International Space Orchestra Performs with BECK in San Francisco May 20, 2013


The International Space Orchestra- picture Neil Berrett © Nelly Ben Hayoun

The International Space Orchestra – will be coming together to perform with American Singer BECK on 20th May 2013. Blending space science, planet-poking and bluegrass-playing spacecraft operators, the world’s first orchestra composed of space scientists –is about to lift off from San Francisco’s Davies Symphony Hall!

Come and join us for a very special performance, as part of the special ‘Song Reader’ Issue by POP-UP MAGAZINE and MC SWEENEY’S! 2,700 seats available and going on sale on 24th April HERE The International Space Orchestra (ISO) is a team of space scientists from the NASA Ames Research Center, Singularity University, International Space University and the SETI Institute. In the summer of 2012 in California, ISO performed Ground Control: An Opera in Space composed by a team including DAMON ALBARN (frontman of Blur and Gorillaz), BOBBY WOMACK, ARTHUR JEFFES from PENGUIN CAFE, MAYWA DENK, and two-time Grammy award winner EVAN PRICE, with a libretto by science- fiction author BRUCE STERLING. Amongst the members of ISO were a NASA Flight Controller conducting arias, a Payload Officer playing a baritone saxophone, a Capsule Communicator playing the triangle, a NASA center Deputy Director playing the gong and an astronaut playing percussion. Learn more about the event

About the International Space Orchestra

World first orchestra composed of Space Scientists from NASA Ames Research Center and SETI Institute

Blending space science, planet-poking and bluegrass-playing spacecraft operators, the world’s first orchestra composed of space scientists – the International Space Orchestra – is coming together to perform Ground Control: An Opera in Space. Inspired by our desire to understand the universe, and to rocket-propel our souls to further galaxies, Ground Control: An Opera in Space is performed by the International Space Orchestra, an assembly of star-spangled space scientists from NASA Ames, Singularity University, International Space University and the SETI Institute - as they perform a unique drama of non-terrestrial communication and the techno-wonders of mission control rooms.Directed by NELLY BEN HAYOUN, featuring original music by PENGUIN CAFE‘s ARTHUR JEFFES and music written by Blur and Gorillaz frontman DAMON ALBARN with BOBBY WOMACK and producer Richard Russell; and Japanese superstar and Otamatone inventor, MAYWA DENKI. With lyrics by science fiction author BRUCE STERLING and writer JASMINA TESANOVIC . Musical director: Two time Grammy-Award winner EVAN PRICE. In this tangential reality, your Flight Controller conducts arias and the Payload Officer works a baritone sax, while the Capsule Communicator plays the triangle. Merging science, technology, design and opera, Ground-Control: An Opera in Space, aims to reach the final frontier.

The International Space Orchestra, directed, created and co-produced by Nelly Ben Hayoun Studio, is an experiential and hybrid research laboratory, where space scientists have been invited to implement, deconstruct, perform, sing, mix, modify, and design musical acts in control rooms. It is a provocation to action: a call to imagine and disrupt future human relations to science; to adapt science to our creative needs.