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Music Mondays: Noriaka Mita

The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles continues its Music Mondays Virtual Performance program with Gagaku expert Noriaka Mita live from Japan.

The 25 minute Facebook Live event starts at 6pm on JFLA’s Facebook page. If you miss it, the performance will be archived on their Youtube page.

Gagaku is believed to be the oldest of the Japanese traditional performing arts. It combines three distinct arts that include ancient Japanese songs accompanied by harp and flute, instrumental music with a ceremonial dance drawing inspiration from continental Asia, and vocal music with lyrics from Japanese folk songs and Chinese poems. Learn more about Gagaku at Unesco.


“Chair of Mita Noriaki Gagaku Academy in Tokyo, Japan, Mita began studying Hichiriki, Gaku-soh, and U-mai at the age of 9 under Suemasa Abe (Ex-chief master of court music of Imperial Household Agency, department of music and dance). He has also mastered the art of Sa-mai (such as “Ranryo-Oh”) under Shogo Anzai, and has danced “Nasori” at the National Theater of Japan and other various stages as a member of Tokyo Gakuso, led at that time by Tadamaro Ohno. He has gained popularity for combining his explanation of Gagaku with performance (Gagaku Lecture Concert), and in 1995, he introduced Gagaku to audiences at New York Carnegie Hall. Throughout his life, many amazing players have influenced and taught Noriaki how Gagaku should be, and these are moments he treasures to this day.  In 2000, he started a project called “Gagaku, Returning to Asia” with fellow musicians, dancers and researchers in China, Korea, Vietnam, and Taiwan. He and his colleagues have been visiting each other’s countries to hold various events such as conferences, workshops, and concerts. “

“On Facebook Live, he will be performing with Harumi Mita, Yoshie Suzuki, and Chihiro Mita. They belong to Mita Noriaki Gagaku Academy.  They will be demonstrating Gagaku as well as traditional dance performances.” For more about Mita, visit: http://gagaku.asia

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