In January of this year, The New York Guitar Festival hosted “The Apollo Project,” a live re-imagining of Brian Eno’s 1983 album Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks. Marking the 30th anniversary of the album, the performance took place at New York’s World Financial Center Winter Garden and featured Brooklyn ambient ensemble Itsnotyouitsme (guitarist Grey McMurray and violinist Caleb Burhans), multi-instrumentalist Larry Campbell, Phish bassist Mike Gordon, Brooklyn guitarist Noveller, Tortoise’s Jeff Parker and composer David Torn.
The musicians performed the album in its entirety, offering loose interpretations of the ambient music written as a tribute to the NASA moon landings. Also featured behind the musicians were scenes from the Craig Teper documentary Man In The Right Seat, a chronicle of Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell’s epiphany in space. Following the completion of Eno’s Apollo album, the group of musicians improvised for several minutes on free-form ambient structures.
We’ve just acquired the audio from the performance, which is streaming below for the first time. You can listen to the tracks or download each individually below.
The Apollo Project