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Geza

【下座】

【GEZA】

 
  • Inside of Kuromisu where the Geza music is performed.
  • <Let’s take a look at the instruments.>Shime-daiko
  • <Let’s take a look at the instruments.>Daibyoshi
It is a sound effect of Kabuki played inside Kuromisu (black blind) located at the left side of the main stage. The effect is also called Geza music, Kuromisu music, or Kagebayashi. There are roughly three divisions in Geza: first one is called Uta, a song accompanied by the Shamisen. The second is a tune called Aikata that is played by Shamisen. The last division is Narimono, an instrumental sound produced with the hand drums, the flute, or the drum to express the aspect of the natural phenomenon such as the rain, snow, wind, or sea wave, as well as the appearance of ghosts. It is said that there are more than 800 tunes for Geza. The music is played in accordance with the character’s emotions and the setting of a scene.

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