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About Laonikos

Shakuhachi performer, composer, improviser, multi-instrumentalist. Can play Japanese music, jazz, classical.
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Laonikos studied Composition at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, graduating in 2011 with a BMus Hons. He spent the next years working as a freelance music workshop leader and composer, including as part of Barbican Guildhall Creative Learning and Sibelius Academy. He went on to do a Masters in Global Music (MMus GLOMAS) in Sibelius Academy, graduating in 2016. Laonikos has been playing the shakuhachi since 2015, and is an experienced improviser and composer.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I can perform while walking around a venue
Encore awards
1st Encoreversary
Folk, Classical, Electronic, Avant garde, Experimental, World music, Asian music
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Event types:
Charity event, Hotel / Restaurant event, Private event, Corporate event, Concert, Theatre / Show
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Other skills:
Composer, Arranger, Orchestrator, Fluent improviser, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Composition teaching, Community music worker
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Song list

Itsuki no komoriuta
Nambu oshioiuta
Akita Obako
Kokiriko bushi
Komoro bushi
Hietsuki bushi
Kojo no tsuki
Kutsu ga naru
Haruga kita
Fuji no yama
Tsuki no sabaku
Yuki no furumachio
Yoyake koyake
Oumano oyako
Ozashiki no kouta
Tsugaru no yamauta
Esashi oiwake
Yamato choshi
Hifumi hachigaeshi
Shika no tone
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Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

Unique sounding instrument

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Melia Hotel, Making Tracks, Eden Project

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Riley Lee, Atsuya Okuda, Clive Bell

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

Making Tracks 2020 residency

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

I always try to be as flexible as possible but will need as much notice in order to accommodate any requests to change details in order to guarantee availability.

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

Sure, if you have PPL licensing in place.

How much time do you need to set up?

30 minutes to play acoustic, 45 minutes to connect to a PA.

Can I pick the pieces you play from the set list?

Of course, and I would be happy to have a chat and discuss what would work best for your setup.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?


Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

It depends on timings and the request - please inquiry on a case by case basis.


Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£50
Up to 1 hour£160
Up to 2 hours£200
Up to 3 hours£250
Workshop (2h)
A workshop on the basics of shakuhachi music and notation, can be delivered online with musical examples. Shorter workshops also possible, contact for details.


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Making T, 1 year ago

Laonikos performed a terrific set of traditional folk (min'yo) and monastic (honkyoku) pieces at a livestreamed concert as part of Making Tracks Digital Edition residency and tour in summer 2020.