Yodo Kurahashi performs the traditional shakuhachi flute music of Japan, often appearing with koto and shamisen, the Japanese string instruments, playing classical repertoire from the Edo and Meiji periods of Japan. This is the 'Art' music that emerged during a long perod of relative calm in Japan from 1603 to 1868.
As a soloist, his powerful performance singlehandedly commands the full attention of an audience for a full-length concert. He takes them deeply into the zen music of old Japan with an authority that is profoundly moving and enthralling.
In addition he has become known as a pioneer of new musical forms, collaborating with unusual instrumental ensembles, including instruments such as the Pipa, a traditional lute from China.
1949: Born Kyoto. and studied shakuhachi since childhood under Yodo Kurahashi (father), founder of the Mujuan Shakuhachi School; later under Homei Matsumura of Nara.
1976: First recital Osaka; received the Osaka Cultural Festival Award.
1980: Became the second director of the Mujuan Shakuhachi School.
1981: Recital in New York, USA.
1982: Premiere of Hiten (A Flying Maiden) for Shakuhachi and Brass composed by Tetsunosuke Kushida, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
1983: Performed in Wuxi, China.
1984: Premiere of Figuration for Shakuhachi and Brass composed by Tetsunosuke Kushida, Kyoto.
1986: Lectures in Tel-Aviv Univ., Hebrew Univ. and Bar-Ilan Univ., and recitals in Jerusalem and Haifa, Israel.
1987: Performed in Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore.
1989: Inaugurated as the director of the Kyoto Sankyoku Association(-2000). Performed in Queens College, Columbia Univ., Wesleyan Univ., Harvard Univ., Princeton Univ., Pennsylvania Univ. and Maryland Univ., USA
1990: Inaugurated as the director of the Kyoto Hogaku Group.
1992: Performed in Beijing and Shanghai, China.
1994: Performed in Queens College and Harvard Univ., USA.
1995: Performed in Queens College and Wesleyan Univ., USA. Began annual shakuhachi intensive class in New York, Boston, Mass. and Boulder, Colorado, USA.
1996: Premiere of Sugihara for Shakuhachi and Orchestra composed by Meir Mindel, Tel-Aviv, Israel.
1997: Premiere of Bamboo Princess composed by Randall Snyder, Lincoln, Nebraska, USA.
1998: Premiere of Fantasy for Kaguya-Hime composed by Hifumi Shimoyama, Carnegie Hall, New York, USA.
1999: Received the Kyoto City Art/Culture Association Award. Began annual shakuhachi intensive class in San Francisco, USA. Released CD Kyoto Spirit. New Age Magazine(USA) named Kyoto Spirit the "Best World Music CD of the year 1999."
2000: Began annual shakuhachi intensive class in Dallas, USA. Formed a trio WYT with a pipa player Wu Man and cellist Andor Toth. First WYT recital: Chicago, USA. Performed in Canada with a pipa player Liu Fang and cellist Yegor Dyashkov.
2001: Released CD Autumn Dusk with a pipa player Wu Man. Began annual shakuhachi intensive class in Montreal, Canada.