Japanese Heritage Music at Columbia University



Gagaku, NYC, Japan, Japanese heritage music, Miller Theatre, Columbia University, Institute for Medieval Japanese Studies

ANCIENT SOUNDSCAPES REBORN: Poetry & Paintings in Concert

Saturday, March 26 from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.

Miller Theatre, Columbia University – 116th Street and Broadway

Admission: Free

Celebrate the 11th season of the Glories of the Japanese Music Heritage at this free concert on the campus of Columbia University. The event presents classic repertoires and contemporary works for Japanese heritage instruments inspired by paintings and poetry.


Part I: Classical Repertoire
Hyōjō no netori & Etenraku
Hyōjō no chōshi & Goshōraku no jo, Goshōraku no kyū

Part II: Contemporary Works
Yuka Takechi, Waxwing (2003) for sangen and shō
Hiroya Miura, Gossamer Lattice (2007) for shō, hichiriki, and ryūteki
Fuyuhiko Sasaki, Bridge to the Heavens (2015) for harp, kugo, viola, and shō

Featuring Mayumi Miyata (shō), Hitomi Nakamura (hichiriki), Takeshi Sasamoto (ryūteki), Hidejiro Honjo (sangen), Fuyuhiko Sasaki (harp and kugo), Benjamin Preneta (viola), Columbia Gagaku Instrumental Ensemble.

The Institute for Medieval Japanese Studies, founded in 1968, is an international liaison and research center designed primarily to serve 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 pre-modern 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.

To register for the event, please visit the website for the Institute for Medieval Japanese Studies.