March 10, 2018 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
1840 Sutter St
San Francisco, CA 94115
$35 JCCCNC Members, $40 General Public
Matt Okada, Director of Programs

Bamboo Flute Making Workshop
With Michael Kanner
Saturday, March 10, 2018
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
$35 for JCCCNC Members, $40 for General Public

Adults and children alike will enjoy making a real, playable transverse flute from bamboo at this hands-on flute making workshop for all ages! Workshop includes all materials as well as a special presentation on different types of flutes from cultures from all around the world by flute maker Michael Kanner!


For more information on Michael Kanner’s bamboo flutes, watch his video on YouTube:

About Michael Kanner: Michael has been making and playing bamboo flutes for over 40 years. As a programmer (DJ) of World Music on KUSF 88.9 FM for 30 years, he learned about bamboo flutes from around the world. Michael became interested in the cultural significance history and sounds of the flutes. Michael furthered his curiosity by studying the making of shakuhachi (Japanese vertical flute) with Monty Levenson, who now makes shakuhachi for master musicians in the U.S. and in Japan. He has given workshops with Paul Horn and Al Huang at Esalen Institute in Big Sur,Ca. He is a Spectra artist with the Cultural Council in Santa Cruz County and teaches flute making to children in the schools as well as craft fairs and libraries in Hawaii and the U.S.

After learning the process of making bamboo flutes, Michael became enthralled and wanted to learn to play traditional Japanese flute music and then studied with Masayuki Koga, a Master teacher of the Kinko Ryu tradition for two years.

Michael then started to make all styles of bamboo flutes to sell at craft fairs. He would bring his tools and bamboo to make the flutes on site so thate they would be visible to all who walked by. Michael noticed that children were very curious and created a safe way that they could make their own properly tuned flute with his guidance. Flute making has become a very special way for Michael to share and witness their joy, patience, friendship and gratitude for their accomplishment.