Riley Lee (Shakuhachi) and Cliona Molins (Harp)

Riley and Cliona have been performing together since 2012 when they played at the inaugural of Sydney’s Sacred Music Festival.   Cliona and Riley combine their distinguished knowledge of two ancient instruments from distinct cultural backgrounds.   In 2018 they released their first EP, Snow Flurries.   

Cliona Riley house concert.jpg


Riley Lee’s music is meditation. Riley is the recipient of two of the oldest and most venerated lineages of traditional shakuhachi, which can be traced back to the Zen Buddhist komusô, or “priests of nothingness” of the Edo period in Japan.

In 1980, he became the first non-Japanese to attain the rank of dai shihan or Grand Master. Riley completed his BA and MA degrees in music at the University of Hawai’i, and received his PhD degree in ethnomusicology from the University of Sydney.   In 1995, Riley also co-founded with Ian Cleworth, Australia’s dynamic Japanese festival drum group, TaikOz which recently celebrated its 20th anniversary.   Riley has recorded over 36 CDs and DVDs.  

A short excerpt from
a live performance of
"She Moved through the Fair",

Winter Concert Series 2017