Spring 2011 Calendar of Events
Glories of the Japanese Traditional Music Heritage - Concert II (Gagaku)
Tuesday, March 29, 2011, 6:00 pm
Miller Theatre, Columbia University

Mayumi Miyata, Shō
Hitomi Nakamura, Hichiriki
Takeshi Sasamoto, Ryūteki
Bridget Kibbey, Harp
Chris Washburne, Trombone
Columbia Gagaku Instument Ensemble

Traditional Pieces
Hyōjō no netori
Etenraku (Music of the Divine Heavens)
Taishikichō no netori
Chōgeishi (In Lasting Celebration)
Batō (Wild Mane)
Sōjō no chōshi
Shundeiraku (Spring Garden Music)

Contemporary Pieces
Yozora (The Night Sky) (1987) (US Premiere)
Utsurohi (Transient) (1986)
Ashibune Bontoro Gō (The Reed Boat “Bontoro”) (2011) (World Premiere)
Reimei (Before the Dawn) (2009) (New York Premiere)

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Protected by the Imperial Japanese Court for more than 1,000 years, gagaku is the world's oldest living orchestral music. The program includes traditional pieces, as well as works by contemporary composers at the forefront of a revival of this traditional art form.

Gagaku Composers Workshop
Friday, March 25, 2011, 5:00 - 9:00 pm
Philosophy Hall, Room 301, Columbia University

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Three composers, Ed Green, Kevin Baldwin, and Alexa Babakhanian, will be premiering 3-5 minute works composed for any Gagaku instruments (hichiriki, shō, ryūteki) and up to one Western instrument for the workshop and they and other participants will have discussion and give feedback. Composers and musicians are welcome to attend the workshop. Anyone interested in attending needs to RSVP to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it with their name, and affiliation.

Empress Komyo-Related Memorial Events in Nara, Japan
List of Events (in Japanese)

View Photos of Hinaeshiki, Hokkeji, Nara

Japanese Textile Conservation Fund Established
The JAHF Chino Prize committee is delighted to annouce Hyunjung Cho as the winner of the 2009 Chino Kaori Memorial Essay Prize.

New Publications
Amamonzeki: A Hidden Heritage: Treasures of the Japanese Imperial Convents Image

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