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Gagaku | Domburako “Naked1 “

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We are pleased to announce the release of our gagaku project "DONBURAKO" in the form of a tape.

We are pleased to announce the release of our gagaku project "DONBURAKO" in the form of a tape.

We created this album in order to provide a soundtrack that can be easily enjoyed by those who are not familiar with Gagaku.

I hope you will enjoy this collection of intimate performances of gagaku by a small group of people.

It will be available online soon, and we will post more information when that happens.
Gagaku Performance | Domburako | Nasu Mifuji Kindergarten

Gagaku Performance |...

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Domburaco held a Gagaku concert at Nasu Mifuji Kindergarten in Nasu-machi, Tochigi Prefecture on December 20, 2022.

Part I (daytime)
Gagaku concert and dance workshop for kindergarten children

PartⅡ (evening)
Gagaku concert for adults


Both parts were very enjoyable.
Domburako “Kemono Tachikuru” (The Beast Comes Around)

Domburako "Kemono Ta...

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We are producing a performance movie by Taro Ishida and Oorutaichi's gagaku project "Domburako" + Yuuki Mashiko at our company.

We filmed and edited the dedication performance at Kinomata Valley (Nasushiobara City, Tochigi Prefecture) in early spring of 2021.

Japanese court music of “Gagaku” project DOMBURAKO 1st album “Kemono”

Japanese court music...

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Japanese court music of "Gagaku" project DOMBURAKO 1st album "Kemono"

DOMBURAKO by Taro Ishida and OORUTAICHI started in 2021

The first sound source was released as a special analog record edition.

Please take a look at our approach and thoughts on music production.

Japanese court music of "Gagaku" is a kind of traditional music and considered the oldest orchestra in the world.

Together with this "Gagaku", we "DOMBURAKO" have completed an album.
play – for Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum for the exhibition “Indigenous Brazilian Chairs: Wildlife and Imagination

play - for Tokyo Met...

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Taro Ishida composed the music for the exhibition "Indigenous Brazilian Chairs: Wildlife and Imagination" held at the Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum in the summer of 2018.
After several presentations to the core members of the project, including Toyojiro Hida, director of the Teien Art Museum, Toyo Ito, architect, and Shinichi Nakazawa, cultural anthropologist, I arrived at the conclusion that the music should be a solo piece on the Gakubiwa, an instrument used in gagaku, the ancient Japanese court music.
“The Bone Song” and “Banshoga” for “The Wall Painting Exhibition in the Golden Hall of Horyuji Temple” at the Tokyo University of the Arts

"The Bone Song" and ...

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Taro Ishida composed the music for the "Prayer of Besshin: The Horyuji Kondo Mural Exhibition" held at the Chinretsukan, The University Art Museum, Tokyo University of the Arts in 2014.

This was an interesting exhibit that included a reproduction and animation of the actual dimensions of the mural paintings in the Golden Hall of Horyuji Temple, which were destroyed by fire in 1949.

The museum offered me to compose two pieces of music. One was based on gagaku music, and the other was based on Syomyo.

Gagaku is basically an orchestra-like ensemble of a large group of musicians, but going back in time, it seems that there were also solo performances of Gaku-biwa.


I was fortunate enough to hear a performance by Nakamura Kahoru, a master Gaku-biwa player who performs solo in Japan today, and I thought I would like to use this as the basis for my composition.
Gagaku Concert @ Omishima Ken Iwata Mother and Child Museum

Gagaku Concert @ Omi...

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On October 15, 2016, we held a Gagaku concert at the Iwata Ken Museum for Mothers and Children in Omishima, Imabari City, Ehime Prefecture.
Gagaku “Kyoto Sawano-ike, Kemono” Performance

Gagaku "Kyoto Sawano...

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In November 2021, we performed at Sawano-ike in Kyoto with the group "Domburaco" with real Gagaku players.