James Nyoraku Schlefer
Photo: Nicole Goodhue Boyd

Photo: Nicole Goodhue Boyd

The Timeless Sound of an Ancient Instrument

Grand Master James Nyoraku Schlefer is a virtuoso performer of traditional and contemporary shakuhachi music, an esteemed teacher in the Kinko school, and a ground-breaking composer. Honored by Musical America International as one of their “30 Top Professionals and Influencers,” Nyoraku Sensei’s efforts promote and sustain traditional shakuhachi music through performances, lecture/demonstrations, residencies, and concert programming. His original compositions forge new ground with contemporary works for both Japanese and Western instruments and ensembles.


National Endowment for the Arts Interview

Musical America Worldwide’s 30 Influencers

“Performed with sombre intensity”—NY Times

“Unexpectedly groovy”—NY Times

“America’s Finest Shakuhachi Player.”—Concertonet.com

“A fusion of Eastern traditional ensemble and Western string quartet, Dream Corner is among the most convincing, integrated, and musical fusions of the two ensembles and philosophies.”—KCMetropolis