Collaborative Project A

Research Institute for Japanese Music Historiography, Ueno Gakuen University

1. Exhibition of sources for the study of Japanese music history
Japan possesses a rich body of sources for the study of music history. The Research Institute for Japanese Music Historiography has, since its founding in 1963, undertaken the systematic collection of materials necessary for a general history of Japanese music. This exhibition will display a wide range of written source materials and music instruments from its collection.
Venue: Orchestra Studio, 10th floor, Ueno Gakuen University
Dates: March 21 (18:30–20:30), March 22 (11:00–19:00), and March 23 (11:00–20:30)

Steven G. Nelson will deliver a one-hour commentary talk in English from 19:00 on the evening of Tuesday, March 21. A catalogue with commentary in both Japanese and English will be distributed free of charge.

2. Lecture-concert of ‘Tang music’ and Buddhist chant: Research-based ‘re-productions’ and current performance practice
A proposal has been made for a Congress roundtable with presentations by FUKUSHIMA Kazuo, SAKURAI Rika, ARAI Kōjun, Steven G. Nelson (coordinator) and ENDŌ Tōru. This lecture-concert will present pieces discussed therein.
Venue: Ishibashi Memorial Hall, Ueno Gakuen University
Date: March 22 (19:00–20:30)

Part 1: ‘Re-productions’ of ‘Tang music’
Solo pieces for the biwa (lute) and shō (mouth-organ), and the ensemble piece Jōgenraku with orchestral forces of the year 848. Commentary by Steven G. NELSON and ENDŌ Tōru; performance by Reigakusha.
Part 2: Modern performance practice of shōmyō, Japanese Buddhist chant
The ritual Rishu Zanmai as performed by priests of the Buzan branch of the Shingi Shingon sect. Commentary by ARAI Kōjun; performance by the Karyōbinga Shōmyō Research Group.

*Ueno Gakuen University, situated in the same Uenocultural zone as the Tokyo University of the Arts, the venue of the Congress, features this project. Over the last half century, the university has been a center for historical research on the music of both East and West, with its Research Institute for Japanese Music Historiography undertaking research on the music of Japan and its Asian roots, and its Institute for the Study of Musical Instruments undertaking research on the history of music of the West. The project presents concrete examples of the research (theory) that these institutes have undertaken, and demonstrate them with performance (practice) in concerts of intimately related music. (A bus service will be provided between the venues.)rvice will be provided between the venues.)