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Fri 30 Jun  


Venue: St Patrick's Gateway, Patrick Street, admission free, all welcome

Gagaku: music, song & dance of the Japanese Imperial Court

Gagaku is a type of Japanese classical music, dance and song. It is the oldest music in Japan and was played at the Imperial Court and at ancient religious temples. Today, Gagaku is based on the music played at the Imperial Household Agency which is recognised as the world's oldest orchestra - playing for over 1,300 years. Designated as an Important Intangible Cultural Property in Japan, Gagaku includes the use of wind, string and percussion instruments.

Hideaki Bunno (sho, vocals): Formed the group 'Junion-kai' in 1977 with musicians from the Board or the Ceremonies of the Imperial Household Agency, Hiedeaki is the 36th generation of his family to serve at imperial ceremonies and events. In Japan, the Bunno family is renowned as the most distinguished family to perform the court music of ancient Japan in Kyoto.

Naoyuki Manabe (sho, wagon): As a Japan Cultural Envoy for the Agency for the Cultural Affairs Government of Japan, Naoyuki worked throughout the world liaising with composers and producing music. He has performed solo as well as part of an ensemble and organised projects to promote the understanding of Japanese culture and Gagaku in Europe. He joins Hideaki and his Junion-kai colleagues in today's performance.

Nagao Okubo (hichiriki); Goro Ikebe (hichiriki, vocals); Shogo Anzai (fue); Yutaka Ota (fue, vocals)

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