

He has toured throughout Spain, Japan, Egypt, Germany, The Netherlands, Slovakia, France and Portugal. In his professional activity he gave lectures about Japanese music at the Autonoma University of Madrid, University of Salamanca, conservatories, teacher´s training colleges and educational associations.
He has received several awards as soloist in World Music Contests in Spain. He was awarded on the 2nd Price at Intermúsicas Music Contest in 2004. He won the Composition Music Contest of the 250 Years of the Foundation of Isla Cristina with his composition Three Bamboo Poems in 2006. In the World Music Contest of Madrid he was awarded on the 1st Price in 2007.

Shakuhachi Flute History

This sublime bamboo flute came to Japan from China during the Nara Period 6th Century. Originally this bamboo flute was one of the instruments played on the Gagaku Orquestra “Japanese Court Music”. The shakuhachi become quite distinct from its Chinese counterpart the xiao bamboo flute due to centuries of isolated evolution in Japan and the shakuhachi flute had major changes in its craftmanship creating a new instrument totally new from its precursor.

During the medieval period, shakuhachi were most notable for their role in the Fuke sect of Zen Buddhist monks, known as komuso (“priests of nothingness,” or “emptiness monks”), who used the shakuhachi as a spiritual tool. Their pieces called Honkyoku “ancient original music” were paced according to the players’ breathing and were considered a meditation called Suizen “blowing Zen”.