Wednesday May 17th, 2017 Mikey

Beyond Ocean & Mountains: Prolific Japanese Flute Master John Kaizan Neptune Performs in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES, CA (May 18th, 2017) — Japanese “shakuhachi” flute master, prolific jazz musician and subject of a new documentary, John “Kaizan” Neptune will be performing in Los Angeles at bluewhale in Little Tokyo on June 5, 2017, hosted by The Japan Foundation.


John Kaizan will be performing his greatest hits that span decades and transcend any one genre of music. Set at the intimate and acclaimed Bluewhale, the audience will have a rare opportunity to listen to a man who is both a focused master of the ancient art of shakuhachi and a laid-back surfer – no doubt from his California roots. Join him on a journey through his career and story as a surfer, musician, composer, instrument maker and now subject of a documentary, “Kaizan: Rhythm and Bamboo,” directed by his son.


A California-born native, John Kaizan has climbed the ranks of Japan’s traditional and new age music scene and has been recognized by the Japanese Agency for Cultural Affairs with Outstanding Album of the Year for his album BAMBOO. As part of achieving a degree of mastery at the Tozan School of Shakuhachi in Japan, Neptune was given the name, “Kaizan,” meaning “ocean mountain.” He was among some of the first foreign shakuhachi players to receive such acclaim. He currently resides in Japan where he continues to craft instruments and compose while performing across the world, most recently in India.   


  • Tickets can be purchased at the door for $10.00. bluewhale is located at 123 Astronaut E S Onizuka St #301, Los Angeles, CA 90012 (3rd floor of Weller Court)
  • For more information on the documentary “Kaizan: Rhythm and Bamboo,” please visit:
  • The Japan Foundation will also be hosting a Bamboo Music Instrument Making Workshop for Kids taught by John Kaizan Neptune on Sunday, June 4 at 3:00pm. For more information, please visit:

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