Wednesday, October 15, 2008

FEATURED ARTIST: Aikuzzura Titanium Flutes

This unique artist is as spiritually talented as he is creative.


* Name of Business: Aikuzzura Titanium Flutes
* Link to my shop: www.aikuzzuraflutes.etsy.com
* About you: My name is Kudos Aikuzzura. That means, "the Holy Temple of Love, Light, and Spirit. Passion is the word I most often use to express who I am. What ever I am doing, it is my desire to be fully present in the experience, be it love, music,exercise, food or even stillness. I am a multi-faceted being and I do not believe in "Can't". I have spent a large majority of my life in self discovery. Always, I have wanted to alleviate the suffering of those I see everywhere, and so I have pursued knowledge and abilities toward that end. My Flutes are an important aspect in that self discovery. I have also studied the healing arts and in particular. I have been trained by my Vietnamese Master Luong Minh Dang for many years. As I have said, I am passionate and I love people, so as a teacher, I am passionate toward helping others. Now, as for music, there is a saying; " Music in the soul can be heard by the universe". It is very often that I experience music in my heart and mind. How wonderful is it that we have this gift of music!!!
* My craft or talent: Handcrafting titanium flutes.
* How I do my craft: As I begin to create a new flute, I start by sketching the outline shape, or profile image. The most significant aspect of the process is visualization. What is the feeling which the imagined form invokes? For me personally, the flute is inescapably somewhat of a spiritual instrument. By this, I mean that due to the fact that the very air which sustains life is what one uses to express themselves in music. Now that I have the basic form in mind, it will be translated intuitively through my hands as I form the parts. A number of processes take place in order to ensure that the finished product is both aesthetically pleasing and acoustically accurate. I feel that science and spirit come together in the making of a musical instrument. Much emphasis is placed on the head of the flute, especially the crown. Throughout history mankind has built temples as sacred places where by he could learn of his spiritual being. Many of the crowns I create are inspired by these temples. As man himself is a temple, it is my desire that as one plays my flute, that he will be drawn to his temple within. The flute in its form and function is very much like the human body with its portals which interface the inner and outer worlds. Much about ourselves can be discovered thru music and like the flute, it is the openings which allows the awakening to unfold.
* What lead me to my craft: Since an early age, I have had an interest in energy, pyramids, crystals, healing, and the like. In particular, the areas of light and music and the ways in which they impact our emotional states and well being. As a child, I grew up watching the T-V show Kung Fu with David Carridine playing Kwai Chang Cain. As Kwai Chang went about his many adventures, he would find peace in meditating while playing his bamboo flute. This resonated with some deep part of my being and I knew that one day I too would make a flute and enjoy the companionship of music. I was aware of the problems associated with bamboo cracking and so I went about finding a material which was light, strong, and not affected by the elements. At the time, titanium was starting to be used in various applications, most notably in the bicycle industry. I decided to test my theory and purchased a titanium handle bar for mountain bikes. Although it looked a lit strange, the sound was so mellow and resonant, perfect for a flute, but the shape wasn't the ideal for most players. Once I found a supplier of titanium, the process of getting tools which were capable of working with this metal became a most intense process. Titanium requires some very specific tooling to work with due to certain physical properties inherent in the metal. This equaled a few broken tools in the beginning. Titanium is fairly expensive as well, but all things considered, the final result is an instrument of superior quality in every aspect. Used very often for weapons of war, I am very thankful to use this awesome material for creating an instrument of peace.
* Tell us about you, your history, interesting facts: I am a bit of a precision freak in that I admire precision craftsmanship. I have a great appreciation for time pieces and fine jewelry work. Any craft which uses skill such as bead work, sculpting, metalwork, painting, you name it. from the most sophisticated micro-chip to the most grand architecture, the human creativity seems limitless. From age thirteen, I began taking an interest in physical fitness and so in a way I enjoy creating my own body, and I admire the beauty and strength in others as they endeavor to create their own bodies. I remember something Yanni said some years ago, "life is precious, all of life and one must try to take in as much of it as possible, until the last moment". I also remember in my younger years something said by the flamboyant Liberace, "Enough is good, more is better, and too much is just right". Certainly in the realm of creative life these words would be aptly applied. So much can be said about my interests, but it is all best shared with good friends over music with a cup of jasmine tea or a good red wine.
*Additional notes about the flutes: All are completely hand crafted by Kudos Aikuzzura. Both my flutes and piccolos are made in the key of D at this time. I offset the holes a bit to accommodate different hand sizes. All of my flutes are open hole Folk flute style and require no mechanical parts or maintenance. They can be cleaned using common dish soap, preferably the non-abrasive type, as that would scratch the material. Titanium is impervious to nearly all chemicals and is Hypo-allergenic (does not cause reactions to the human body). Titanium is acoustically comparable to the precious metals such as gold, silver and platinum, and in certain aspects, it is superior. Titanium metal has its visual counterpart in the gemstone world as Titania with an extremely high refractive index, I.E. it creates lots of "fire". Titanium is stronger and lighter than stainless steel and is thereby less likely to incur serious damage as would be experienced with wood or precious metals. And, as I have mentioned, that it sounds great and looks great too.

1 comment:

  1. I brought a titanium flute from Kudos Aikuzzura. It is simply MARVELLOUS and superbly melodius in it's tone and sound quality. The workmanship is precise, perfect and impeccable. Just as Kudos has claimed, the flute he makes is a masterpiece. I am very very happy with my purchase and in the bargain got a a great connection with a great human being.

    Gopal from India

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