Brian Eno: Apollo
Performance is a part of the Opera Nova 2019 festival.
Widely regarded as Brian Eno’s most significant ambient album, Apollo was
composed by Brian Eno, Roger Eno and Daniel Lanois and originally intended for
Al Reinert’s documentary on the Apollo space missions, For All Mankind,
although it was never realised in the originally intended form.
Debuting at London's Science Museum in 2009 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Apollo moon landings in an arrangement by South Korean composer Woojun Lee, Icebreaker and guest pedal steel guitarist BJ Cole return the music to its original conception, as a non-narrative counterpart to NASA footage from the Apollo programme: matching the mesmerising beauty and tranquil mystery of the moon and Earth; the dizzying scale and humbling feat of engineering involved; and capturing the banality and the humour of the astronauts as they skitter about the moon’s surface.
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