of NEW YORK
Gagaku, Japanese Court Music and Dance, has its roots in ancient traditions from China and other Asian areas including India, Vietnam and Korea. Brought into Japan from the Chinese T’ang Dynasty court in the 8th century, it was refined over many centuries and preserved within hereditary families in Japan. Today, while still an important part of the ceremonies of the royal family and state shrines, Gagaku music and instruments are also enjoying renewed interest from contemporary musicians and composers internationally.
About the Artists
Tenri Gagaku Music Society of New York was founded in 1979 to promote cultural understanding through the appreciation of Gagaku. The Society is dedicated to education through performance and welcomes new members. It has appeared at Symphony Space, The American Museum of Natural History Silk Road Exhibition, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Japanese Embassy Residence in Washington DC, and Newark Museum among others. It is affiliated with Tenri Cultural Institute of New York (43A West 13th St., New York, NY 10011) and Tenrikyo Mission, New York Center (42-19 147th St., Flushing, NY). www.tenri.org