Please download the SOUNDWALK app prior to your arrival in Griffith Park and allow the app to use your location when prompted.
“[Ellen] Reid, in a word, has arrived” — Los Angeles Times
These are unprecedented times; we’re all experiencing the anxieties of living in an uncertain world. We miss our communities, and we miss the very thing that makes our cities special: the people.
I hope SOUNDWALK will inspire us and make us feel connected to something larger than ourselves. It is meant to serve as artistic nourishment - a place to recharge, reconnect, and re-energize.
— Ellen Reid, Composer
Ellen Reid SOUNDWALK is a free, GPS-enabled work of public art that uses music to illuminate the natural environment of L.A.’s Griffith Park. Created by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and sound artist Ellen Reid, the experience is guided by the listener: the path you choose dictates the music you hear, and no two visits will be exactly the same. After downloading the free app and putting on your headphones, you can explore the park, triggering musical cells that are carefully crafted to harmonize with the park’s landscape and attractions.
As a former Angeleno and CalArts Alum, Reid is “thrill[ed] to collaborate with the very soil of L.A. on this Soundwalk. Having this city at the center of this work means the world.” Griffith Park was selected as the locale by both the composer and CAP UCLA, who commissioned the L.A. version of this piece, because of its significance as a beloved and iconic public outdoor space shared and enjoyed by the city’s many diverse communities. The newly-written, cinematic score was rendered remotely by a patchwork of artists from across the country and features a world-premiere recording by Kronos Quartet created specifically for Griffith Park.
SOUNDWALK can be experienced while following social distancing guidelines and will be available free of charge to park visitors through 2023.
Ellen Reid, Composer and Sound Designer
Presented in Los Angeles by UCLA's Center for the Art of Performance (CAP UCLA)
Eclipse Projects - Producer
ECHOES.XYZ - App Design and Development
Playtime Studio, Los Angeles - Art
Daniel Neumann - Audio Engineer
Nadia Sirota - Remote Recording Producer
Nikolás Ixyar McConnie-Saad - Production Coordinator for Kronos
Music performed by:
David Harrington, violin
John Sherba, violin
Hank Dutt, viola
Sunny Yang, cello
Alex Sopp, flute
Joshua Rubin, clarinet
Hideaki Aomori, saxophone
Rachel Drehmann, horn
Riley Mulherkar, trumpet
Sidney Hopson, percussion
Kyle Poole, drums
Ashley Jackson, harp
Mathis Picard, piano
Ellen Reid, synthesizer
Eliza Bagg, voice
Mona Tian, violin
Nadia Sirota, viola
Gabriel Cabezas, cello
Russell Hall, bass
Ellen Reid SOUNDWALK was co-commissioned by the New York Philharmonic, Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, Mann Center for the Performing Arts in association with The Fairmount Park Conservancy, and the Britt Festival Orchestra.
Ellen Reid SOUNDWALK is made possible in part by the support of Mindscapes, Wellcome’s international cultural programme about mental health.
Funds in support of CAP UCLA's Griffith Park presentation provided by Fariba Ghaffari, Kiki and David Gindler, Raulee Marcus, and Marla Mayer and Chris Ahearn.
Kronos Quartet appears courtesy of Kronos Performing Arts Association
Janet Cowperthwaite, Executive Director
Mason Dille, Dana Dizon, Sarah Donahue, Reshena Liao, Kären Nagy
Ellen Reid Music (ASCAP) Worldwide rights administered by Soundrights Music (ASCAP), a division of Modern Works Music Publishing
All music ©2020-2021 Ellen Reid
We at CAP UCLA acknowledge the Gabrielino/Tongva peoples as the traditional land caretakers of Tovaangar (the Los Angeles basin and So. Channel Islands). As a land grant institution, we pay our respects to the Honuukvetam (Ancestors), ‘Ahiihirom (Elders) and ‘Eyoohiinkem (our relatives/relations) past, present and emerging.