ISLAMABAD -- To entertain and to familiarize with the centuries old Japanese Imperial Court music, the Embassy of Japan in Islamabad organized a classical Japanese Gagaku
music and dance performance at the auditorium of Islamabad club on Monday.
In the eighth century, Phat Triet, a Cham Buddhist monk from what is now central Vietnam, traveled to Japan, where he helped to popularize Cham music and dance, which was later incorporated into the Japanese imperial court's gagaku
One component of the Gagaku
art form is traditional dance, which is guided in part by the rhythm set by Taiko.
The reason for this is simple: short-lived as it was, the Yuan dynasty in China witnessed the growth and maturity of Zaju, and is therefore best remembered as a golden era of traditional Chinese drama, whereas in Japan during the Muromachi period (1336-1573), Noh developed from earlier forms of performing arts such as gigaku [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII], gagaku
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Vale decir que las citas aparecieron en funcion del timbre de los instrumentos; es asi como fue posible encontrar, por ejemplo, fragmentos que incluyen sonidos de: wankaras, sikus y mohocenos (bombos, flautas de pan sin aeroducto y flautas de pico invertido con aeroducto de la altiplanicie aymara-q'echua, respectivamente) procedentes de obras de los compositores Cergio Prudencio (Bolivia) y Tato Taborda (Brasil) con la Orquesta Experimental de Instrumentos Nativos de Bolivia, piano preparado y un ensamble de percusion de obras de John Cage (Estados Unidos), shakuhachiy sho (flauta vertical sin aeroducto y organo de boca de canas de bambu, respectivamente) de la musica japonesa de gagaku
En su camino expondra formas poeticas y temas que antes de el poco o nada se habian tratado, como las saibara, las candidas canciones de la tradicion popular que, gradualmente, fueron entrando en el ampuloso mundo de los nobles y cortesanos, de modo especial en el espectaculo dramatico-musical conocido como Gagaku
, que luego tendra su subsiguiente repercusion en ciertas formas de entonacion y en varias melodias del Noh.
This commemoration of Bodhi Day, the day Gautama Buddha got enlightened, included Gagaku
(Japanese court music), Shoshinge sutra chanting, homage to Buddha-dhamma-sangha, reading from Buddhist texts, meditation, dharma talk by priest Reverend Phil Bryan, etc.
Stubbs gives the example of gagaku
music to illustrate how Western audiences found chaotic and unlistenable music that Japanese people considered elegant.
I told Seymour that I didn't think music had to go anywhere and that I was interested in stasis such as the gamuts (constellations of pitches in which given identities are repeated at the same octave placement) found in the music of Webern, Nono, and Stockhausen and in the restricted sets of pitches in modal music such as gagaku
and Indian classical music.
Attending the conference was also an amazing cultural experience, with the Japanese Nurses Association (JNA) spoiling us with traditional Gagaku
music and dancing on the opening night, and even a dinner visit from Empress Michiko, followed by several dance groups made up of JNA members.
He loved ritual, whether it was a Russian Orthodox mass, a performance of Japanese gagaku
, or, like Christopher Robin, the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace, an event he once told me, only half jokingly, was of more artistic value than The Royal Ballet.
Their field is linked in many ways to early Chinese music, which underlies Japan's classicist (and occasionally ideological) attempts to preserve its own court performance in several genres, especially gagaku
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