Making New Music with Shakuhachi

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Working on new music with shakuhachi and other instruments the past week with author choreographer Muna Tseng at the Baryshnikov Arts Center here in New York City. What an amazing experience creating art from personal history. Muna is telling the story of her paternal grandfather. I’m reminded of how empowering it is to tell you own story. You alone are responsible for the upholding the history, legacy and beauty of the your family’s history. What better way to do this than with art. Do not trust anyone else to get it right!. We had our first showing from the three week residency last night. I met Mikhail Baryshnikov himself afterwards at the social. I thanked hime for allowing us to create in his beautiful and inspiring space. He said, “This is your home.”

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Perry Yung:  Shakuhachi maker, musician

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Hi, I’m Perry Yung. Welcome! I first discovered the shakuhachi flute while performing in New York City as an actor in Ellen Stewart’s Oedipus the King. Night after night, the subtle sound grew to become all encompassing. Soon, I started making the flute as it was impossible to buy a shakuhachi in the pre-internet days of 1994. Time passed and eight years later got a grant to live in Japan to study traditionally with some of the best makers and players in the world. The shakuhachi changed my life in ways that words can not describe. My goal is to help you with a flute that can open that door as it is a beautiful world on the other side. Come on in!
Those interested in my acting work (TV, film and stage) can see what I’m up to at my actors blog.  -

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Zen saying for Perry.