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A Concert of Gagaku - A Concert of Gagaku Gagaku is one of...

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A Concert of Gagaku Gagaku is one of the oldest continuous music traditions on earth tracing its history to the 9 th Century. It is uniquely Japanese utilizing instruments and techniques unknown in the ‘West’ until the cultures collided around the 16 th Century. Gagaku is an artful blend of instrumental & vocal music and dance. Through the years, Gagaku performers have been providing entertainment with their unique and diverse style of music. However, a live performance by a Gagaku performer has an altogether different effect which elates one to higher levels of music thrill. An opportunity of such kind came my way and I grabbed it with both my hands. The concert of Gagaku music performed in the University of Hawaii which I was fortunate to witness. Every single audience member who was at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Downtown Los Angeles on Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2004, must have thanked the hall’s designer and architect Frank Gehry for his dream to have a gagaku concert in the hall. Reigakusha Gagaku Ensemble, a group that plays Japan’s oldest performing art known as gagaku, made that dream a reality with a one-time performance that evening.
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