Japanese Classical Music: Sacred, Court, and Early Modern Salon Music

Gagaku and Hogaku Semester-End Recital Spring 2022

Thursday, April 21 at 7:00 p.m.

St. Paul’s Chapel, Columbia University – 1160 Amsterdam Avenue

Admission: Free

Columbia University’s Gagaku (ancient imperial Japanese Court Music) and Hogaku (traditional koto and shakuhachi music) Ensembles will have their semester-end concert on Thursday, April 21. The event is free and open to the public. Face masks and vaccine cards are required for entry. Guests are encouraged to speak with the performers about the music and their instruments following the concert.

Columbia and Barnard students learn koto, shakuhachi, and gagaku under the tutelage of Professor Yumi Kurosawa, Professor Elizabeth Brown, and Professor Alicia “Lish” Lindsey, respectively.


“Tabino Kumikyoku” composed by Masao Matsumoto
“Theme of Genshin Impact” composed by Yu-Peng Chen arranged by Yumi Kurosawa
“Rokudan” composed by Kengyo (1614 – 1685)

“Chōshi” traditional Meian Honkyoku
“Rokudan”  Kengyo Yatsuhashi
“Shimmering Wave” by Adam Robinson

“Hyōjo no Netori” — Prelude Mode Centering on E
“Etenraku” — Music of the Divine Heavens
“Kashin” — This Auspicious Day—chant
“Goshoraku no kyu” — Music of the Five Harmonies

About IMJS: Japanese Cultural Heritage Initiatives at Columbia University

Founded in 1968, the Institute for Medieval Japanese Studies is an international liaison and research center that primarily serves European and American scholars in all disciplines whose main area of study focuses on pre-Meiji era Japan.

The overall purpose of the Institute is to encourage research on neglected aspects of premodern Japanese civilization, especially during the medieval period (primarily, but not exclusively, the Kamakura and Muromachi periods 1185-1600), centuries which, until the 1970s, had received scarce attention by Japanese and Western scholars alike. For more information, please visit their website.