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●Konominofue (acorn flute)
This flute is approximately 3cm in height and has 3 holes, one for air flow and two for pitch changes. Although few notes can be played on this flute, there are a variety of sounds that can be produced. Sounds from the Konominofue can somtimes to entice birds to join in while being played and more complex skillful tones may create a sense of interconnection and transcendence within the performer and those around.
This is one of Kazumi's favorite flutes to perform with, especially in temples or shrines while performing "Hounou Ensou", a special type of performance where the musician plays more for the gods of the shrine/temple, rather than for the audience. When Kazumi plays the konominofue in the wilderness, the nature around her seems to actively participate with the music she is creating. During her concerts, Kazumi prefers to begin by performing with this flute as a greeting to the audience.
Listen to the sounds of the Konominofue in "Soraoto" from the Manyouka CD.
●Concert Flute
There are four different kinds of flutes: concert flute, alto flute, bass flute and piccolo. Kazumi performs with the concert flute and the alto flute. These flutes have a range of three octaves. They can be made from various materials such as gold, silver and platinum. Kazumi prefers to use flutes made from gold or silver. She mainly teaches the concert flute in the classes she offers.
Listen to the sounds of the concert flute in "Arigatou" and "Manyou" from the Manyouka CD.
●Shinobue
This is a Japanese style flute made from bamboo, and will have either six or seven holes. Kazumi usually plays the seven holed shinobue. This flute is well suited for expressing the atmosphere and imagery of Japan, mainly due to it's soft tones. The tones from one note to the next also tend to blur, one of the many charms of the shinobue. Depending on the length and wall thickness of the shinobue body as well as the number of holes and their size/placement, there are a variety of tones/scales that can be produced. However standard sizes of shinobue can range from #1 pon-choshi to #11 pon-choshi.
Listen to the sounds of the shinobue in "Kaguya" and "Hagoromo", from the Manyouka CD.
●能管
This is a traditional bamboo flute used mainly in Noh and Kabuki performances. The notes on the scale of this flute are purposely made out of soot bamboo. Because of this, the flute is easily able to produce eerily ghost-like melodies. Kazumi uses this flute to express feelings and create an atmosphere for the audience. She believes the strong and powerful sounds created with the Noukan ale able to quickly vibrate out into the universe. Listen to the sounds of the Noukan in "Kagome Kagome" off of the Manyouka cd.
●Kokorobue
In 2010, Kazumi, with potter San Ooizumi, designed the kokorobue using the Konominofue (acorn flute) as a model. Since the sounds produced by the flute are not set to a particular musical scale, not only does it give the performer a certain freedom when playing, it allows one to freely express their emotions. And due to these features, anyone will be able to play this flute easily. Kazumi often uses the kokorobue as a means of meditation with her students in classes. Because kokorobue is handmade, each flute has its own unique sound. However, when playing in a group setting, the different sounds blend together in a lovely harmony.
●Bamboo Recorder
Made from bamboo grown in Nagano Japan, this flute was modeled after the Native American flute. The body is made from bamboo instead of wood, has five holes instead of the usual six. The combination of the North American Native design, and Japanese bamboo make for a soft yet crisp sound that has become a unique feature of this flute. When playing the bamboo recorder, Kazumi feels a sense of vastness, not unlike the plains of Arizona, as the wind blows across the land and rushes against the cliffs that seem to rise from nowhere. Listen to the sounds of the Bamboo recorder in "Kokoperi" from the Manyouka CD.
●Native American Flute
This particular flute comes from the Apache tribes that roamed what is now the south western United States. The body is made from American cedar. The sound from this flute creates an essence of watching fairies fluttering around you, the feel of a calm wind, or watching soft clouds lazily pass across a bright blue sky.



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