Gagaku, muziek en dans van het Japans Keizerlijk hof(Nederlands / Engels)

Gagaku, Imperial Court Music & Dance of Japan

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Gagaku, muziek en dans van het Japans Keizerlijk hof (Nederlands / Engels)

In 2012 the musicians and dancers of the Japanese Imperial Gagaku ensemble will visit the UK for the first time in 36 years and The Netherlands for the first time in 12 years.

Experience gagaku, Japanese court music that traces its roots to ancient Japan, China, Korea and beyond. Truly an ancient “world music”.


Gagaku is one of the oldest and most fascinating of the world’s continuous musical traditions. It has been performed by musicians at the Imperial Court in Japan as both entertainment and an essential part of religious rituals since the 7th century. The music and its accompanying dance are also a rich repository of now lost musical traditions. Music from the Sui and T’ang dynasties in China, from Korea, India and south-east Asia, and from the city states along the Silk Road all flowed into Japan from the 6th to 9th centuries, where they absorbed and transmitted as part of the gagaku tradition.

As well as being a unique glimpse into the elegant court culture of early Japan, gagaku’s exquisite, otherworldly harmonies and static structures had an inspirational effect on many 20th century composers including Olivier Messiaen, La Monte Young, Toru Takemitsu, and Lou Harrison.

This is a unique chance to hear the elegant and powerful music of gagaku, performed by its most exceptional exponents – the Music Department of the Imperial Household. The ensemble has been designated as a ‘living national treasure’ by the Japanese government, in recognition of the important of the traditions that it preserves.


Head of the touring company / IHA: Jiro Okuyama

Chief Court Musician, Music Department / IHA: Shogo Anzai

Deputy Chief Court Musician, Music Department / IHA: Nagao Okubo, Goro Ikebe

Assistant Chief Court Musician, Music Department / IHA:
  Hiroaki Togi, Tadaaki Ono, Satoshi Wakai, Kenji Ue, Mitsuhiko Ikebe, Suenaga Togi

Former Chief Court Musician, Music Department / IHA: Hideaki Bunno

Court Musician, Music Department / IHA:
  Hokuto Matsui, Takaaki Iwanami, Takeaki Bunno, Yasuo Okubo, Seiichi Masuyama,
  Fumihiko Yamada, Sadao Okubo, Sotaro Hisatsune, Hiroki Uehara, Joji Shijo, Motoki Ohara,
  Takanori Koyama, Koso Hirakawa, Yasuaki Bunno, Mizushi Hoshi

Chief Secretary, Music Department / IHA: Koji Takano

Secretary, Music Department / IHA: Hideaki Ota

Stage crew / Ideguchi Co.: Shimpei Sugawara, Naoto Oguri, Yoshikazu Kato, Kazuhiro Kurusu

Wardrobe / Otsuki Co.: Shinichiro Otsuki, Chikashi Hirano, Kaoru Nakajima, Michiko Sawada

Drum technicians / Miyamoto Co.: Keiichi Yamashita, Keita Hayashi, Daisuke Naito, Naoki Kashima

Interpreters: Yuki Kosuge, Mio Kobayashi, Mary Moreton

Tour Producer: Hisashi Itoh

Assistant Tour Producer: Yoko Koyama

Dutch cooperators
Producer / Global Performing Arts Group: JG Baggerman , Lucienne van der Mijle

Technical coordination: Hideaki Yogo

Interpreter: Takako Hamano

Tour management: Van Baasbank & Co, Cherisa Katabaloeboeng

Graphic design/ Fleeting Instant: Lucienne van der Mijle, Translation:JG Baggerman