This blog is dedicated to the sublime instruments called nose flutes and which produce the most divine sound ever. We have chosen to discard all the native models from S. Pacific and Asia, for they need fingering to be played. We'll concentrate on "buccal cavity driven" nose flutes : the well patented and trademarked metal or plastic ones, plus, by a condemnable indulgence, some wooden craft or home-made productions.

Apr 2, 2012

Sarod and Nose Flute !

Wataru Kousaka is a Japanese multi-instrumentist who notably plays the sanshin (Okinawa samishen), but also sarod, flutes, jaws harp, and nose flute. He already has produced several CDs, and the following tune comes from his last record called てぃんさぐぬ鼻 (which is Google-translated by "Tin Unexpected Nose Sag"...).

In this video, Wataru Kousaka uses a loop machine with a sarod bassline, then two nose flute harmonic melodies, and finally plays the sarod with a bow. The result is a beautiful lament.


You may also like to listen some music by Wataru Kousaka. On this page, you can listen to 9 sound samples, including some tunes with nose flute.
But I particularly recommend to you "Futahana" (a beautiful piece played on a sanshin), "The Wind" (with several coats of jaws harp) or the beautiful "Country roads".

Visit Wataru Kousaka's website

Visit Wataru Kousaka's Youtube channel


  1. Wow, great!!! How did you discover this wonderful musician? What beautiful instruments and what a cool way to combine those instruments with "modern technology" - Do you know what noseflute he plays? Thank you for discovering this and the many other jewels to get to know on your blog.

  2. Hello Nosymusic!

    Yes, there are beautiful instruments in Asia ... I love the sanshin, this Okinawan ancestor of the Shamisen (I have a great CD by Noborikawa Seijin that I recommend to everybody!). The Sarod is Indian... And Wataru Kousaka knows how to mix all of those...
    I discover the very recently posted video while making my regular "scan" of youtube for nose flute videos...

    All the best,