2016 Activities in Japan
Dec 16 : The 4th Traditional Performing Art - Western Music ~ Interaction Program at Funabashi City Takasato Elementary School
The 4th event was held at Takasato Elemetary School in Funabashi city. This school is emphasizing on an education to foster students’ creativities and originalities in order to strengthen their will to live.
Kangen Hyojyo-Etenraku and bugaku Karyobin were played in front of 175 students from the 5th and 6th grades. A workshop for gagaku instruments and simple bugaku dance moves was held for the 6th graders of 90 students.
Dec 15 : The 3rd Traditional Performing Art - Western Music ~ Interaction Program at Urayasu City Miakegawa Elementary School
This school has been focusing on the study of mathematics since 2011.
Kangen Hyojyo-Etenraku and bugaku Karyobin were performed in front of 189 students from the 5th and 6th grades. Later a workshop of gagaku instruments was held for 90 students from the 6th grade only.
Nov 6 : UNESCO World Music Festival in Hamamatsu 2016
This year, top artists representing their respective regions from thirteen of these UNESCO Cities of Music came together in “Hamamatsu, Japan’s music capital”, to take part in “the World Music Festival in Hamamatsu 2016”.
At this new type of music festival, a diversity of instruments and musical cultures transcended boundaries and merged together.
The Kitanodai Gagaku Ensemble participated in this event for a joint performance with Trumpeter Tiger Okoshi, Professor of Music at Berklee College in Boston.
Oct 31 : Tenjinjya Otachi Matsuri in Isumi City, Chiba
Kitanodai Gagaku Ensemble performed gagaku at its hometown of Isumi city for Tenjinjya Otachi Matsuri.
Hyojyo-no-netori, Etenraku, and Karyobin were performed.
Oct 14 : The 2nd Traditional Performing Art - Western Music ~ Interaction Program at Yachio City Kayada Junior High School
The second program was held at Kayada Junior High School in Yachio city. It is a very new school which opened just three years ago.
Kangen Hyojyo-etenraku and Biaro, Roei Kashin and finally bugaku Karyoubin were performed in front of 270 freshman students .
Oct 7 : Traditional Performing Art - Western Music ~ Interaction Program at Narashino City Yatsuminami Elementary School
This year’s first program was started at Yatsuminami Elementary School in Narashino city.
Kangen, Hyojyo-Etenraku and bugaku Karyobin were performed in front of 65 students from the 6th grade and then a workshop of gagaku instruments was held afterwards.
April 17 : Gagaku Performance at Sakagurabiraki of Kidoizumi Sake Brewery
Kidoizumi Brewery is located in the Isumi-shi, Chiba which is also the hometown of the Kitanodai Gagaku Ensemble.
At this commemorative day at the Kidoizumi Brewery, the Ensemble performed gagaku with the purpose of creating an opportunity for as many local people as possible to come and learn about gagaku. In spite of the drizzling weather that day, many people came to watch the performance.
The kangen music of Hyojyo no netori, Etenraku, and Bairo were played and since the venue was near the sea, Seigaiha dance was chosen for a bugaku dance segment.
Jan 9：Spring Gagaku Concert at Chiba Prefectural Museum of Art
“Katori Shrine, The Beauty that Colors Gods” at Chiba Prefectural Museum of Art
This gagaku concert, organized by Chiba Prefectural Museum of Art, was held as part of a special exhibition titled, “Katori Shrine – The Beauty that Colors Gods”, to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the enactment of the Chiba Prefectural Ordinance for the protection of Cultural Properties. The auditorium had a seating capacity of 200, but more than 800 people had applied for the tickets.
The concert consisted of two segments. Part I was kangen music and started with the introduction of musical instruments, followed by Hyojo-no-netori, Etenraku, and lastly Bairo. The second part was bugaku dances of Ryo-oh and Seigaiha.