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September 2021

Sound of a Thousand Years: Gagaku Instruments from Japan

September 25, 2021 - May 1, 2022
SANTA BARBARA, CA 93106-9670 United States
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The Art, Design, & Architecture Museum at UCSB is currently displaying "Sound of a Thousand Years: Gagaku Instruments from Japan," an exhibition organized by Fabio Rambelli. Photograph by Daigengna Duoer. It is an exhibition on Gagaku, the ceremonial music and dance of the imperial court and the main Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines of Japan; as the oldest continuously performed orchestral music in the world (the tradition in Japan starts in the late seventh century), it has been designated by UNESCO…

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January 2022

Singing Beyond the Ivory Tower: South Korean Song Movement in the 1980s

January 20 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

In the 1980s, campus song clubs operated at the vanguard of writing, performing, and disseminating popular protest songs referred to as “people’s songs” (minjung kayo). Through their collective singing of socially conscious songs at such diverse venues as seasonal campus concerts, labor union meetings, and street protests, the amateur singer-songwriters spearheaded the expansion of student activism by transforming those events as key sites of praxis. In popularizing their songs, the singer- songwriters actively incorporated a diverse range of musical styles…

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