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New solo CD by Bruno Deschênes
Released on October 12, 2017
Available on:, Amazon MP3,

Bruno Deschênes released a new solo CD on shakuhachi. It is available on, Amazon MP3 and The CD offers 10 pieces, 6 from different Japanese repertoires, while the 4 other are his own original pieces. One is solo, two are in duo and the last one is in trio.

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YamabikoThe Matsu Take Ensemble CD
Released by ARC Music, U.K.

The 2016 CD of the Matsu Take Ensemble, Yamabiko, will be released internationally by the label ARC Music from U.K., on June 30, 2017.

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New book by Bruno Deschênes on the shakuhachi

Le shakuhachi japonais, Une tradition réinventée, Éditions L'Harmattan, Paris

Bruno Deschênes has published a book in French on the shakuhachi. This book is the first in French entirely dedicated to the shakuhachi. Although ethnomusicological, it has been written from the point of the musician, looking in particular at how that musical instrument has been reinvented for our modern era.

It is available at the following Web site (in French):

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Concert by Michel Dubeau and Bruno Deschênes in Vancouver
They received their shihan

On Saturday 27, 2016, Michel Dubeau and Bruno Deschênes gave a concert alongside Alcvin Ryuzen Ramos in Sechelt, a small town north of Vancouver. For the occasion, Alcvin Ruyzen Ramos awarded to both of them their shihan, their master title in shakuhachi.

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Michel Dubeau and Bruno Deschênes attend a shakuhachi making workshop in Vancouver

Following up on their trip to Japan in November of 2015, Michel Dubeau and Bruno Deschênes attended on August 27 and 28 a shakuhachi making workshop with Alcvin Ruyzen Ramos, so they could make their own shakuhachi. Their understanding of honkyoku and shakuhachi was greatly deepened by learning how to make with one's hand such a beautiful flute.

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Dans nos Laurentides Web site, critic of October 26, 2013 concert by the Matsu Take Ensemble. (In French only.)


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Le Devoir newspaper, Montréal, October 25, 2013.
Critic of Nagaré by Bruno Deschênes


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September 2013. Bruno Deschênes releases his first solo CD on the shakuhachi

Bruno Deschênes has released in September 2013 a first solo CD on shakuhachi. He presents pieces from the honkyoku repertoire, the repertoire solo for shakuhachi. He presents also an original piece he wrote in the spirit of the meditative pieces, as well as an arrangement for 2 shakuhachi of one of the most beautiful piece for shakuhachi: Tsuru no sugomori, Nesting Cranes. This piece is traditionnally performed solo. Bruno Deschênes performs both parts.

This CD is available on,, and

You can also hear it all on or

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Bruno Deschênes publishes an article on the Internet

In the last issue of Canadian Folk Music, vol., no. 4 (2013), you can read an article by Bruno Deschênes on the learning of the shakuhachi. The article is in French.

Please, visit the following link to read it:

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The Matsu Take Ensemble on the Web

Come and hear us at the following Web sites:

CBC Radio

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The Matsu Take Ensemble launch its first CD
on March 12, 2007, in Montréal
oduced by Québec label

On March 2007, the Matsu Take Ensemble will launch its first CD. You will hear on this CD, titled The Mysterious Sound of the Wind in the Bamboo, Michel Dubeau and Bruno Deschênes on shakuhachi. They present shakuhachi solos and duets. They are accompagnied by Kayo Yasuhara on taiko (a Japanese drum) in 2 Japanese folk songs. Emiko Toguchi presents an improvisation on koto with Michel Dubeau playing the shinobue, a small Japanese bamboo transverse flute. You will hear folk songs, classical pieces, original pices by Michel Dubeau and Bruno Deschênes. Most of the duets are arrangement by Bruno Deschênes.

You can buy the CD by visiting the following web site:

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Critics of our CD, in Montreal's Le Devoir, Friday, March 30, 2007
by Yves Bernard

Critique Le DevoirHere is a first critics of our CD by Montreal's Le Devoir critic yves Bernard, published Friday, March 30, 2007.


Unfortunately, it is only in French.










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