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Gagaku Europe Tour

  • Organization : Gagaku Europa Kouen Jikkou Iinkai
  • Section : International project
  • Type of Grant Program : Single
  • Art Forms : Japanese Traditional Art


Led by former Chief Court Musicians from the Music Department belonging to the Imperial Household Agency’s Board of Ceremonies, this ensemble will give instrumental and vocal performances of gagaku (ancient court music) in four European countries.

The performances are scheduled to include the particularly secret ritual music “kagura-uta”, as well as “choshi” and “jobuki” pieces with instrumental solos and an “omeri-buki” playing style rarely performed on a conventional stage.

In addition, a lecture will introduce the history of gagaku instruments as well as performance methods and styles, outlining Japanese aesthetic senses and values which have been passed down for about 1, 300 years.

The performances in Ireland will mark the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and Ireland.


【Gagaku Europa Kouen Jikkou Iinkai】(executive committee for the performance of gagaku in Europe)
Gagaku musician Naoyuki Manabe organized numerous overseas performances in his role as Japan Cultural Envoy of the Agency for Cultural Affairs in 2011. For this tour, an invitation from Manabe brought together gagaku musicians who include former Chief Court Musicians from the Imperial Household Agency’s Music Department Hideaki Bunno, Shogo Anzai, Nagao Okubo and Goro Ikebe. Their wide-ranging individual activities include performances in Japan and overseas, promotion/education activities, writing, fusion projects with contemporary music, and teaching.


Gagaku Europa Kouen Jikkou Iinkai


Antiguo Hospital Santa Maria la Rica(Alcala de Henares)
Patio de cristales del Museo Arqueologico Regional(Alcala de Henares)/Spain
St.Cacilien Schnuettgen Museum(Koln)
天理雅楽工房 Tenri Japanisch-Deutsche Kulturwerkstatt (Koln)/Germany
Theatre No d’Aix en Provence /France
St Ann’s Church(Dublin)
St.Patrick`s Gateway center(Waterford)
Chester Beatty Library(Dublin)/Ireland