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"The shakuhachi is my teacher, but I chose the bass clarinet" - An interview.
Playing a Duet with Silence
Photo: Ine van den Broek Amsterdam, Sat, 12. Jul 2008In the spring issue of magazine 'Vorm&Leegte' Angeline van Doveren-Kersten interviews Frans Moussault on how he became fascinated by Zen music.

"On the CD 'Oceanchild' there is a curious combination of instruments: a western bass clarinet and a Japanese shakuhachi. At first I was afraid that it would be something like New Age music that with its suggestive sound searches after silence instead of encompassing it with the music itself," writes Angeline van Doveren-Kersten in the spring issue 2008 of the magazine Vorm&Leegte. "But fortunately I was wrong: Already with the first notes the subtle and well-balanced playing of bass clarinettist Muso and shakuhachi player Ray Jin reveals their professional and artistic integrity. In his compositions Muso engages in a courageous dialogue with silence.

In an interview Muso told me: 'In the year 2000 I was in Japan where I studied shakuhachi with Ray Jin's father. I then saw a lot of Zen art, temples and calligraphy, the simplicity of which made a profound impression on me. A single stroke, a single note can make an enormous spiritual opening. Back in Amsterdam I followed a Zen course. [...] For me, making music is meditation. Like playing the flute within Zen tradition is practised as 'sui-zen' (blowing Zen), so I 'sui-zen' on my bass clarinet. [...] My music does not 'develop' itself, something fellow musicians sometimes complain of. My music is not made to fulfill wishes: It simply is what it is.'

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