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SUMIDA RIVER|Storm and Urge

An interactive music and art festival presented along the Sumida River, which is used as a huge stage, bringing together a great collective of people. Japan’s leading artists will showcase music, performances, and installations in two seasons: “Spring” and “Summer.” Looking back to the golden age of the Edo Period 200 years ago and paying respect to the long history of this district, this project will portray people intensively intermingling through artistic performances.

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EVENT OVERVIEW

Date:
Spring Season: Saturday, May 22nd and Sunday, May 23rd, 2021
Summer Season: mid-August to early September 2021 (TBC). Details will be announced later.

*Free live streaming events without audience (no registration necessary)
<Free Live Streaming Details>  https://bit.ly/3y61HBr

Spring Season programs

01
Program: Hama-rikyu Ambient
Artists: Shuta Hasunuma, Shuta Ishidsuka, itoken, Yoshio Ootani, Yu Ojima, Toshihiko Kasai, K-Ta, Utena Kobayashi, Tomohiko Gondo, Ryosuke Saito, Hiroki Chiba, Eriko Teshima, Chiaki Miura, Natsumi Miyaji, Sayaka Osaki, Fumiya Otonashi, Manami Kakudo, Saho Terao

Date and time: 6:30PM-8PM, Saturday, May 22nd, 2021
In case of rain, the performance will start earlier. To be announced at 12 noon, May 21st, the day before the event.
Venue: Hama-rikyu Gardens [No audience].
Free live streaming (no registration necessary)

The orchestra led by Shuta Hasunuma, “Shuta Hasunuma Philharmonic Orchestra,” will present a one-night-only outdoor concert to be streamed live in the garden with a new piece on the theme of waka poetry for this performance.

The Hama-rikyu Gardens have a long history, having served as a palace for the Tokugawa Shoguns and a detached palace administrated by The Imperial Household Agency, and are now open to the public as a Tokyo Metropolitan garden.

Shuta Hasunuma, who has colored many spaces with his light and spacious music, will create an ambient space that transcends space and time in one of Tokyo’s best gardens.
02
Program: Passing the Words
Main Artist:Seiko Ito
Artists: Kanie Naha, Kawagoe Cipher, Kurunchu from MAD City, GOMESS, Shinbashi Cipher, Shinpeita, SECRET COLORS, Shou U Tanaka, Dr. Makidashi, Namichie, Setsuko Miyao

Date and time:3PM-6PM, Sunday, May 23rd, 2021
Venue: MURASAKI PARK TOKYO [No audience]
Free live streaming (no registration necessary)

The river is symbolic as a boundary. The fire across the river. The other shore and this shore. In this age of fragmentation, this program aims to use words to “pass” people to each other.

The first half ( 3PM-5PM ) of the program features the workshop by Kanie Naha, Setsuko Miyao, and Shinpeita. The second half (5PM-6PM) of the program will be a dream feast of words by Seiko Ito and other wizards of words who are active at the forefront of the Japanese language, to be streamed live.
03
Program: ELECTRONICOS FANTASTICOS! “All Electronics Are Brothers”
Artist: Ei Wada + Nicos Orchest-Lab

Date and time:6PM-7:30PM, Sunday, May 23rd, 2021
Venue: MURASAKI PARK TOKYO [No audience]
Free live streaming (no registration necessary)

This project, led by artist Ei Wada, involves people from all walks of life to electronically hack disused electrical appliances and revive them as new musical instruments, with the aim of creating an orchestra. This project, which was born six years ago on the banks of the Sumida River, is currently being carried out by <Nicos Orchest-Lab> teams in Tokyo, Hitachi, and Kyoto, involving a wide variety of people.

On the day of the event, there will be a band performance using home appliance instruments that have been created so far, as well as new works such as instruments that use power generation mechanisms and instruments that use skateboards.
Organizers:
Tokyo Metropolitan Government
Arts Council Tokyo (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture)
Planning and Production:
NPO TOPPING EAST

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