About me

My name is Philip Suimei Horan. I spent two years in Japan, studying the Tozan-ryu (都山流) in Hiroshima. I have studied shakuhachi with Sunny Yeung (Hong Kong), Hanaoka Seizan (Hiroshima),Kiku Day and Jean-François Lagrost.

I completed a Masters in Ethnomusicology at the Irish World Music Centre in Limerick, focusing on shakuhachi acoustics and Japanese aesthetics. I have explored playing Irish and Celtic musics on shakuhachi. I play in a variety of styles from the traditional honkyoku (本曲) and sankyoku (三曲) to modern pieces and jazz. I give regular performaces in Ireland and abroad and teach shakuhachi to a small but growing community of shakuhachi players in Ireland. I completed Jun-shihan or a teacher's license in April 2013.

I began making shakuhachi when I lived in Japan from 1999-2001. My shakuhachi are ideal for zen meditation or ‘blowing zen’. All are made from root-end bamboo. I make both ji-nashiand ji-ari shakuhachi in all sizes. My shakuhachi are charactised by their responsiveness and naturalness.

Recent performances

picture of Philip Horan playing in the bamboo grove