Gagaku (“elegant music”) is the oldest continuously practiced tradition of classical music in the world, with over 1,300 years of history behind it.
Mr. Hiroaki Tohgi, Chief Court Musician of Japan’s Imperial Household Agency, will be paying a goodwill visit to Seattle the week of May 1-9, 2015.
Gagaku dates back to the 700s and is so rarefied that it only made its international debut 55 years ago at the United Nations’ General Assembly Hall in New York. Since then only seven US cities have had the privilege of a visit by the Imperial Household Agency’s Gagaku ensemble.
There will be three events in Seattle, sponsored by the Consulate General of Japan in Seattle. These will be free admission thanks to the generous support of project sponsors. All events will feature Japanese-English interpretation.
Check our Events Calendar for all
presentation dates in Seattle by Mr. Hiroaki Tohgi, Chief Court Musician of the Japanese Imperial Household Agency.
Funding also provided by The Japan Faculty for Humanities and Arts of the University of Washington
We thank the following supporters of Japanese classical arts in Seattle for their generous donations to our "power2give/Puget
University of Washington Comparative Religion Program
Japan Business Association of Seattle
- 4649 (Yoroshiku) Restaurant
- Tengu Restaurant
Tickets available at: http://www.cornish.edu/presents
Venue: Cornish College of the Arts, Poncho Concert Hall, 710 E. Roy St., Seattle 98102
Date: Sunday, September 21, 2014 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Jiuta can be considered one of the most distinctive styles of music in the pleasure quarters of Kyoto and Osaka, the world described in the novel, "Memoirs of a Geisha." Jiuta features the
shamisen and in olden days many of the players of jiuta shamisen were blind musicians. From the early 18th century, occasions for shamisen to play together with koto became common and now, there
is a very close relationship between koto and Jiuta. For koto musicians of the Ikuta School living in Kansai, playing Jiuta is an important part of their work. (From http://jtrad.columbia.jp/eng/u_jiuta.html)
Hirokazu Fujii is a leading performer of the shamisen. He is the iemoto of the Ginmeikai School, whose members play as an ensemble of koto and shamisen in the jiuta style. He holds a Masters' Degree from the Tokyo University of The Arts and is Chairman of the Ginmekai School, a Councilor of the Japan Sankyoku Association, and Assistant Director of the Ikuta School. He has received awards from NHK, and the Office of Culture of Japan. Passionate about sharing the beauty of jiuta, he teaches in eight cities and performs regularly on TV and radio, and has toured the United States, Canada and Europe. This is a rare chance to see a jiuta performer of his level perform in Seattle.
Check our Events Calendar for other performances and workshops in Seattle by members of Ginmeikai.
Tickets on sale now at http://www.acttheatre.org/Tickets/OnStage/TheBeautyofNoh#Tickets
Venue: ACT Theatre, 700 Union Street
Showdates: Friday, 9/26/2014 @ 7:00 pm
Saturday, 9/27/2014 @ 2:00 pm
Saturday, 9/27/2014 @ 7:00 pm
Sunday, 9/28/2014 @ 2:00 pm
This is a rare chance for Seattle audiences to see the Noh play, Tomoe, performed in traditional style by Munenori Takeda, one of Japan’s best-known Noh artists, and the Takeda Noh Troupe. Deriving from the classic Japanese epic, “Tales of the Heike,” Tomoe tells the moving story of the famous 12th-century woman warrior, Tomoe Gozen, and her ill-fated love for her master,Yoshinaka. In addition to Tomoe, the program will include Seattle’s own Garrett Fisher, who pays tribute to the universal qualities of Noh with his original work, Yoshinaka. It was inspired by the beauty of this classical theatre form and draws from the same Noh play, Tomoe.
We are grateful to the following organizations and individuals for their generous support of this project. This would not be possible without their support, donations, and in-kind contributions.
- The Consulate General of Japan in Seattle
- The City of Seattle Parks and Recreation Department
- The Seattle Japanese Garden Advisory Council
- The Fisher Ensemble
- ACT Theatre
- Japan-America Chamber of Commerce (JACC)
- Five Senses
- Garvey Schubert Barer
- Kohtoku Enterprise, Inc.
Mark your calendars for Friday, March 14th!
JACLab is excited to be bringing Noh master Munenori Takeda back to Seattle. He will be presenting a joint preview with Fisher Ensemble of their upcoming Noh double-bill performance slated for September 2014 at ACT Theatre.
Don't miss this sneak peek of a beautiful, groundbreaking and innovative collaboration between one of Japan's best young Noh masters and Seattle's very own, critically acclaimed Fisher Ensemble.
The March 14, 2014 Noh double-bill preview will include selections from the traditional Noh play, Tomoe, alongside excerpts from Garrett Fisher's Noh-inspired opera Kakitsubata.
The March performance will be held at ACT Theatre's intimate venue, Bullitt Cabaret. Seats are limited so please contact firstname.lastname@example.org by March 8th if you wish to reserve seats for you and your group.
When: Friday, March 14, 2014
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Doors open to the public for general seating at 6:30 pm
Where: ACT Theatre
700 Union St., Seattle
Price: Free Admission. There is a US$10 suggested donation at the door.
There will be a post-preview reception from approximately 8:15 pm - 9:00 pm so that guests and members of the press can meet Munenori Takeda and Garrett Fisher.