Shawn Renzoh Head


Shawn Renzoh Head’s career as a shakuhachi soloist (Japanese bamboo flute), chamber musician, recording artist, composer, and lecturer, he is at the forefront of Japanese traditional music and its expansion into the western world. His dedication and sincerity for the shakuhachi has been transcending borders through the commissioning of new works and performances on a multitude of mediums. A musician of meticulousness, appetite for the new, and panache, Head is committed to the shakuhachi as a vehicle of transcendental capabilities.


He collaborates with musicians and artists from a multitude of genres in mediums. Ballet to Hip-hop, traditional Japanese music to western classical. In addition to these, Shawn has an open call for collaboration with composers that actively runs all year.


Born in St. Charles, Missouri, Head began formal music education at the age of 10 when he started on viola. Through his education in classical music, Shawn was also introduced to composition and began composing for ensembles in his area at 15. Within the next year, Shawn had his music performed throughout America and Europe. At age 18, Shawn discovered and found his passion for the Shakuhachi while traveling throughout Asia. In the years following, Shawn became the youngest non-Japanese Shakuhachi Shihan (master) in history.  In 2019, Shawn received the distinct honor of becoming an OSS 大将軍 Tai Shogun, given to him for his work in traditional Japanese music Shawn is a graduate of the cleveland Institute of Music, BM 16.



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