Gagaku ancient court music is a traditional Japanese performing art dating back over a thousand years. Compared to other forms of Japanese/Western music, opportunities to listen to this genre are usually extremely limited. For this reason, the Reigakusha group holds its own public-friendly introductory Gagaku concerts for children or people listening to Gagaku for the first time, aiming to increase the number of people interested in Gagaku, boost its audience base and popularize and spread the genre.
Not only will this concert offer audiences an introduction to Gagaku instruments and a chance to enjoy signature Gagaku Kangen (instrumental ensemble)/Bugaku pieces, but it will feature participatory elements such as a Shōga singalong (Shōga being a Gagaku method of learning instrumental parts through singing), and up-close interaction with actual instruments.
Established in 1985, Reigakusha engages in Gagaku ensemble performance and research. Led by musical director Sukeyasu SHIBA, the group engages in performing existing Gagaku repertoires as well as reviving obsolete numbers and millennia-old musical instruments preserved at the ancient Imperial storehouse, Shosoin. Their repertoires also include contemporary compositions. On the performance front, Reigakusha has been active both in Japan and abroad, partaking in major music events and festivals. Recent activities also include workshops and introductory lectures for school.
Sen-nichidani-kaido, 19-2 Minamimotomachi, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0012
Yotsuya Kumin Hall (Shinjuku City, Tokyo)