Shakuhachi and Guitar

Click on the painting to hear the Fairfield Duo perform their arrangement of Gekko Rotecki (Flute in the Moonlight). 


Japanese Shakuhachi Flute

The shakuhachi is an end-blown Japanese bamboo flute, played for centuries as a religious or meditative practice. With its unique sound and expressive voice, the shakuhachi can create both great simplicity and great beauty. 

Dr. Suggs studies shakuhachi with Dai-Shihan James Nyoraku Schlefer and received her jun shihan shakuhachi accreditation from his New York City Kyo-Shin-An dojo and her Shihan (Master) license from Dai-Shihan Kurahashi Yoshio II in Kyoto, Japan. 

In addition to programming Japanese works for Western flute and guitar, the Fairfield Duo offers special programs featuring the Japanese shakuhachi bamboo flute in duet with guitar. The result is intriguing and meditative.

Contact the duo if you would like to schedule a concert or educational program featuring this beautiful instrument. Dr. Suggs also performs solo shakuhachi recitals. Visit Nora’s shakuhachi website:

Slideshow of Japanese woodblock art and shakuhachi photos:

 © Candice Mowbray 2017