Tilopa, a one time social scientist who did
research on Latin America, has studied quite
a wide range of different musical instruments
since early childhood (recorder flutes, violin,
guitar, piano, dillruba, svarmandal, santoor
etc), but found his real love about 20 years
ago when he met with the kyotaku and his flute
master Koku Nishimura in Kumamoto/Japan.
Since that time he has studied the traditional
'honkyoku' music with his master and Koryo Nishimura,
the son of Koku sensei. A never ending process
although he is playing the same songs over and
At the same time he has been experimenting
with combining the kyotaku with other western
and eastern instruments (see his cd's).
He lives with his wife in Berlin
where he is working as a kyotaku maker , kyotaku
teacher and as a T'ai Chi teacher. He is giving concerts
in Germany and other European countries.