'Blasdel's shakuhachi performance is visionary and played from the heart.' Hogaku no Tomo Seattle composer Byron Au Yong and Tokyo musician Christopher Yohmei Blasdel's site-responsive performance at the Tokyo Art Museum designed by Tadao Ando was praised by audience members as 'inventive and stimulating.' Au Yong creates ceremonial musical events scored for Asian, European and hand-made instruments. Blasdel received the professional name 'Yohmei' from his teacher National Treasure Goro Yamaguchi. His book A Shakuhachi Odyssey, published by Kawade Shobo Shinsha won the Rennyo Award.