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Gagaku: Music For Eternity

Traditional Orchestral Music of the Japanese Imperial Court

Year: 2011, 90 mins
Code: MG-Gagaku

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Transcending time and space for hundred and thousands of years, Gagaku, the traditional music of the Japanese Imperial Court, represents the spirit of an ancient time. Gagaku was introduced from its continental birthplace to Japan between the 5th to the 9th century, becoming fused with ancient Japanese music and adopted in the Nara and Heian periods as the traditional music of the Japanese Imperial Court, a tradition which continues to the present. Gagaku is the oldest orchestral music in the world.

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Gagaku Performances
•Ise Shrine Jingu Autumn Kagura-sai Festival
•Tenri University Gagaku Music Society performing
•National Theatre: Imperial Household Orchestra performing
•Shitennoji Temple Shoryo-e Ceremony
•The Tennoji Gakuso Garyokai performing
•Kasuga Shrine Kasuga Wakamiya Festival
•The Nanto Gakuso

Music
Title: Bankaso (Gagaku Togaku style ensemble)
Title: Bankaso (for reconstructed Shosoin instruments)

Arranged by Sukeyasu Shiba and performed by Reirakusha

Performers
Chiaki Yagi (Biwa)
Kahoru Nakamura (genkan)
Takashi Ishikawa (u)
Kahoru Nakamura (biwa)
Tamami Higashino (sho)
Kei Yaotani (hichiriki)
Sukeyasu Shiba (ryuteki)
Reimi Miura (sho)
Tamami Higashino (u)
Katsuhiko Tabuchi (hichiriki)
Takeshi Sasamoto (haisho)
Sukeyasu Shiba (yokobue)
Chiaki Yagi (genkan)
Yuko Hirai (so)
Naoko Miyamaru (jiko)
Fuyuhiko Sasaki (kugo)
Kyoko Kato (hokyo)

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