Shakuhachi Sleep Music

At once beautiful and meditative, shakuhachi flute music is a perennial favorite, loved for its power to evoke the sounds of nature and calm the mind. Here, shakuhachi dai shihan (Grand Master) Riley Lee offers an album for leading us into the realm of sleep.



A master of the shakuhachi flute, it is said, can invoke an inner stillness in listeners, like a quiet pond reflecting the moon. Shakuhachi Sleep Music invites us to experience here the beauty and calmness of this revered tradition.

Grand Master of the Zen bamboo flute Riley Lee plays an authentic and deeply soothing sequence of pieces to guide us, breath by breath, into the peaceful domain of the quiet mind, unperturbed and ready for restful slumber.



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Stunningly beautiful flute… but spoiled by "new age" additions (synth & guitars) Review by Mike the music lover


Shakuhachi's compositions are beautiful, and his ZEN wisdom shines through, producing very soothing and relaxing effects on soul, body, and mind.

The wood flutes and rain sounds have natural texture and bring us close to nature's rhythms, yet the extensive use of reverberation effects (to create the illusion of a large hall or cave) does not sound natural, and layered synthesizer sound effects on some songs sound very artificial and remind me of standard "new age" relaxation music. It is a pity that by trying to artificially improve what is already good, it has been spoiled, much like a good soup that has too much salt in it!

Last but not least, for music lovers, the mp3 download has small file sizes (average 25MB) with above average sampling rates of 320 kbps and is thus inferior to the CD quality.

(Posted on November 22, 2015)

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Sleepy Time Shakuhachi Review by thedigitalimager


This is a wonderfully soothing album. It's not traditional Shakuhachi music, the melodies are sparse, yet beautiful and dreamy. Great listening anytime but especially nice in the evening hours before settling down for the night. Highly recommended! (Posted on July 13, 2015)

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Contents 1 CD (60 minutes)
Date Published May 01, 2015
ISBN-10 1-62203-439-2
ISBN-13 978-1-62203-439-0
Dimensions 5.5 x 5 inches
Product Code MM04369D

Audio Download

Contents 1 Audio download (60 minutes)
Filetypes MP3, M4A, ZIP, PDF
Date Published May 01, 2015
ISBN-10 1-62203-520-8
ISBN-13 978-1-62203-520-5
Product Code MM04369W