Tuning to the open air – Thurston Pond Soundwalk

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Thurston Pond Trail, Ann Arbor, MI, USA

Walking piece details

Duration 40 minutes

The project took place in collaboration with Virago, a  Detroit/Ann Arbor-based ensemble formed by Sofia Carbonara (percussion), Wesley Hornpetrie (cello), BethAnne Kunert (saxophone), and Meg Rohrer (violin/viola).

The soundwalk is a silent experience open to an individual or collective journey. Soundwalk invites participants to imagine sounds of the past, present, and future that are heard internally and externally to our ears. The project is rooted in deep listening and re-attuning our aural awareness through opening our ears to the activities in the soundscape.​

The event begins with a brief soundmaking act enacted by the musicians, then participants are invited to join a soundmaking at the end of the walk. They have the options of gathering natural objects to make sounds with, using their voice or body parts or continuing to listen in silence. Following the collective soundmaking, a 10-minute open dialogue is encouraged for any participants to share their listening experiences.

Akari Komura

Akari Komura

Akari Komura is a Japanese composer-vocalist. She grew up in Tokyo until she was twelve, then moved abroad due to her parent’s work to spend her teenage-hood in Indonesia. This transition impacted her to develop a deeper connection to music and to commun...

Near Thurston Pond Trail, Ann Arbor, MI, USA

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