Larry Tyrrell

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Moonbridge recording artist and producer Larry Tyrrell is a composer and an accomplished player of the shakuhachi, the Japanese traditional bamboo flute. He began his studies with Masayuki Koga and later…
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Moonbridge recording artist and producer Larry Tyrrell is a composer and an accomplished player of the shakuhachi, the Japanese traditional bamboo flute. He began his studies with Masayuki Koga and later lived many years in Japan, where he studied with two of the greatest contemporary masters of the shakuhachi, Kohachiro Miyata and Katsuya Yokoyama. Tyrrell studied composition and electronic music with Gordon Mumma at the University of California at Santa Cruz.

Tyrrell was composer-in-residence and a performing member of the Okayama Hogaku Ensemble, which premiered his works in Japan in 1992 and 1993.In 1994, he and Deena Grossman co-founded a record label called Moonbridge to bring the beauty of Japanese music to the United States. His album Floating Clouds showcases Tyrrell as a performer of traditional shakuhachi music and a composer of modern interpretations for the instrument.