International Space Orchestra at the Fillmore


The International Space Orchestra will join on stage with the band Savages and perform two of the rock group’s songs – Adore and Mechanics – at their concert at the world famous Fillmore on Tuesday, 19th April, San Francisco. Inspired by our desire to understand the universe, and to rocket [...]

International Space Orchestra Performing with Savages


THRILLED TO ANNOUNCE ROCK BAND SAVAGES + INTERNATIONAL SPACE ORCHESTRA AT THE FILLMORE IN SAN FRANCISCO, 19th APRIL. 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 two songs Adore Life and [...]

The International Space Orchestra record is back from space


Stamped after traveling back from the International Space Station, on board of the Soyuz Rocket, here is the International Space Orchestra’s record!  On Tuesday, May 5th, ISO trumpet player BJ Navarro, received pictures from ESA Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti who brought the ISO music Compact Disc to ISS. And now it [...]

International Space Orchestra recording orbits Earth


International Space Orchestra member, trumpet player BJ Navarro, Assistant Chief, Flight Systems Implementation Branch at NASA Ames Research Center, was able to arrange to put the International Space Orchestra (ISO) music in space. Literally. On Tuesday, May 5th, BJ received amazing pictures from ESA Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti who brought the [...]



Two Ardusat (Arduino based Nanosatellites run by Nanosatisfi) Carrying ISO’s Ground-Control: An Opera in Space Recordings Launched Into Space on 4th August 2013. On 19th November 2013, these Ardusats got released from the International Space Station by the six-member Expedition 38 crew. The orbiting residents worked with mission controllers around the world on [...]



See the launch here Two ArduSat (Arduino based Nanosatellite run by Nanosatisfi) Carrying ISO’s Ground-Control: An Opera in Space Recordings Launched Into Space on 4th August 2013. GROUND-CONTROL: AN OPERA IN SPACE first performed by the International Space Orchestra (ISO) in September 2011 in front of the World Largest Windtunnel in [...]

International Space Orchestra+Beck+Pop Up Magazine+Mc Sweeneys


NOW SOLD OUT 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 [...]

International Film Festival Rotterdam


The International Space Orchestra feature film (57 min) will premiere on Friday 25th January 2013 at the prestigious  Rotterdam International [...]

ISO group picture and Teaser film!


News After a triumphant world premiere performance at  ZERO1 Biennial on 13th September 2012, the International Space Orchestra is BACK! [...]

Rusty Hunt


Rusty plays Bari Sax loudly in the ISO and also tries to sing Bass. On his 49th birthday, Rusty was the NASA Flight Director when the LCROSS team hit the Moon’s South Pole and found buckets and tons of ice in the permanently shadowed Cabeaus crater, re-writing science textbooks and [...]

Mike Smith


 The International Space Orchestra is very honored to have Gorillaz ‘s musical director on board! Mike has arranged Damon Albarn’s composition for Bobby Womack and the International Space Orchestra. A Graduate of Leeds College of Music and Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, Mike has for many years, [...]

Emeline Paat-Dahlstrom


Emeline Paat-Dahlstrom, VP, Operations, Singularity University Emeline has degrees in Physics, and Earth and Space Science, and attended the ISU summer [...]



We are very honored to announce that Tim Gagnon and Jorges R.Cartes, Official NASA Fight Crew Patches makers, will design [...]

Martin Thoolen


Martin Thoolen, Head of Drug Development, Edison Pharmaceuticals Martin plays contrabass. Hailing from the Netherlands, he and his family have [...]

Dr. Chris Welch


Dr Welch is Director of MSc Programs at the International Space University (ISU) in Strasbourg, France. He has a PhD [...]

Peter I. Robinson


Peter was born in San Francisco. A father of three teenage girls and a husband to a yoga teacher, he [...]

Jonathan Knowles


Jonathan Knowles is a senior advisor to the CEO and CTO at Autodesk providing thought leadership and insight on the intersection of emerging technology and social trends, the impact of discontinuous innovation, and beyond the horizon technologies. Knowles is a former faculty member of the Claremont Colleges, a lifelong learner [...]

Shea A.J. Comfort


Shea A.J. Comfort first discovered the Armenian duduk while he was a university student in Paris, France.  His ensuing search for duduk recordings led him to Djivani, the first Armenian traditional music ensemble in France. He studied and eventually played with them during the next four years until he completed [...]

Dr. Simon P. (“Pete”) Worden


So delighted to have Dr. Pete Worden on board of the International Space Orchestra! Dr Pete Worden will be playing the gong! Simon P. (“Pete”) Worden, Ph.D. (Brig. Gen., USAF, Ret.) (born 1949, in Michigan) is Director of NASA‘s Ames Research Center (ARC) at Moffett Field, Calif. Before joining NASA, [...]

Bob Crow


Bob Crow plays the baritone saxophone in the NASA-Ames big band.  Well into his 8th decade, he is rather retired.  However, rather than using idle time to consort with cutthroats, gamblers and thieves, he edits an economics journal, serves on a bank’s board of directors, and keeps his saxophone company [...]

Sarah Groves Hobart


Sarah does software engineering and space systems engineering at NASA.  At home she dreams about space and sometimes singing outside the shower.  She’s thrilled at the opportunity to combine both of those dreams with ISO!  Notable things she is doing at NASA include working with others to fly a lunar [...]

Yvonne Cagle


The International Space Orchestra met with new member and NASA Astronaut Yvonne Cagle! Such an honor to have you on board! Yvonne Cagle received her bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from San Francisco State University in 1981, and a doctor of medicine degree from the University of Washington in 1985. She [...]

Matthew Linton


Matt Linton has spent a decade at NASA Ames as an engineer and member of the NASA “Disaster Assistance and Rescue Team” – an all-hazard Urban Search and Rescue team.  Composed of NASA technicians, engineers and other staff, the team employs the professional skills of the NASA family to solve [...]

NASA Ames Windtunnels


The International Space Orchestra is looking for the best performance site in NASA Ames…! Here is a series of views of the 80 by 120 foot wind tunnel (world’s largest),located at NASA Ames Research Center. You can read more on NASA Ames Aeromechanics department here  and here The 80 by [...]

Ralph Bach


Ralph Bach grew up in suburban New Jersey and graduated from Columbia High School (South Orange) in 1949. In high school Ralph was active in athletics, and played trumpet in the concert band, orchestra, and dance band. He went on to Lehigh University, majoring in electrical engineering, and graduating with [...]

Sheila A.Johnson


Very lucky to have Sheila A.Johnson from NASA outreach team as the International Space Orchestra’s NASA project Manager!

Annette Rodrigues


Over the course of her 36-year career in aerospace, Annette Rodrigues has left an indelible imprint of accomplishment and service [...]

Mike Wilson


Mike Wilson was thrown out of MIT in 1981 with a BS in chemistry. In 1988, he was similarly ejected [...]

Veronica Phillips


Veronica Phillips recently joined the ranks of Stinger Gaffarian Technologies, Inc., a NASA contractor, as a technical writer. At SGT, [...]

Aleta Hayes


Aleta Hayes is a contemporary dancer, choreographer, performer, and teacher in Stanford Department of Theater and Performance Studies. Before her appointment at Stanford, Ms. Hayes taught for eight years at Princeton University in the Program in Theater and Dance and the Program in African American Studies. While at Princeton, Ms. [...]

Al Globus


Al Globus started as a musician, playing guitar, bass, saxophone and singing around LA, San Francisco and Boston.  He was [...]

Barbara Jo Navarro


BJ Navarro joined NASA Ames Research Center in October 1989. She is a recipient of the prestigious NASA Silver Snoopy, which is awarded by the U. S. Astronauts for outstanding contributions towards space flight safety and mission success. In her career, Ms. Navarro has lead life science space flight projects, [...]

Derek Love


Derek Love is a Equal Employment Specialist for NASA Ames Research Center.  Derek was born in Richmond Virginia. Shortly after graduating high school Derek enlisted in the United States Army. Derek’s military assignments include Babenhausen Germany, Vicenza Italy, Frankfurt Germany, Okinawa Japan, Fort Bragg North Carolina, Fort Hood Texas, Fort [...]

Dr.John Cumbers


 John Cumbers has been working as a synthetic biologist at NASA Ames since 2008 where he was instrumental in starting NASA’s Synthetic Biology Program and where he co-chaired the first workshop on the applications of synthetic biology to NASA’s mission. John has a Ph.D in Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, and [...]



A history of my horn playing and experience in air and space by Arthur Schwartz In the 4th grade, I borrowed a single horn from my public school in New Rochelle, NY.  In 1945, I used my Bar Mitsvah gift money to buy a King double horn which I still [...]

Francis X. Caradonna (“Frank”)


Frank is an aeronautical engineer specializing in basic experimental and computational aerodynamics of helicopter rotors. A graduate of Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Stanford university, he has worked for the U.S. Army Aeroflightdynamics Directorate for the past 42 years – at the NASA Ames Research Center in California. Frank is happily [...]

Zhenzhen Cumbers


 Zhenzhen Cumbers grew up in Mountain View, CA and has been acting since she was a young child.  She regularly plays and sings and loves to be around new people.  She has long dreamed of going into space, ever since she saw the Curiosity Rover landing on Mars when she [...]

Terence Pagaduan


Terence Pagaduan is responsible for Intergovernmental relations at NASA Ames Research Center

Meeting with Jack Boyd


I have been lucky enough to meet with Jack Boyd! Here is a bit more on the incredible story of Jack Boyd and NASA Ames. Jack is part of the International Space Orchestra. Jan 15, 2012  marked the 65th anniversary of the day that Jack Boyd, senior advisor to the [...]

Marianne Ryan


Marianne Ryan serves as Director of Leadership & Engagement at Singularity University. She’s also an alum of Singularity University’s first Graduate Studies Program in 2009. Marianne is an ethicist and attorney whose work explores the humanistic impact of disruptive innovation upon our personal values, as well as our relationships with [...]

Scott Poll


Scott Poll is the Deputy Lead of the Diagnostics and Prognostics Group in the Intelligent Systems Division at NASA Ames Research Center. He is also leading an effort to incorporate technologies originally developed for NASA’s aerospace missions into Sustainability Base, a LEED Platinum office building recently constructed at the Ames’ [...]

Leighton F. Anunciacion


My name is Leighton Anunciacion, contractor with Deltha-Critique at NASA Ames Research Center.  I work in the Technology Partnerships Division as an Agreements Specialist Coordinator and also support various projects within the division.  Music has been a part of my life from a as long as I can remember.  My [...]

Dr.Janice Bishop and Lukas Gruendler


Dr. Janice Bishop is a chemist and planetary scientist who explores the planet Mars using spectroscopy. Her investigations of CRISM data of Mars are revealing clays and sulfates in the ancient rocks that provide information about the geochemical environment at that time. Dr. Bishop studies the spectral fingerprints of minerals [...]

Paul K Davis


Paul K. Davis (viola) was born in Kentucky and raised in Indiana.  He earned a Ph.D. in physics from the University of California, Berkeley, using inert gas mass spectroscopy to study meteorites and the moon samples brought back by the Apollo missions.  In industry he has worked on energy conservation [...]

Aileen Aniciete


Administrative Assistant Intern. Currently attending Mission College in Santa Clara, California majoring in Business Administration with a concentration in Packaging [...]

Michael A. K. Gross


Michael A. K. Gross works as a software and systems engineer for SOFIA, a 2.5 meter infrared telescope mounted in an open cavity in the aft section of a 747SP airliner. Infrared astronomy involves looking at astronomical objects of “moderate” temperature – cooler than optical stars. Among other things, this [...]

Ted Garbeff


Ted Garbeff is a research engineer at the experimental fluid physics branch at NASA Ames Research Center. His work is focused towards the design of wind tunnel experiments, with an emphasis on model instrumentation and controls. Over the past five years Ted has been involved in several successful wind tunnel [...]

David Roland


Currently a Senior System Administrator for the NAS Supercomputers at NASA Ames Research Center, this is David’s third “tour of duty” at Ames. He was an Aerospace Engineer and came to NASA in 1975 from Douglas Aircraft Company in Long Beach to work in the Aerodynamic Division surface modeling on [...]

Karna Sigurðardóttir & Viktor Sebastian


Karna Sigurðardóttir & Viktor Sebastian direct and produce poetic and observational documentary movies primarily related to ethnographic subjects and the creative fields (design, fashion, food, music). Karna and Sebastian work world wide and their clients and collaborators include Helen Rödel, Nelly Ben-Hayoun, Iceland Design Centre, Duo Harpverk, Vopnafjörður Council, MAKE [...]

Vanessa Kuroda


Vanessa Kuroda,seen here taking measurements in the LADEE 10K cleanroom, is an electronics engineer supporting the Lunar Atmosphere Dust Environment Explorer (better known as LADEE) common bus spacecraft project at NASA Ames Research Center, which is set to launch in fall 2013 to orbit the moon, characterize the lunar dust [...]

Matthew Daigle


Matthew Daigle is a Research Computer Scientist in the Intelligent Systems Division at NASA Ames Research Center. His research focuses [...]

Karen and Katherine C. Bradford


Karen C. Bradford is the Chief of Staff at NASA Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, CA and has served as a civil servant for 24 years.  Serving as Chief of Staff at NASA Ames includes a variety of complex and changing challenges that range from managing VIP visits, national [...]

Jorges Cartes R- Mission Patches


Jorges R. Cartes has worked with Timothy Gagnon on mission patches for NASA Flight crews since 2010 I’m 53 years old. [...]

Johnathan W Conley


John Conley is a spaceman in training.  After pursuing undergraduate degrees in mechanical engineering and physics at the University of [...]

Kurt K. Klaus


Kurt Klaus is a hybrid; a planetary geologist working in advanced computing for an engineering company. He worked for 9 [...]

First Visit at NASA Ames


Nelly Ben Hayoun and team have just arrived in California! This mark the beginning of the International Space Orchestra! The International Space Orchestra has lift off! Blending space science, planet-poking and bluegrass-playing spacecraft operators, the world’s first orchestra composed of space scientists is coming together to broadcast the first-ever orchestral [...]

Phoebe Greenwood!


The International Space Orchestra is delighted to have Phoebe Greenwood on board! Phoebe is a marvelous project manager and she will be working with Nelly Ben Hayoun on making the International Space Orchestra happen! Phoebe can be reached on internationalspaceorchestra [@] for any requests, questions on the International Space Orchestra!

Neil Berrett


The International Space Orchestra is delighted to have photographer Neil Berrett on board! Nelly Ben Hayoun met Neil while on [...]

International Space Orchestra Website!


The International Space Orchestra is very lucky to be working with fantastic web designers Studio Myers! A new website now [...]

Martin Schapiro


The International Space Orchestra is very lucky to have Martin Schapiro designing our catalogue and our invites! Martin Schapiro designs [...]

International Space Orchestra Badges


The International Space Orchestra official badges! Designed by Marvelous David Benqué , Glitch fiction Member! Here is a bit more on David: Stories are the way we grasp information and integrate it within the context of our lives. In a world where science is progressing at an exponential pace, my [...]

Eric Tuan


Eric Tuan recently received his B.A. in Music with Honors from Stanford University, where he studied choral conducting and historical [...]

Jimmy Kansau


Jimmy is Vocal Director for the San Francisco Boys Chorus. He has performed in over 45 operas, including 15 appearances [...]

Aephie Huimi


Aephie Huimi is an experienced creator who practice her concepts and themes cross over Architecture, Fashion & Film/Theatre via different [...]

Jasmina Tesanovic


Jasmina Tešanović (Belgrade, 1954) is writer, feminist, political activist (Women in Black, Code Pink), translator (Italo Calvino, Elsa Morante, Alberto [...]

Rodney Martin


Rodney Martin works in the Intelligent Systems Division at NASA Ames, where he has among other things been involved with [...]

Bruce Sterling


Bruce Sterling is an acclaimed science fiction writer,  Sterling is an Austin-born science fiction writer and Net critic, internationally recognized as a cyberspace theorist. Sterling has traveled the world giving speeches and collecting awards. For example, the Campbell Award in 1989 for his novel Islands in the Net, the Hugo [...]

Maywa Denki


Spinning off their father’s old vacuum tube-manufacturing company, in 1993, brothers Masamichi and Novmichi Tosa established a performance arts collective called Maywa Denki. The company is well known for its ‘nonsense machines’ that involve the public in the creation process. Though decidedly oddball, products are generally cleverly designed and always [...]

Arthur Jeffes


Arthur Jeffes is a talented composer and the front man of Penguin Café. They are a group whose quintessentially English sound is influenced by folk, bluegrass, avant garde classical music and pop. Arthur is the son of the founder of the much-loved Penguin Cafe Orchestra, classically trained British guitarist, composer [...]

Evan Price


Violinist and composer, Evan Price, is one of the world’s most confident voices in extra-classical string playing. Some of the artists who have performed Price’s music include The Hot Club of San Francisco, Turtle Island Quartet, Quartet San Francisco, Providence String Quartet, Ying Quartet, The Grant Park Symphony, Orchestra Nashville, [...]

Hiking to the Satellite Dish


San Francisco!


NASA Burgers


A visit to Google headquarters