Japanese Shakuhachi Flute
By Philip Gelb


Philip Gelb


Philip Gelb

Philip Gelb is one of the most active shakuhachi performers and teachers in North America.  His current projects include: the Natto Quartet, the Wind Trio of Alphaville, The Space Between with Pauline Oliveros and Dana Reason, a trio with Alex Cline and Dana Reason, and collaborations with dancer/choreographer, Eri Majima. He is also a member of two of California's prominent new music ensembles: The SFSound Ensemble and The Triaxium Ensemble.

In addition he has an active freelance career as an improvisor and is a frequent guest soloist with various ensembles including the Oakland Symphony, The Seattle Creative Orchestra and numerous other groups. He has premiered numerous pieces for shakuhachi solo and in a variety of contexts with other instruments. He has released numerous CDs on labels including 482 music, Deep Listening, EMI-japan, Leo, Sparkling Beatnik, Abray, Limited Sedition, Artship and Ryokan.


Program Date

02/02/05 8:00 pm

Program Overview

Philip Gelb performed and spoke about the history of the shakuhachi flute in Japan with emphasis on Buddhist traditions and concepts related to sound.

The performance was part of the EMIT Series.

Admission was $8 general and $5 for students/seniors (65 and older). For further information see www.emitseries.org or call 727-341-4363.