Phil Nyokai James Benefit Concert on May 21st

April 16, 2010


On Friday May 21st, 8pm, there will be a special benefit event for Phil Nyokai James, who recently suffered a major stroke. There will be refreshments and live performances by artists who know Nyokai, including:

ELIZABETH REIAN BENNETT is the first woman to be certified a Grand Master of the shakuhachi and one of only a handful of western players trained in traditional Japanese music. She has studied and performed with Living National Treasure Aoki Reibo, recognized as Japan’s foremost shakuhachi instrumentalist, for 30 years, and teaches in the World Music program at Tufts University.

JENNIFER HICKS– a solo movement piece with recorded piano music performed by Phil in 2009.
PETER BLOOM– an unaccompanied alto-flute version of the Bach Chaconne (BWV 1004)
MATT SAMOLIS– a piece for flute & guitar written by Phil James
RYOANJI– A graphic score by John Cage for two flutes, two voices, and percussion obligatto. With Noell Dorsey & Liz Tonne, voices/ Peter Bloom & Matt Samolis, flutes/ Curt Newton, percussion

…and more! Check back for updates as performers are confirmed.

TRIO FLUTE CD Recorded in August 2009 at Church of the Advent is off to press, and will be available soon online and at the benefit. Features solos, duos, and trios by Phil Nyokai, Peter Bloom, and Matt Samolis!

Phil’s wife, Lara, has been keeping a heartwarming and inspiring blog of their life since the stroke:

Directions to the benefit:



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One Comment on “Phil Nyokai James Benefit Concert on May 21st”

  1. Monty Levenson Says:


    Thanks for you efforts on behalf of Phil & Lara. The concert sounds really special. Will do my best to spread the word amongst shakuhachi folks.

    As you know, I’ve set up a special sale to benefit Phil & Lara. It is prominently linked on my web site.

    Let me know if there is anything else I can do to help out.

    Thanks again for doing this.



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