Mr. Lee is Back in Town
He started out playing in a rock and roll band. While at RHS he first heard the shakuhachi on an LP record.
His father gifted him a Chinese bamboo flute whose ancestry is shared with the shakuhachi, and taught him an old Chinese folksong on it. Riley's life changed.
After he graduated (RHS'69) Riley left for Japan and began 7-years studying the shakuhachi.
Riley became a shakuhachi master - the first non-Japanese person to achieve that rank.
Riley now calls Australia home.
One Concert Only
Friday, February 21, 2020
World-renowned shakuhachi master Riley Lee and the Sydney-based Enigma Quartet present the Hawaii premier of Five Elements.
A journey through the Australian landscape in a concert inspired by the universal elements of earth, air, water, fire, and ether. The meditative sounds and gestures of the shakuhachi and the rich harmonic palette of the string quartet.
Pre-concert talk with the artists at 6:30 pm
Concert at 7:30 p.m.
Orvis Auditorium - UH - Manoa
2411 Dole Street
Tickets are $45 (general) and $20 (students)
Get 'em on the Honolulu Chamber Music Society website
Click picture to download poster for more information.
Riley comes to Honolulu frequently. Several years ago he performed at the Blue Note and here's some RHS'69 folks visiting him.
He's made over 50 recordings internationally, and performed all over the world.
Riley at the Shingon Shu Hawaii Temple three years ago.