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Love The Earth: Eric Clapton And Other Major Artists To Take Part In Expo 2005

Published // 11.Mar.04

EXPO 2005: “Love the Earth” - Artists of the world to deliver messages through music - Eric Clapton, other major artists to take part in musical program

The 2005 World Exposition, Aichi, Japan, will be held for 185 days beginning on March 25 of next year. The theme of this global gathering, which will take place in the Nagoya Eastern Hills (Nagakute Town, Toyota City, and Seto City) in Aichi Prefecture, is to be “Nature’s Wisdom.”

As part of EXPO 2005, the “Love the Earth” musical program will be particularly significant. The EXPO 2005 organization is proud to announce that Eric Clapton and other top musicians from around the world will take part in “Love the Earth.”

In addition to the pavilion exhibits, the EXPO 2005 Association will also be host to a number of special events designed around one of our key phrases: “Let’s Connect at EXPO 2005.” The “Love the Earth” musical program will be key among these events, symbolizing both this key phrase and the theme of EXPO 2005 as a whole.

“Love the Earth” will deliver a powerful message to the world through the “global language” of music. It will serve as a touchstone for the ideals of exchange between various people and cultures, and will also reemphasize humanity’s ties to nature and the Earth. Major artists from Japan and around the world will come together and perform at EXPO 2005; they will also be presenting their messages to the world during the preparatory stage of the international gathering.

The EXPO 2005 organization is pleased to announce that top guitarist Eric Clapton, a leading figure on the global music scene for 40 years, will be playing a major role in “Love the Earth.” Mr. Clapton is offering his support for EXPO 2005 and the “Love the Earth” message. He is joining EXPO 2005 as Executive Music Consultant, and he has written a new song, titled “Say What You Will,” as a theme song. This song will be released as part of the “Love the Earth” compilation CD, which will be available before EXPO 2005 kicks off. The song will also see use in a wide range of advertising and public-relations work, helping to raise the profile of EXPO 2005.

This program will involve a number of famous artists from around the world. These include Yo-Yo Ma, the world-renowned cellist whose musical creations inspired by the folk music of peoples living along the Silk Road are infused with the spirit of cultural understanding; and Sarah Brightman, the soprano singer who is said to possess the world’s most beautiful voice.

“Love the Earth” Program Overview

EVENT OUTLINE
“Love the Earth” will be a central part of the EXPO 2005 events. Designed around musical entertainment, “Love the Earth” will deliver a powerful message to the world through the “global language” of music. It will serve as a touchstone for the ideals of exchange between various people and cultures, and will also reemphasize humanity’s ties to nature and the Earth.

Major artists from Japan and around the world will take part in “Love the Earth.” There will be live performances at EXPO 2005, the release of a “Love the Earth” compilation CD, and other musical undertakings. Highlights of the program are as follows:

  • In addition to the three major artists already announced, we will be inviting other musicians from Europe, North America, Asia, and within Japan to join “Love the Earth,” making it a truly global program befitting its position in EXPO 2005.
  • The artists will present songs matching the theme of “Love the Earth,” which will be compiled into a CD and released before the beginning of EXPO 2005.
  • The artists will deliver the “Love the Earth” message through media appearances and other events, both in Japan and around the world, during the period leading up to EXPO 2005 as well as during the event.
  • Live concerts will be held during the 185 days of EXPO 2005 in venues including the EXPO Dome, EXPO Hall, and EXPO Plaza. (Separate announcements will cover the schedule of live performances and the participating artists.)

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS (as of March 11, 2004)

  1. Eric Clapton. Mr. Clapton will serve as the Executive Musical Consultant for EXPO 2005. He is also providing the original theme song, “Say What You Will,” along with advice on ways to promote the “Love the Earth” program.
  2. Yo-Yo Ma.
  3. Sarah Brightman.

Other participating artists will be announced as soon as they are selected.

For the latest information on the "Love the Earth" program or any of the artists involved, please view the official website of the Japan Association for the 2005 World Exposition. http://www.expo2005.or.jp