September 24, 2016 - International Space Orchestra and Sigur Ros


Blending space science, planet-poking and bluegrass-playing spacecraft operators, the world’s first orchestra composed of space scientists – the International Space Orchestra (ISO) - is coming together to perform as the supporting act to Sigur Rós at the Hollywood Bowl on 24th September 2016, Los Angeles, CA, USA. 

The International Space Orchestra (ISO) is an assembly of star-spangled space scientists from NASA Ames Research Center, Singularity University, International Space University and the SETI Institute. ISO is a production by ‘manufacturers of the impossible’ Nelly Ben Hayoun (NBH) Studios and, for this occasion, ISO will be performing covers of Sigur Rós’ songs. Of the performance, Ben Hayoun says: “It is inspired by our desire to understand the universe, and to rocket-propel our souls to further galaxies, rocking up the universe above and beyond.” The ISO will perform with animated visuals inspired by the latest NBH studios and Dartmouth Films on-going production “The Life, the Sea and the Space Viking”. Beginning in the deepest depths of a prehistoric sea, and ending in the outermost reaches of a distant solar system, this project aims to unravel our "biological archeology", merging the fields of astrobiology, terraforming and the research of extremophiles. This bold journey, spanning time and space, is exploring our ever-evolving world and the cosmic wonders of what lie beyond. 

Come and join the ISO and Sigur Rós in an out of this world performance, a passage of time from the void to the full. 

Saturday, September 24, 2016 
Hollywood Bowl 
2301 Highland Ave, 
Los Angeles, California 90068 
Doors 6:00 p.m. // Show 7:45 p.m. 

Sigur Rós: 
World renowned Icelandic Post Rock Band, currently on tour. SIGUR RÓS consists of JÓN or (Jónsi) BIRGISSON (vocals, guitars), ORRI PÁLL DÝRASON (drums) and GEORG (Goggi) HOLM (bass). 

The International Space Orchestra: 
The International Space Orchestra is the world’s first orchestra of space scientists. Blending space exploration and bassoons; planet-poking and bluegrass-playing spacecraft operators – the International Space Orchestra’s members are individuals drawn from NASA Ames Research Center, SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence)Institute, Singularity University and the International Space University. The International Space Orchestra, is an experiential and hybrid research laboratory, where space scientists are implementing, deconstructing, performing, singing, mixing, modifying, and designing musical acts. It is a provocation to action: a call to imagine and disrupt future human relations to space science; to adapt space science to our creative needs.

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