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Tenchi-Garaku | やまとまほろば

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by Tenchi-Garaku

Contemporary music featuring Japanese traditional 'Gagaku' instruments with physical drums, synthesizers and piano. You can feel Japanese traditional 'Shinto' feeling and mood from their sounds.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Unebi Mizuyama
6:53 $2.50
2. Nishi No Kyo
4:12 $2.50
3. Takeda No Komoriuta
4:33 $2.50
4. Miwa Sakurai
4:03 $2.50
5. Iware Kashihara
5:01 $2.50
6. Amanokaguyama
2:13 $2.50
7. Uda Akino
4:37 $2.50
8. Furu Isonokami
4:15 $2.50
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Album Notes
Here comes the latest Album including 8songs inspired from ancient Nara & Kyoto. The Album title "Yamato Mahoroba" is Japanese archaic words. "Yamato" means "Japan" or "Nara (because Nara was the center of Japan)", and "Mahoroba" means "great and splendid land". A group of Osaka-area young men and women in the Shinto priesthood came together in August 2003, and started a one-of-a-kind musical mission. Their band is called Tenchigaraku, and its members consist of Shinto priests, Shrine maidens and Gagaku musicians. Gagaku & Kagura is a type of Japanese classical music formed as a fusion of Japanese native Shinto religious music and folk songs and dance, brought from the ancient civilizations of China and Korea between the 5th and 9th centuries. It was established in its artistic form around the 10th century and it has been passed down across many generations under the patronage of the Imperial Family to date. Tenchigagaku came into the world to present this oldest form of Japanese music as living art of strong presence and promise for future development through contemporary arrangements while carrying on the long tradition of Gagaku.

The music of Tenchigaraku is characterized by the unique crossover of “past and present” and “East and West” based on the theory originated by band leader Kazuya Kujime. Bridging a divide in musical scales of the Western and Classical Japanese music, Tenchigaraku performs both original music and cover tunes with Gagaku instruments such as the Hichiriki (oboe), the Ryuteki (transverse flute) and the Sho (mouth organ). Also in the mix are the Erhu (Chinese two-stringed fiddle) and the Morin Khuur (Mongolian bowed stringed instrument), as well as the more familiar instruments such as piano, drums, guitar and synthesizer. Changing freely its composition according to the tune, Tenchigaraku creates the open and fascinating world of Gagaku, literally meaning “graceful music,” of our time.

In August 2003, Tenchigaraku came into being and started performing mainly in the Osaka area, where most of the band members lived. From the very beginning, Tenchigaraku has attracted widespread media attention. In 2004, the band embarked on its first tour to France/Switzerland performing in Paris, Lyon and Geneva. In 2006, Tenchigaraku released its first CD as independent music artists. As the band began to play in-store concerts extensively, their activities set out to expand nationwide



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