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Japanese Cultural Day event – Traditional Koto & Shakuhachi peformance

Takako Nishibori and I are booked to play at the above event at the Japanese Gardens in the Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-tha on Sun 22 Aug 2021 from 9:30am to 10:30am.

Naturally it is subject to Covid 19 protocols, and could be cancelled at short notice.  Please check the Brisbane City Council website closer to the date at:


This event at the Gardens has now been cancelled.

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More information will be available in the very near future. If you would like more information please contact Carl: 0404 89 89 47

Japanese Cultural Performances Day

Friday, 16th August 2019, 11:00-16:00

Queen Street Mall Main Stage

I will be playing twice during this period.  From 1-2pm I will be support Master Kojima, our great resident calligrapher.  I will provide background music as he produces his beautiful kanji.

I will then play solo shakuhachi from 2.15-2.40pm.  This will be a mixture of Chikuho and Yokoyama lineage honkyoku.

Masterclass and Concert with Kakizakai Kaoru Sensei


Indooroopilly Uniting Church

74 Station Road, Indooroopilly

Saturday, 26th January – Australia Day
3:00-4:30:  Masterclass
4:30-5:00:  Break for refreshments
5:00 -6:30:  Concert

The Masterclass is open to all.  Shakuhachi players of all levels will benefit enormously from attending the Masterclass. Five students have been given the chance to play and receive feedback from Kakizakai sensei.   Each student will play for about 5 minutes, and then, Kakizakai sensei will have about 10 minutes to provide feedback, advice and so on.

Concert only:  $20
Masterclass and Concert (audience only):  $30
Masterclass and concert (playing in Masterclass):  $40

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Gala Evening of Instrumental Music
Saturday, 2nd June 2018 6:00 pm onwards
The Indooroopilly Senior Citizens’ Club Community Hall
The Keating Park Precinct
60, Stamford Road, Indooroopilly Qld 4068
We all thank Shri Ramakrishna Choudhuryji, who has made this arrangement possible.
The order of performance and approx allocated time is as below:
Anjuha Ketheeswaran Sitar 25 minutes
Darshil Shah Bansuri 25 minutes
Asvin Narayanan and Praveen Pyla Violin Duo 25 minutes
Dr Carl Rathus Shakuhachi (Japanese Flute) 25 minutes
Shrabani Choudhury Sitar 45 minutes

Kisaragi Sai

Saturday, 24th February from 5pm at Roma Street Parkland

I’ll be accompanying an aikido demonstration from 5.50pm to 6pm, and also a cultural show of ikebana, kimono dressing and tea ceremony from 7pm to about 7.30pm.

Other performances include taiko and various forms of Japanese dance.

More information will be available at the  Brisbane City Council website.

Past Performances


The Australian Shakuhachi Society is holding the Australian Shakuhachi Festival from 25 -28 January in Melbourne this year.  Our favourite three Japanese teachers will be there as well as four Australian teachers, including me.

More information, registration forms, etc can be found at: http://www.shakuhachi.org.au/

Japanese Cultural Performances

This is part of Japan Week, organised by the Japanese Consulate. At this stage I have a slot of 10-15 minutes at 1pm. Takako Nishibori (koto) and others will perform for about 30 minutes from noon, and the taiko group, Tkoko-Ton, will perform from about 1.30pm. These times are subect to change. I’ll post any changes.

Workshop and concert with Kakizakai Kaoru Sensei

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Indooroopilly Uniting Church
74 Station Road, Indooroopilly

Saturday, 23 September

Workshop: 2 – 5pm
Concert : 7:30 – 9:00pm

Suggested donation:
Workshop only: $80
Concert only: $25
Workshop & Concert: $95

Parking: Onsite
(entrance off Musgrave Rd);
Street parking on Musgrave Road;
Indooroopilly Shopping Town
(first 3 hours free)

Contact: Carl Rathus 3379-7859

Koto and Shakuhachi students concert 2017

Carl Rathus Shakuhachi school and Takako Nishibori koto school host their annual students concert at Brisbane’s iconic place, St John’s cathedral. $5 entree at the door. No booking needed.

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Sunday, 5 February 2017| 11am – 3pm

Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha

Shakuhachi and koto musicians @ BrisAsia

The Japanese Garden will fill with the sounds of Shakuhachi, Japanese end-blown flute and Koto, a Japanese stringed instrument in an interactive concert, as musicians perform and provide the cultural background to the music played and their instruments.

Location: Japanese Garden

This is Takako Nishibori on koto and me on shakuhachi.  We are part of Garden Vibes.  The complete program, all at the Japanese Gardens is:

11am-12 noon: Shakuhachi & Koto
12 noon-1pm: Kamishibai storytelling and kite making
1-2pm: Shakuhachi & Koto
2-3pm: BrisAsia Strings and Kamishibai storytelling and kite making
So we are on at 11am and 1pm.

The other event doesn’t include me, as I’ll be in Tasmania, but there will be music and other activities.

Saturday, 11 February, 2017 | 3 – 8:30pm

Roma Street Parkland

Kisaragi-Sai @ BrisAsia Festival

Journey into Japan at Kisaragi-Sai in Roma Street Parkland. Celebrating the many facets of Japanese culture and society, Kisaragi-Sai features traditional food stalls and activities including music and dance, contemporary street performers, bonsai demonstrations and Aikido, as well as origami workshops, an ikebana display and Kamishibai storytelling with Ellie the Eastern Curlew.

Kisaragi-Sai will conclude with Brisbane Asia Pacific Film Festival screening Your Name in the amphitheatre at sundown.

More information on BrisAsia at:


Japanese Day 14 August

At Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-tha (Bandstand) from 1-3pm. I have a short spot accompanying the aikido group, as I did last year. The schedule I have so far is:

12:30 – 1pm    Recorded Japanese music playing at bandstand.

Dance/roving performance by Megan White

1pm-1:20pm   Sakura Dance Group

1:20-1:30pm   Recorded Japanese music, roving performance by Megan White

1:30 – 1:40pm Carl Rathus and Aikido Demonstration   (Carl on stage, Aikido performance in front of stage)

1:40 – 1:50pm  Recorded Japanese music, roving performance by Megan White

1:50 – 2:10pm  Sakura Dance Group

2:10 – 2:20pm  Carl Rathus and Aikido Demonstration

2:20-2:30pm    Recorded Japanese music, roving performance by Megan White

2:30 – 3pm       Toko Ton

Takako’s Student Concert

This event is Takako’s student concert in the beautiful St John’s Cathedral. The first half of the program will be Takako’s students, accompanied sometimes by me. The second half will be Takako and Ikuko on various koto and me in various shakuhachis, Laurie and me for Shika no Tone, and the grand finale with almost everyone.

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Kumamoto Charity Festival

I’ll be playing at the Kumamoto charity festival sometime between 10 and 11am. The plan at the moment is to alternate shakuhachi and koto solos with Takako.

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Kakehashi Tohoku Memorial Concert

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Kisaragi-Sai update

I’m playing solo from 12.50-1.05 on Celebration Lawn, and supporting aikido at the Amphitheatre from 1.45-2.00.

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I’ll be playing at the Kumamoto charity festival sometime between 10 and 11am. The plan at the moment is to alternate shakuhachi and koto solos with Takako.

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BrisAsia Festival 2016 Kisaragi-Sai

Kisaragi-Sai @ BrisAsia Festival
When: Sunday, February 28, 2016, 12 – 6pm

Cost: Free
Venue: Roma Street Parkland

More information at:


Shakuhachi and koto with Carl Rathus and Takako Nishibori
When: Sunday, February 7, 2016, 11am – 12pm

Cost: Free
Bookings: No bookings required.
Venue: Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-tha

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Koto and Shakuhachi Concert
of Japanese Music
(a JCC event)
֎ Indooroopilly Library Meeting Room
(after hours entry from car park)
֎ Friday November 13th
֎ 7:30 pm – suggested $10 donation
Carl and Takako have both been playing traditional Japanese music for over 30 years.
Fresh from performing at the Masters concert of the Australian Shakuhachi Festival, and at Utamono at BEMAC, they are ready to entertain and beguile with duets and solos from the ancient to modern originals.
Two of Carl’s senior students, fine musicians in their own right, Laurie Gaffney and Chris Golles, will also perform with Carl.
Come and join us for an evening of unforgettable music

or contact us via our websites.

Australian Shakuhachi Festival 2015 at Redlands 2-5 October

ASF2015 is just around the corner.  Our 3 favourite Japanese teachers are coming to teach and perform, as well as Christopher Blesdel, long term resident in Japan.  The usual suspects from Australia will also be there.  The Masters concert on Saturday will be a highlight.

Registration at ASS website: http://www.shakuhachi.org.au/

Masters concet tickets at Redlands Performing Arts Centre: http://www.rpac.com.au

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Singout Sista-
– Voices of Japan
Date: Friday 9th October 2015
Venue: Auditorium, Queensland Multicultural Centre
Lvl 1, 102 Main Street
Performance: 7:30pm – 9:30pm
$20 for ticket.

1. Takako Nishibori- koto and bass koto
2. Carl Rathus- Shakuhachi
3. Junko Thomson- Japanese Nichibu (dance)
4. Phill Wilson- guitar, bass koto and piano
5. Momo Hamada- Vocal, piano, and uke

More information and tickets at BEMAC: http://bemac.org.au/events/singout-sista-utamono-%E5%92%8C%E5%A3%B0%E3%82%82%E3%81%AE-voices-of-japan/

First information on ASF2015
Click on the red link or the thumb nail of the poster below for more information about the upcoming Shakuhachi Festival
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