The first part of the concert was for children from Mifuji Kindergarten.
We played representative pieces of classical Gagaku such as Etenraku.
Then, we played a variety of instruments such as Hichiriki, Gakubiwa, Sho, Ryuteki, Taiko,
Gongs, Synthesizers, etc.
The children enjoyed the sounds of the various instruments one by one.
In the latter half of the concert, Kaoru Nakamura gave a lecture on Gagaku dancing.
It is not often that children have the opportunity to experience real Gagaku,
but it is important for them to have this kind of experience when they are young.
I believe that even one experience like this at a young age will have a positive impact on their lives.
The pieces performed in the second part are
Amaranjo (classical gagaku)
Etenraku (classical Gagaku)
Goshogaku (classical gagaku)
Umbilical Cord (original)
Gagaku is basically performed by a large group of people at once.
This time, however, we tried a little ingenuity in the Amaranjo and Etenraku.
For example, in Etenraku, we played the sounds of Sho, Gakubiwa, Ryuteki, and Hichiriki, gradually building up the sounds so that the audience could experience the structure of Gagaku.
In addition, the performance was designed to express a new world of music different from the so-called classical Gagaku by layering Oorutaichi's singing and analog synthesizers on the Gagaku.
In this concert, the emphasis is not only on the performance, but also on explaining the music in words.
It is very good to just experience Gagaku, but it is also very important to convey various things through words, and I wanted the audience to take away something from the performance.
Before the performance, Mr. Takahashi, the principal of Mifuji Kindergarten, gave a lecture, and after the performance, we took time to answer questions from the audience.
After the performance, people who were interested in Gagaku asked questions directly to the performers.