Great music has the ability to transport you to a different place. Sometimes quite literally. Over the last few months, some interesting aural performances have been happening in venues that are not known for – or built for – live music.
One example is the Soundgardening series (pictured above) happening in the teahouse of Kiyosumi Teien in Kiyosumi Shirakawa. Like Shinjuku Gyoen, Kiyosumi Teien is a manicured garden with a traditional tea house overlooking its koi-filled pond. Artist Philippe Chatelain turns this quiet setting into a private listening area for digital musicians to create and share. Each member of the audience is provided with a champagne tasting (from sponsor Laurent-Perrier) and a pair of headphones. Like the Silent Disco of this summer, Soundgardening performances happen only in the ears of those present so that the ducks and cranes (and neighbors) a few paces away remain undisturbed.
Read the full piece at Japan Pulse.