The International Space Orchestra has lift off!

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 Extra-terrestial Intelligence), Singularity University and the International Space University.

Directed by NELLY BEN HAYOUN, featuring music written by Blur and Gorillaz frontman DAMON ALBARN with BOBBY WOMACK; MAYWA DENKI and PENGUIN CAFE’s ARTHUR JEFFES. With lyrics by BRUCE STERLING & JASMINA TESANOVIC. Musical director: Two time Grammy-Award winner EVAN PRICE.

World premiere of Ground Control: An Opera in Space performed live by the International Space Orchestra.September 13th in San Jose with Ground Control: An Opera in Space, a staged concert inspired by mission control rooms.

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As part of the performance, leading scientists from NASA Ames’ will speak about Human Factors; Earth Science; Computer Modelling; Synthetic Biology; Computer Modelling and Quantum Communications.

In this tangential reality, your Flight Controller conducts arias and the Payload Officer works a baritone sax, while the Capsule Communicator is on the triangle.Merging science, technology, design and opera – Ground-Control: An opera in Space aims to reach the final frontier!The International Space Orchestra, 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 a control room

The project’s mission is to introduce the public to the emotional nuances of space science technologies, the people working with them and the challenges and opportunities of an exciting new era of commercial space exploration. Fuelled by Silicon Valley-based commercial space companies such as Virgin Galactic, Space X and Google – the space industry is at one of the most exciting moments in its history – and projects such as near-earth asteroid mining and sending humans to Mars orbit are being discussed as realities for the 2030s.

The International Space Orchestra, Ground-Control: An Opera in Space is commissioned by ZERO1 Biennial with support from Z33, House for Contemporary Art, Montalvo Arts Center, the Science and Technology Corporation, Taksha University and V2_ .

Produced by Nelly Ben Hayoun Studio.

Curated by Michelle Kasprzak, V2_, Guest curator, ZERO1 Biennial

A NASA Ames educational outreach activity

Endorsed by the International Space University and Singularity University

With the kind support of XL Recordings

To find out more please contact internationalspaceorchestra[@]gmail.com