Ei Wada, born in 1987 in Tokyo Japan, is a musician/artist whose concept is turning vintage electronic devices into musical instruments to create unique visual and music art pieces.
In 2009, he started a group named “Open Reel Ensemble” where they perform by manipulating reel-to-reel tape recorders. They perform in a range of different mediums, including concert performances, publishing CD/DVD/books, writing songs for movies and commercials, all the while establishing a music scene in the fashion industry. In recent years, the group held a concert with an orchestra that employed 20 open reels, and are constantly invited by renowned fashion designer, Issey Miyake, to perform at the brand’s runway shows.
The group won Japan Media Arts Festival awards for two of their projects, the “Braun Tube Jazz Band” where they install CRT televisions as musical instruments, and their installation art project, “Toki Ori Ori Nasu -Falling Records.” After performing in Sonar Festival and Ars Electronica Festival in Europe, they expanded their live performance and exhibition to various countries. In 2014, the group sucessfully presented their new installation art “Flying Records,” a work that ensembles balloons, analog recorders and reel-to-reel magnetic tapes.
『TAPE AND CLOTH』 released 2013.07.17
Open Reel Ensemble meets ISSEY MIYAKE
『OPEN REEL ENSEMBLE』 released 2012.06.27 first full album