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Maria Bakkalapulo

Maria Bakkalapulo is a Miami-based journalist and ethnomusicologist. She has been documenting events around the globe in locations as varied as Indonesia, Scotland and USA. She recently directed a film about veterans hunting Burmese pythons in the Florida Everglades.

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Gagaku, Japanese Imperial Court Music

Gagaku is the oldest form of classical music in Japan. It thrived in Japanese imperial courts from the 700s. The tradition is rarely performed outside of Japan. But reporter Maria Bakkalapulo attended a performance in Scotland and tells us about it.