In June and July 2023, Jim Franklin will be in Germany. He will be offering various concerts and workshops, which are listed under 'Events'.

Of especial interest is a workshop which he is offering together with Riley Lee in Stuttgart, 07-09.07.2023. Detailed information can be found here.

YouTube-Channel von Jim Franklin

Jim Franklin has established his own YouTube-Channel. This channel presents mainly his new compositions for shakuhachi, especially with live electronics, although some earlier and classical pieces can be heard there.

The channel can be found here. ( @Jim_Franklin_Shakuhachi_Modern/videos

Recent CDs by Jim Franklin

'Trees, Stones, Water, Sand', an Ambient/World Music album by Michael Atherton, Jon Drummond, Jim Franklin and Tony Wheeler, für diverse instruments, including shakuhachi, was released in January 2021. This album is only available in download and streaming formats, and can be purchased at BandCamp.

'Songs from the Lake', the long-anticipated CD by Jim Franklin for shakuhachi and live electronics, was released on December 4, 2020. The CD can be ordered from NEOS Music.

Concert videos

Jim Franklin, Hiroko Sugino, 24. 11. 2018

On 24. 11. 2018, Jim Franklin and Hiroko Sugino performed a (non-classical) concert at the Theremin Academy Lippstadt 2018: shakuhachi * 2, live electronics * 2 und theremin * 1 (2 musicians). A complete video recording of the concert can be found here (

Jim Franklin, Karen Schlimp, Margarete Wenzel, 20. 01. 2019

On 20. 01. 2019, a recitation-concert, 'Der Meister der Teezeremonie' ('The Tea Ceremony Master') was performed in the Tae Kwon Do Studio Wolfmayr in Linz (Austria) by Jim Franklin (shakuhachi), Karen Schlimp (prepared piano) and Margarete Wenzel (narrator). The text is in German. A complete video recording of the concert can 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.

In 2018 he was Programme Director of the World Shakuhachi Festival in London.

He lived in Germany from 2004 to 2021, emigrating to Japan on April 2021.





Jim Franklin is a qualified teacher of shakuhachi, in the lineage of Yokoyama Katsuya. He offers online instruction for beginners and advanced players. Face-to-face lessons are also available in Japan (dependent upon COVID19-restrictions).

Teaching news:

KSK Europe is now planning further workshops during 2023 and beyond, as the COVID19 situation improves. Further information can be found here