On 13. November 2016, Jim Franklin will perform in a memorial concert in the Thomaskirche, Düsseldorf: under the title "Never Forget the Day and You", the concert remembers 30 years since Tschernobyl and 5 years since Fukushima. Franklin will play on shakuhachi the works "Requiem" and "Mei" by Fukushima Kazuo, which are normally performed on transverse flute. Further information may be found here.



Dr Jim Franklin is a master performer of the shakuhachi, as well as a composer.

He studied the shakuhachi with Riley Lee in Sydney, and Furuya Teruo and Yokoyama Katsuya in Tokyo.

In 1996 he received the title "Shihan" (Master) from Yokoyama-sensei. He is one of the few non-Japanese, and the very few residents of Europe, to have received this high title.

He has lived in Germany since 2004, where he teaches and performs the shakuhachi.





Jim Franklin is a qualified teacher of shakuhachi, in the lineage of Yokoyama Katsuya. He offers instruction for beginners and advanced players in various German cities.

Teaching news:

KSK Europe is planning further workshops during 2017. Further information can be found here