At last, we’re coming up on the finale of the Senju Flying Orchestra’s First Stage, which uses kites to bring music down from the heavens from kites in Senju. Even though it’s the finale, it doesn’t mean that the orchestra is ending. We’ll be setting off for our Second Stage soon. Over the past three years, I’ve been experimenting with the members of the Team Ensembles, who joined through open recruitment, affected by the weather and the winds. We eventually managed to get our kites to make music. From here on out, Shiro Yamamoto, a long-standing art technician with whom I’ve worked on multiple projects, will be taking over the task of seeing how to turn that achievement into an orchestra. Please look forward to their next kite performances in the New Year!
Following on the heels of the huge success of the Senju Flying Orchestra Ennichi, held in the Adachi fish market in March 2014, we’re returning to the first stage we performed on, the Arakawa Kasenjiki “Rainbow Square”. We’ll be introducing the techniques and knowledge behind music-making kites on their homeground! After you’ve enjoyed the mysterious sounds in the sky, there’ll be a talk at the nearby Anyouin Temple. Otomo Yoshihide and Shiro Yamamoto, who has worked for the Yamaguchi Center For Arts and Media as well as the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, along with those taking over from Yoshihide, will be sharing their thoughts on Senju Flying Orchestra, while explaining the method they use to “bring down sounds from the sky.” They’ve looked up at the sky and felt the winds from many places, not just Senju. A day where memories, from the past to the future, will dance in the sky. The journey to find the possibilities in sound and sky continues.
Otomo Yoshihide, Shiro Yamamoto, Yuichi Matsumoto, Ichiro Endo
Tokyo Metropolitan Government
Tokyo Culture Creation Project Office (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture)
Tokyo University of the Arts, Faculty of Music
OTOMACHI PROJECT (NPO)