Gagaku and Hōgaku Concert at Columbia University



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Annual Gagaku/Hōgaku Concert

Sunday, March 29 at 4:00 p.m. (Doors open at 3:30 p.m.)

Miller Theatre, Columbia University – 116th Street & Broadway

Admission: Free

The Institute for Medieval Japanese Studies and the Columbia Music Performance Program present the 10th anniversary concert, Glories of the Japanese Music Heritage: ANCIENT SOUNDSCAPES REBORN. It is a celebration of sacred court music (Gagaku) and Secular Art Music (Hōgaku), featuring renowned Japanese Gagaku musicians and New York-based early Japanese instrumentalists.

Performing artists are Bronwen Kar Cheung Chan, Masayo Ishigure, Joshua Mailman, Mayumi Miura, Hitomi Nakamura, Thomas Piercy, Takeshi Sasamoto, James Nyoraku Schlefer, Sean Statser, and the Columbia Gagaku Instrumental Ensemble of New York.

The music spans Gagaku’s classical repertoire and contemporary pieces by John Kaizan Neptune, John Cage, Takeshi Sasamoto, and Toshi Ichiyanagi for Japanese instruments such as shakuhachi, hichiriki, and koto.

The concert is free and open to the public, but please register online at

To learn more about Gagaku and its reinvention, listen to the Make Music Monthly conversation between Aaron Friedman and Hiroya Miura that took place in October 2014 at the Cornelia Street Cafe.