Utagoe (音声), the title for this performance in Japanese, has several meanings in classical Japanese, two of which are the inspiration for this performance. The literal meaning of the characters, “sound and voice,” describes the elements of gagaku that will be performed, the instruments—ryuteki and kagurabue, two transverse flutes, and hichiriki, the double reed woodwind--will provide the sound and songs from the vocal repertoire will be the voice. It also refers to the sound of kangen, instrumental music. A small sample of instrumental and vocal music from the kangen and kagura repertoires will be performed; the performance will be followed by a question-and-answer session.
Dr. LeRon Harrison is a scholar of Japanese poetry and Japanese imperial court music. He received his BA in Japanese Language and Literature from UC Berkeley, MA in Japanese from Indiana University, and PhD in East Asian Languages and Literatures from UC Irvine and taught at UC Irvine, Stanford, University of Oregon, and Murray State University. His research interests focus on waka, Japanese court poetry and the appropriations of and interactions with Chinese poetry.
This event is organized by the Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies and Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures with support from the Department of Education Title VI grant, and co-sponsored by the Humanities Research Institute, Spurlock Museum of World Cultures, and Robert E. Brown Center for World Music.