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Ellen Reid Soundwalk

Ellen ReidSOUNDWALKSocially-Distanced Sound Art at Wolf Trap


Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts
April 6 to Sep 6, 2021
Ellen Reid SOUNDWALK is a GPS-enabled work of free public art that uses music to illuminate the natural environment. Created by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Ellen Reid, SOUNDWALK is tailor-made for Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, created to encourage calm reflection and introspection, and can be experienced while following social distancing guidelines.
It’s as simple as:
  1. Install the free app
  2. Download the Wolf Trap SOUNDWALK
  3. Put on your headphones
  4. Press start
  5. Explore

Map for Wolf Trap SOUNDWALK

CREDITS: Ellen Reid, Composer and Sound Designer

Eclipse Projects - Producer
THE OFFICE performing arts + film - Producing Consultant
ECHOES.XYZ - App Design and Development
Playtime Studio, Los Angeles - Art
Daniel Neumann - Audio Engineer
Nadia Sirota - Remote Recording Producer

Music performed by SOUNDWALK Ensemble: Alex Sopp, flute
Joshua Rubin, clarinet
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 Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, the New York Philharmonic, Saratoga Performing Arts Center, The Mann Center for the Performing Arts in association with The Fairmount Park Conservancy, and Britt Festival Orchestra.

The project was made possible in part by the support of Wellcome’s international program Mindscapes, a cultural exploration of mental health.

Ellen Reid SOUNDWALK is presented by Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts in partnership with the National Park Service and Visit Fairfax. Additional local funding for this project is provided to Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts by the Virginia Tourism Commission.

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About the Composer
Ellen Reid is one of the most innovative artists of her generation. A composer and sound artist whose breadth of work spans opera, sound design, film scoring, ensemble and choral writing, she was awarded the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in Music for her opera, p r i s m. Along with composer Missy Mazzoli, Reid co-founded the Luna Composition Lab. Luna Lab is a mentorship program for young, female, non-binary or gender nonconforming composers. Since 2019, she has served as Creative Advisor and Composer-in-Residence for Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. Reid received her BFA from Columbia University and her MA from California Institute of the Arts. She is inspired by music from all over the globe, and she splits her time between her two favorite cities—Los Angeles and New York. Her music is released on Decca Gold.

Frequently Asked Questions: Where can I download the app?
You can download the app at the Apple App Store or Google Play here.

What is your COVID-19 Policy?
Please observe social distancing guidelines while experiencing Ellen Reid SOUNDWALK. For current guidelines on social distancing, visit National Park Service website.

Can children attend?

Can I attend with a friend or a group of socially-distanced friends?
Ellen Reid SOUNDWALK was designed with social distance in mind — it is best experienced when each participant uses their own smartphone and headphones. Feel free to bring anyone you’d like, but remember to keep a safe distance between members of different households.

Will my friends and I have a similar experience? Can I return and try it again?
Ellen Reid SOUNDWALK changes based on your location, so we encourage you to find new paths and sonic “easter eggs” on repeated visits. No two visits will be exactly the same!

Where should I enter?
You can enter Ellen Reid SOUNDWALK from any location within the covered area at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts. There is no specific or defined entrance.

What time of day can I visit Ellen Reid SOUNDWALK?
Ellen Reid SOUNDWALK is open during sunrise to sunset when Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts is open to visitors.  

How long will the performance take? Is there a time limit?
You can experience Ellen Reid SOUNDWALK for as long as you’d like! The infinitely changing soundscape can be experienced for a few minutes at a time or over an entire day spent exploring. We recommend planning at least 20-30 minutes to explore and enjoy.

Whom should I contact if I have a problem with the app?
If you have questions or comments, send an email to Ellen Reid SOUNDWALK on their contact page.

Is any of the music downloadable and shareable?
No, the music cannot be downloaded to share.

Ellen Reid Music (ASCAP) Worldwide rights administered by Soundrights Music (ASCAP), a division of Modern Works Music Publishing

All music ©2020-2021 Ellen Reid