Howdy ya’ll! / ハウディ!

Welcome to the World Shakuhachi Festival Texas 2025! The shakuhachi bamboo flute of Japan has become a much-loved and ubiquitous fixture in the world music scene over the last several decades. From its traditional origins as plaintive Zen meditative tones or lively Edo period ensemble music, the shakuhachi has spread throughout the world and proved to be an extremely versatile instrument, utilized in a diverse range of genres such as jazz, contemporary music, cross-cultural fusion, improvisation, video games, rock, and pop, among others.

From April 17~20, 2025, the School of Performance, Visualization, and Fine Arts at Texas A&M University (College Station, Texas) will host the eight incarnation of this international gathering. The World Shakuhachi Festival Texas 2025 (WSF 2025) will feature a diverse range of these genres in concerts, workshops, lectures, exhibitions, masterclasses, and informal gatherings. Participants can learn from and experience the artistry of the most consummate shakuhachi artists in the world and be inspired by the endless possibilities inherent in this simple bamboo flute.



WSF 2025 is the eighth major international shakuhachi festival to be held since the original 1994 WSF convened in Bisei, Okayama Prefecture, Japan. Subsequent festivals have been held in Boulder, Tokyo, New York, Sydney, Kyoto and London. Holding the festival in the heartland of Texas acknowledges and celebrates the fact that North America is a firmly established territory for the shakuhachi with substantial representation of various schools, styles, and approaches to the instrument and its repertoire.


Please take a moment to look over the list of invited guest artists. No matter your ability level or stylistic preferences, WSF 2025 will offer something for all shakuhachi players. The festival will also feature noted shamisen and koto players, as well as noted local performers of various Western orchestral instruments, making it a truly once-in-a-lifetime event.


The festival will present four main stage concerts: a gala concert at the world-famous Festival Hill performance space in the historic town of Round Top and three concerts in Rudder Theater on the campus of Texas A&M University. Each day of the festival will feature numerous mini-concerts, workshops, and masterclasses and there will also be performance opportunities at open mic slots and informal sessions. For detailed information, please refer to the festival schedule, which will be frequently updated.

With fields awash in bluebonnets and temperate weather, spring in Texas is a perfect time to hold the World Shakuhachi Festival. We hope to see ya’ll there!

World Shakuhachi Festival Texas 2025 Planning Committee