Edinburgh International Festival
Imperial Court Music and Dance of Japan
Performed by the Musicians of the Imperial Household Agency, Tokyo
"Gagaku is the world’s oldest living orchestral tradition. This music of unforgettable elegance and beauty dates back to 5th century Japan. Performed by a powerful ensemble of wind instruments, plucked strings and deeply resonant percussion, its slow-moving melodies and exquisite harmonies suggest a serene world of ancient ritual and contemplation." - programme note...