To be precise, it’s the music and dance of Edo, which refers, among other things, to a period in Japanese history, the historical name of Tokyo, and a race in Star Trek. Since this is a concert of traditional Japanese music, we’re guessing it’s those first two definitions to which the title refers. Putting on the show are master performers of the Japanese Traditional Performing Arts Organization, which does not update its website very often. The performance itself will consist of pieces for nagauta, the traditional ensemble accompaniment for kabuki theater, and for koto, a large, stringed, zither-like instrument. Sounds pretty cool. Unrelated fun fact: did you know that between 1600 and 1945, Edo/Tokyo was leveled every 25 years or so by volcanoes, tsunamis, earthquakes, fires, and war? Also, here is an image of the city that dates to 1865, the same year the civil war ended. Nifty, this internet thing.
Music and Dance of Edo
Friday, September 10, 7 – 8 p.m.
The Norton Simon
411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena
Free with admission: $8; $4 seniors; students free