Below you will find all the options to register for the events of the ESS Online Season 2023-24.

Once you concluded the PayPal check-out you will be redirected to a confirmation page. From there you can simply navigate back to the online23-24 website. The PayPal transaction receipt is your proof of registration. The ESS will aim to confirm receipts within one week of payment.

If you register for any of the beginner or elementary orientated workshops please send us an email, using the contact form, to let us know the length of time you have been learning shakuhachi already.

ESS Online Season 2024

We updated the ‘season’ option. Now the “ESS Online Season 2024’ option gives you access to all remaining online events between January and June 2024. Peace of mind not to miss anything and a great deal too.

ONLINE #2024-ESS Non-Member €175
ONLINE #2024-ESS Member €140

Event #1 15. October – StartingUp/Beginner

ONLINE #1-ESS Non-Member €30
ONLINE #1-ESS Member €25

Event #1 has finished.

Event #2 11+12. November – Beginner/Elementary

ONLINE #2-ESS Non-Member €50
ONLINE #2-ESS Member €40

Event #2 has finished.

Event #3 21. January – ESS New Year Concert


Event #3 has finished.

Event #4 11 February – Beginner/Elementary

ONLINE #4-ESS Non-Member €30
ONLINE #4-ESS Member €25

Event #4 has finished.

Event #5 2+3 March – Intermediate/Advanced

ONLINE #5-ESS Non-Member €50
ONLINE #5-ESS Member €40

Event #5 has finished.

Event #6 April/May – Voice
The voice within shakuhachi and Japanese cultural and musical tradition. (All five events)

ONLINE #6-ESS Non-Member €90
ONLINE #6-ESS Member €70

Event #6 has finished.

Event #6.1 13 April – Shōmyō Buddhist chant

ONLINE #6.1-ESS Non-Member €20
ONLINE #6.1-ESS Member €15

Event #6.1 has finished.

Event #6.2 14 April – Singing honkyoku

ONLINE #6.2-ESS Non-Member €20
ONLINE #6.2-ESS Member €15

Event #6.2 has finished.

Event #6.3 20 April – Voice in sankyoku

ONLINE #6.3-ESS Non-Member €20
ONLINE #6.3-ESS Member €15

Event #6.3 has finished.

Event #6.4 27 April – Min’yō & Voice

ONLINE #6.4-ESS Non-Member €20
ONLINE #6.4-ESS Member €15

Event #6.4 has finished.

Event #6.5 4 May – Vocalising shakuhachi
Event #7 02 June – Shakuhachi & Improvisation

ONLINE #7-ESS Non-Member €30
ONLINE #7-ESS Member €25



If there are study materials (score, fingering charts, mp3, etc..) for a workshop provided by the teacher we aim to make them available to the registered participants 2-3 weeks before event commences. For the workshops using a score, we suggest you print a hardcopy beforehand.


Dependent on permission by the teacher we will make recordings of the zoom sessions availabe to the registered participants to view online for about two weeks after the event finishes.

By participating in the event, you agree to (1) the sessions being recorded. And (2) these recordings being made available to view for about 2 weeks after the event to other workshop participants . You are not allowed to record and/or disseminate the Zoom sessions yourself.


The online platform for the event series is Zoom. Please note that you will need to install the Zoom application on your device to attend. But there is no need to open a Zoom account. If you have any questions about technical aspects of Zoom please contact us beforehand. We will also send out a detailed guide with zoom workshop instructions a couple of days before the event.

The relevant Zoom link for each event will be emailed to all the registered participants on the day before the event commences. Please note, it is not allowed to share the Zoom link or live streams to any unregistered persons.


Levels are never clear cut and kind of subjective so please note: It is sometimes useful for participants to attend workshops at a higher level than that at which they find themselves. If one attempts to play at least slightly beyond one’s perceived capacity, one often discovers that, particularly in the synergy of a group workshop, one is carried by the group to a higher level. Additionally, even if one cannot play at the required level, the experience of hearing a piece taught by an expert teacher can lead to insights into the nature of one’s own limitations and how to overcome them. So simply sitting in on and listening to a workshop at a higher level can be a valuable experience.

Vice versa e.g. someone of elementary level, or even people considering themselves as intermediate level, may still benefit from lessons aimed at beginners as they cover basic principles like e.g. good posture, correct breathing and embouchure.

Last but not least, if you are an aspiring shakuhachi teacher the courses will offer an opportunity to gain invaluable insight by seeing experienced teachers and players giving workshop lessons tailored and structured around the different needs of beginners to advanced level students.

Reference descriptions

Beginner. This embraces all players who just picked up the instrument and started to blow to anybody who spend already a short while with the instrument and can produce sound and pitches in otsu more or less stable.

Elementary assumes that the player can obtain kari notes in otsu with reasonable security, is familiar with kan notes, even if still learning to produce them reliably, and has some basic idea of meri notes, even if intonation may be unstable.

Intermediate assumes that the player is secure with kari notes in otsu and kan, and is capable of producing meri notes reliably in both octaves, with reasonably reliable intonation

Advanced assumes that the player has a high degree of proficiency and control in production of meri and kari tones in otsu and kan, and is familiar with dai-kan notes. Intonation is reliable and stable, with good control of shaping and shading of dynamics, timbre and pitch.