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REIGAKUSHA Gagaku Concert no.37

  • Organization : General Incorporated Association REIGAKUSHA
  • Section : Artistic and creative activity in Tokyo
  • Type of Grant Program : Single
  • Art Forms : Japanese Traditional Art


Third in a series of concerts featuring works by group founder, the late Sukeyasu Shiba. Offering performances of four works with differing structure, diction and style – “Shofuraku,” “Yokobue sansho (3 movements of yokobue),” “Sanjuni So (Buddha’s 32 phases),” and “Sangin chogyuraku” – it was a program that followed in the footsteps of Shiba in terms of his principals regarding the creation of new Gagaku and the revival of works that no longer had the chance to be performed.
“Shofuraku” is a basic form of Gagaku orchestral music, “Yokobue sansho (3 movements of yokobue)” has distinctive technical features, and “Sanjuni So (Buddha’s 32 phases)” and “Sangin chogyuraku” were co-performed together with Shomyo Buddhist chanting by Shichiseikai. The performance of these four pieces demonstrated the diverse possibilities inherent in the Gagaku genre. As a leader in the field of traditional performing arts, Reigakusha held this concert with the aim of passing on works and playing techniques to the next generation.


A Gagaku performance ensemble formed in 1985 by the late Sukeyasu Shiba. Currently led by musical director Mayumi Miyata. Since its launch, the group has not only engaged in the performance of the traditional Gagaku repertoire but has also been proactive in the revival of obsolete numbers, the reproduction of/ performance with millennia-old musical instruments preserved at the ancient Imperial storehouse, Shosoin, and the performance of contemporary compositions. To date, it has commissioned new works from composers including Joji Yuasa, Toshi Ichiyanagi, Shin-ichiro Ikebe, Michio Kitazume, Toshio Hosokawa, Toshiro Saruya, Nao Isaji and Akiko Yamane. Toru Takemitsu’s “In an Autumn Garden” has been an important part of Reigakusha’s repertoire from the beginning, racking up repeat performances in Japan and overseas. In 2002 the group won the Special Prize of Kenzo Nakajima Music Award. “Reigakusha Gagaku Concert – In an Autumn Garden” received the 16th Keizo Saji Prize. In 2020 it won the 50th ENEOS Music Awards – Japanese Traditional Music Division.


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