Spring Moon Shakuhachi concert on March 21 at Yume Japanese Gardens

Spring Moon Flute Concert

“The shakuhachi – Japan’s traditional bamboo flute – lends an especially haunting note to the melodies played on it, and even more so after dark when a bright moon gleams in the sky.

Paul Amiel, former music director of Tucson’s Rogue Theater, has long been an avid collector and player of ethnic musical instruments, including the shakuhachi. While living in Japan in 2006 and 2007, he studied under Lida Katsutoshi in Nagoya, learning how to play an instrument on which sound is shaped by silence as much as by breath, following a Zen concept of emptiness. Since 2014 he has taught the instrument’s traditional repertoire at the Empty Mountain Shakuhachi Circle in Tucson. He also frequently performs music of the Balkans and the Aegean with his own ensemble, Kyklo.

Celebrate spring’s first night by gathering with Paul beside Yume’s koi pond at 6:30 pm on March 21, and hear him play meditative Zen melodies by the glow of the lingering full moon of the evening before.

To guarantee your space at this limited-seating special event, advance payment of a non-refundable admission fee of $18 is required. You may purchase your ticket in person at our offices at 2130 N. Alvernon Way, Tucson, AZ 85712 or by mail. To buy tickets on line, click on “Events” in the menu bar at the top of any page in our website. In the drop-down menu that then opens click on “Buy Tickets” and follow the purchasing instructions.

If you must later cancel your reservation, notify us as soon as possible, so that we may accommodate others who wish to attend.

Please park for the concert either in the lot behind our main gate on North Alvernon Way, or on East Justin Lane, one half block south of Yume, being careful not to block our neighbors’ driveways. Note that non-resident curbside parking is NOT permitted on East Hampton Place, on the north side of the Gardens.”


Old Pueblo Poems haiku hike on March 21 at Jacome Plaza in downtown Tucson

MARCH 21 @ 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM


“Join Tucson’s Poet Laureate, TC Tolbert and Mayor, Jonathan Rothschild for a Haiku Hike to recognize the winning poets and their haiku on Thursday, March 21st at 5PM. Festivities begin at Jácome Plaza (101 N. Stone Ave.) with a live performance by Odaiko Sonora, Japanese Ensemble Drumming. We will proceed to each haiku (20 total winners) displayed on acrylic signage along Congress Street and Stone Avenue, where the poet will read their haiku aloud. 

These haiku will be displayed for the public throughout the Spring season!”

Shakuhachi workshops by Alcvin Ryuzen Ramos at Solar Culture on March 13 & 14

How to Tame a Dragon:
A Workshop on Shakuhachi Fundamentals

“Renowned shakuhachi teacher and maker, Alcvin Ryuzen Ramos will be conducting a workshop on the fundamentals of playing the shakuhachi
\flute. He will teach powerful and useful techniques to improve your
shakuhachi playing and broaden and deepen your enjoyment of the

Solar Culture
31 East Toole, Tucson

March 13/14
12 noon – 4 pm

How much:
$100 per person per day
(space rental will be equally divided between all participants)

What to bring:
Please bring your shakuhachi, note pad, or any recording device.

For more information about Alcvin and his work, please go to his

website: www.bamboo-in.ca
Alcvin Ryuzen Ramos is one of the foremost teachers, performers and

makers of shakuhachi in North America. Since 1998, he has been involved in his community, teaching shakuhachi and collaborating with local
artists and travels internationally, presenting solo and collaboration
concerts. With an intimate knowledge of the koten honkyoku
(traditional solo Zen-inspired pieces) and the structure of the flute,
Alcvin makes finely crafted shakuhachi flutes for meditation and musicalplaying. Every few years, he takes shakuhachi students to Japan to learn how to harvest bamboo for making shakuhachi and to visit sacred places around the country in order to deepen their understanding of the
Alcvin presently lives on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia, where he is the director of the Bamboo-In, a retreat center dedicated to the
practice of shakuhachi. “