Gagaku, literally “elegant music”, is a term originally used in contrast with Zokugaku “popular music” and  denotes classical music. Gagaku in this sense originates from China and Korea, but differs fromJapanese Gagaku in the music itself. Japanese Gagaku covers the most ancient, classical music and dance and has found its perfect form in the 10th century. Gagaku is mainly performed at the Japanese Imperial Court, in aristocratic society and in important shrines and tempels. The Gagaku performed by the Music Department of the Imperial Household Agency now sets the standard.Performed by the Gagaku Ensemble of the Music Department of Imperial Household of Japan.



In Holland exclusively performed in Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, Amsterdam on August 25th and 26th 2012