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A new musical public art, SOUNDWALK, will begin in Ueno Park, celebrating its 150th anniversary

[Immersive music experience] — Enjoy with earphones via a dedicated free app using GPS

Tokyo Spring Music Festival 2023 x Ueno Park 150th Anniversary

"Ellen Reed Soundwalk featuring Kronos Quartet & Kronos' 50 for the Future"

Music changes like a kaleidoscope
A public art work to enjoy music in nature. A young Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and sound artist, Ellen Reed, has planned for the corona crisis, and many famous parks mainly in Europe and the United States (New York Central Park, London Regent's Park & ​​Primrose Hill, etc. ) is implemented.

At the Tokyo Spring Music Festival, "Ellen Reid SOUNDWALK featuring Kronos Quartet and Kronos' 50 for the Future" will be held in Ueno Park, which will celebrate its 150th anniversary in 2023.
This time, the first landing in Japan, the composer himself actually walked around Ueno Park and did the sound design. Depending on where you walk and the route you take, the music you hear from headphones and earphones will change like a kaleidoscope.

In a special area entitled "Kronos' 50 for the Future Forest—Kronos Forest", new sounds will be delivered as the seasons change from "50 for the Future" by the Kronos Quartet, which is very popular in Japan. You can Even after spring has passed, Ueno Park is filled with music all year round.

◆ Ellen Reed: Pulitzer Prize-winning up-and-coming composer and sound artist based in the United States

Kronos Quartet: The most famous and influential string quartet in modern times, celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2023

A dedicated free app is required to enjoy SOUNDWALK.

■ Click here to download the app
App Store: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/id1528147837
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=xyz.echoes.ellenreid

[For your enjoyment]
・Communication in the park may be unstable. Before going out, we recommend installing the app on your mobile phone and downloading "Ellen Reid SOUNDWALK" in a wireless LAN (Wi-fi environment).
・Press "START" in a location with strong mobile phone signal. The app works even in areas where radio waves do not reach, but radio waves are required to start.
・Make sure your mobile phone has enough battery left and be prepared to fully enjoy the music walk.

■ ​Simple steps

1. Install the free app "Ellen Reid SOUNDWALK"
2. Press "OPEN WALK" at the bottom of the "Ueno Park" page in the app to download
3. Put on your headphones/earbuds
4. Press "START"
5. Enjoy a musical walk

■Ellen Reid SOUNDWALK Overview
Period: March 6, 2023 [Mon] ~ (about 1 year)
Venue: Ueno Park
Music and Sound Design: Ellen Reed
Performance: Kronos Quartet (string quartet)
Shabaka Hutchings (shakuhachi, clarinet, saxophone)
Nadia Sirota (viola)
Program: Composition by Ellen Reed, from Kronos Quartet "50 for the Future"
▼ Click here for details

■ Crowdfunding
In order to implement a new initiative, we tried crowdfunding at the Tokyo Spring Music Festival and were able to achieve our goals. Thank you very much for your warm support.
▼ Click here for the crowdfunding page * Recruitment closed

■Ueno's spring tradition, Tokyo Spring Music Festival
The "Tokyo Spring Music Festival" is one of the largest classical music festivals in Japan, celebrating the arrival of spring in Tokyo with music set in Ueno, where the cherry blossoms are in full bloom. Beginning in mid-March, when the long winter is over and the news of the cherry blossom front begins to be heard, the city is dyed in cherry blossom color, and from the snowstorm to the fresh greenery, I want to celebrate the excitement of the city with classical music. and began in 2005.
In 2023, we will continue to colorize the arrival of spring in Tokyo with a variety of tones, from concerts such as operas, orchestras, and chamber music by leading domestic and foreign artists, to places where you can easily enjoy music on street corners.

Six points of "Tokyo Spring Music Festival 2023"
❶ High-quality classical music such as opera, orchestra, chamber music, etc. performed by leading domestic and foreign artists

❷ Numerous unique series projects unique to the Tokyo Spring Festival

❸ “Museum Concerts” at Ueno Park Art Museums and Museums

❹ “Tokyo Spring Festival for Kids” provides a place for children to meet opera and classical music during spring break.

❺ Ueno Park 150th Anniversary! Vibrant events such as the "Cherry Blossom Town Concert" are back!

❻ Implementation of live streaming distribution (paid) with high image quality and high sound quality

■Overview of “Tokyo Spring Music Festival 2023”
Period: Saturday, March 18, 2023 to Sunday, April 16, 2023
Venue: Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, Tokyo University of the Arts Sogakudo (on campus), Former Tokyo Music School Sogakudo, National Museum of Nature and Science, Tokyo National Museum, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, National Museum of Western Art, The Ueno Royal Museum, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation East Building Rising・Square 1F Earth Garden/Others
Organizer: Tokyo Spring Music Festival Executive Committee
Co-organizer: Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture
Support: Agency for Cultural Affairs, Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Taito Ward
Cooperation: Ueno Tourism Federation, Ueno Mountain Culture Zone Liaison Council, Ueno, a Global Capital of Culture New Plan Executive Committee
Support: Association for Corporate Support of the Arts Social Creation Arts Fund
URL: https://www.tokyo-harusai.com