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The evening promises a spectacular encounter between contemporary Western and traditional Japanese music: the 7th to 9th ceremonial imperial court music “gagaku” is one of the oldest forms of music and is regarded as a “dignified, correct” musical embodiment of the cosmic order, capable of creating balance and cheerful serenity. A presentation of this ancient music by the Reigakusha Ensemble from Tokyo is followed by a world premiere by the Ensemble Modern of a score by  Norwegian composer Lars Petter Hagen. Finally, a piece by Flemish composer Frederic D’haene Music with Silent Aitake’s unites both ensembles, thus initiating a fascinating musical coexistence of both art forms and cultures.

Ensemble Modern * Reigakusha Ensemble, Tokyo * Conductor: Kaper de Roo * with kind support from Japan Foundation, Nomura Foundation as well as BHF Bank-Stiftung, Adolf und Luisa Haeuser-Stiftung für Kunst und Kulturpflege and Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung

Frankfurter Positionen