Keiichiro Shibuya ＋ Hatsune Miku『THE END』
Performance at SOU Festival in Georgia
Keiichiro Shibuya + Hatsune Miku will perform “THE END” as official invited performance in SOU Festival being held 15 May to 5 July 2017 in Tbilisi, Georgia.
Hatsune Miku is a humanoid persona voiced by Vocaloid, a singing synthesizer application. She is a 16-year-old anime character, who gave rise to the Vocaloid culture throughout Japan. Now tickets for her 3D concerts are sold-out. She is a popular pop star in Japan.
Keiichiro Shibuya ‘invited’ her to sing in his first vocaloid opera “THE END”. The opera without a human vocalist was constructed from multi-screen 3D images and electronic sound. She starts her journey with the existential question: “Will I die too?” The hologram pop star reflecting on her existence offers her audience unbelievable audio and visual show.
In this festival prominent performers take part in, the ensemble of Steve Reich（ by Ensemble Modern）, Brian Eno, Stephen O’Malley（known as the guitarist of Sunn o))) ), Alva Noto, William Basinski and Zeena Parkins etc.. In the last one, Ryoji Ikeda, Blixa Bargeld （the former member of Einstürzende Neubauten）and Raster-Noton performed.
Keiichiro Shibuya + Hatsune Miku play as the key performer at the closing performance of the festival, in Georgian National Opera and Ballet Theater of Tbilisi. The hall is known as the traditional opera theater opened in 1951.
Since “THE END” was unveiled in 2012, Japan, it has been performed in France, Netherlands, Germany and Denmark. Then it will be performed in all parts of the world centering on Europe.
It has achieved unprecedented success as an opera fused with technology and drawn many people’s attention increasingly.
Venue：Tbilisi Opera and Ballet Theatre
Date：5 July 2017（Fri）