Three shades of Gagaku

Japanese Buddhist chanting may be the most ancient form of Japanese music, but orchestral court music, known as gagaku, is well over a thousand years old. A full gagaku performance encompasses three forms of art — Kuniburi no Utamai, featuring ancient Japanese songs played on harp and flute, instrumental performances that accompany Japanese dance, and Utamono, danced to Japenese folk songs and sung Chinese poems.