Hanz Araki in Concert
Past Event

Hanz Araki returns to Bainbridge Island for an intimate one-night only show blending traditional Japanese shakuhachi flute with Irish influences.



$25 Members | $30 General Admission

About Hanz Araki

Hanzaburo (Hanz) Kodō Araki is a sixth-generation Kinko-Ryū shakuhachi sōke (grand master)

The shakuhachi is a relatively obscure end-blown, bamboo flute; yet it produces perhaps the most quintessential sound associated with Japan and Japanese traditional music. Originally played by itinerant monks as a form of meditation, it has endured centuries of change throughout Japan’s history. For six generations, the Araki family has shepherded this tradition under the name of Kodō. Named for his great-great grandfather, Hanzaburō made his professional debut in 1988 in Japan only four months after his first lesson from his father. In 2009, the name Kodō was bestowed upon him by his father, making the Araki lineage the oldest continuous bloodline in the history of Japanese traditional music; an unbroken connection to the roots of this haunting music.

Kodō VI taught at Keio University in Tokyo, and is still in demand as an instructor for his command of Kinko-ryu (Kinko-style, the primary branch of shakuhachi music). He has performed throughout the world and appeared on dozens of recordings and soundtracks.

In addition to his career in traditional Japanese music, Hanz—as he’s commonly known—is an accomplished Irish flute and whistle-player and singer. Discovering and relishing the melodic and mechanical similarities between shakuhachi and Irish whistle, Hanz applied his natural capacity and boundless curiosity to his Irish heritage.

Three decades of musical exploration into Irish, Scottish, Japanese, and American traditions has yielded his distinct style described by Fatea Magazine as “achingly beautiful.” Considered one of the most talented Irish musicians in America today, flautist, whistle player, singer, and Juno Award-winner Hanz Araki has been lauded by publications and audiences alike.


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Aug 26, 2022
7:00pm – 9:00pm


Frank Buxton Auditorium



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