Kronos Festival: Ellen Reid SOUNDWALK
June 12 - December 4Free
San Francisco’s beloved Kronos Quartet joins forces with Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Ellen Reid to bring this self-guided, musical experience to San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. Ellen Reid SOUNDWALK is a GPS-enabled work of public art that uses music to illuminate the natural environment. SOUNDWALK is tailor-made for its setting, created to encourage calm reflection and introspection, and can be experienced while following social distancing guidelines.
The listener guides the SOUNDWALK experience: the path you choose dictates the music you hear, and no two visits will be exactly the same. After installing the free smartphone app, participants can explore Golden Gate Park, triggering musical cells that harmonize with the park’s landscapes and attractions. Kronos, Reid, and other musicians recorded these compositions entirely from home in 2020 during the COVID-19 shelter-in-place order.
Other editions of SOUNDWALK have previously launched in New York, Los Angeles, and several other cities across the country. SOUNDWALK launches as part of the 2021 Kronos Festival (June 11–18) and is co-produced by McEvoy Arts in conjunction with the exhibition Next to You (May 28 – December 4). It will remain available in San Francisco through June 2024.