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Renkei Hasimoto plays traditional religious music from the Komuso, which has been passed on since the 14th century. Komuso were Japanese zen monks who devoted themselves completely to playing the Shakuhachi, a bamboo-flute which is played for meditation and supposed to help with breathing practice.
Renkei Hashimoto Sensei started her music career with vocal studies in Japan and as a scholar at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Munich. At the Richard-Strauss-Conservatory and with the guidance of Michael Schopper she specialised in early music and gave concerts until 1993. In 1995 Renkei Hashimoto discovered her passion for the sound of the Japanese bamboo-flute and practiced Fuke-Zen-Shakuhachi according to the teaching of the Itchoken monastery and Master ikkei Hanada and Grandmaster Iso Genjo Osho.
In 2008 she received the Master title (Kaiden) and has been using her Komuso-Shakuhachi practicing community since then, to follow the tradition of her teachers. She is currently giving concerts and offering shakuhachi-lessons in Munich, Augsburg, Nürnberg and Beuerberg. The name of her practicing community »Daijifu« (wind of the great compassion) is also the programme of her concerts. Every piece, whether it is »Eko« (requiem), »Shinseki« (trail of truth), Oborozuki (veiled moon) or »Reibo« (longing for the sound of the small bell of Zen-Master Fuke) is concerned with expressing the Zen-spirit of showing great compassion and love towards all beings through the sound of the bamboo-flute.