WHAT IS THE TOKYO ACADEMY OF INSTRUMENTAL HERITAGE MUSIC?
The Tokyo Academy of Instrumental Heritage Music (TAIHM), a new global mecca for training in Japanese instruments (wagakki), is a living concept –- a people-to-people program made up of renowned masters of wagakki eager to teach talented protégés from anywhere globally and musicians eager to add wagakki to their own musical accomplishments and to incorporate wagakki pieces from the huge 20th- and 21st-century body of Japanese-composed music that is now barely known outside Japan into major repertoires of their home orchestras and ensembles both in Japan and abroad.
TAIHM was launched in September 2013, announcing its first program, the Global Artist Residency, designed for well-established Western wind instrumentalists abroad who wish to add the skill of playing a Japanese wind instrument to their already high level of achievement in Western music.
TAIHM looks forward to assisting in the preservation and future flowering of Japan’s magnificent heritage instruments and to the arts for which they play such a central role. We are certain TAIHM will be able to contribute to greater individual and more fruitful integration of the efforts of all of us who are devoting their energies to the renaissance of wagakki.