Bamboo and breath combine in an ancient tradition -- 
                               timeless music resonating in today’s world.….

Nora Nohraku Suggs
Japanese Bamboo Flute
Performances and teaching


NORA NOHRAKU SUGGS studies shakuhachi with Dai-Shihan James Nyoraku Schlefer in NYC, and received her Jun-shihan shakuhachi accreditation from his New York City Kyo-Shin-An dojo,

and her Shihan licensure in NYC and from Dai-Shihan Kurahashi Yodo II, Kyoto, Japan.


Dr. Suggs plays both shakuhachi and Western flute, and is a graduate of Houston’s Rice University and Baylor College of Medicine, with extensive private education in music and degrees in biology, English literature, medicine, and surgery. She has played in England, Italy, Canada, Japan, Alaska, and throughout the continental United States; and is now active as a teacher, recitalist, and chamber musician in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley, teaching and performing on both shakuhachi and flute. Dr. Suggs is the flutist and Artistic Director of the Pennsylvania-based chamber music ensemble SATORI, and also performs and records with the Fairfield Duo, a duo of classical guitar and flute. She is on the music faculty at Bethlehem’s Moravian College, teaches a large private studio, and coaches flute ensembles and chamber music at the Community Music School of the Lehigh Valley.  She has recorded one album of traditional shakuhachi music, Blue Bamboo, and is currently at work on several projects involving shakuhachi and Western instruments, as well as sankyoku trio and solo performances, a multidisciplinary project based on Japanese ghost stories, and a second CD recording.



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