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Monty H. Levenson

Instrument/Discipline: Shakuhachi maker
Professional Name (芸名): Tai Hei Shakuhachi (Hanko: Ku Setsu)

Home Address: PO Box 294, Willits, CA 95490
Home Phone: 707-459-3402

Do you teach? No

Do you perform? No

Additional information:

Monty H. Levenson makes shakuhachi (Tai Hei Shakuhachi) and maintains workshops at his home in the hills of Mendocino County, California as well as in Japan in the small farming village of Kitagawa (Tokushima Prefecture) on Shikoku Island. Monty has been making shakuhachi continuously since 1970 and has produced over 7,500 instruments to date.

In 1984, Monty developed the precision cast bore technology which enabled him to create affordable, high-quality shakuhachi made of bamboo. Tai Hei Shakuhachi are now being used by traditional teachers in Japan for their students and professional musicians worldwide as their personal instruments. 

Monty Levenson has collaborated extensively with many prominent players and craftsmen. In 2004, Tai Hei Shakuhachi Publishing was officially launched with the aim of preserving and expanding access to information outside of Japan on shakuhachi craft work and the honkyoku tradition. Several books, CDs and videos are currently available.