突き詰めていくと、“Sound of Kyoto”とは鮮やかな音楽と映画のような映像を融合した、「フィルム・コンサート」である。エリア氏は“Sound of Vladivostok”(2017)で極東ロシアの「音」をコンセプトとして最初に採用しました。ドイツでこの作品は「観客はこれまでに存在しなかった、真のオーディオヴィジュアルの一形態を目撃することになった。新たな芸術形式が生み出されたのだ。」と評された。
“Sound of Kyoto”は日本国文化庁、京都芸術センターの後援のもと制作された。
Does each city have its own sound? Marios Joannou Elia is in search of the answer to this question in Kyoto, the cultural and historical heart of Japan. His concept “Sound of Kyoto” aims in an adventurous and unconventional way to musicalise the city in its entity and create a polytope of acoustic and musical events happening in a continuous timeline.
Distinct sounds that encapsulate the city’s rich heritage along with their visual aesthetics are used as sources for the creation of a new composition in which a musical cosmos unfolds that tells the story of Kyoto. “Sound of Kyoto” gives a contemporary musical voice to the entire prefecture, blending performances from over 560 musicians with natural sounds to capture Kyoto’s soul and spirit.
Being the imperial capital of Japan for more than a thousand years and filled with the poetry of nature, Kyoto is the scenery and the “stage” on which the music is performed and the city’s “own” voice is heard. Dozens of indoor and outdoor locations are included, such as the Kinkaku-ji Temple with the Golden Pavilion, the Geisha District Gion, the shoebox-style main hall of Kyoto Concert Hall, the Sagano Bamboo Forest, the idyllic landscape of Arashiyama, the rural village Miyama with its authentic thatched roof houses, and Kawashima Selkon Textiles, one of the oldest weaving mills in Japan.
Autumn in Kyoto is a vibrantly colored season thanks to the red and yellow leaves of autumn foliage. The picturesque fall scenery interwoven with the harmony of mountains, rivers, bridges, temples, shrines and alleys is inherent in the polyphonic perception of the music that includes Japanese traditional instruments, an electronic matryomin ensemble, choirs, symphonic and mandolin orchestras.
Ultimately, “Sound of Kyoto” is a film concert that blends a vibrant surround sound experience with cinematic images. Referring to “Sound of Vladivostok”, Elia’s first application of the concept “Sound of” in Far East Russia (2017), a German critic put it this way: “The audience witnessed a genuine audiovisual format that has not existed before. A new art form has been invented.”
“Sound of Kyoto” has been commissioned by the Agency for Cultural Affairs of the Government of Japan, the City of Kyoto and Kyoto Art Centre.