The Barbican Centre are hosting an event as part of their Transcender festival series that may be of interest to readers of Stationary Travels, especially those near, in, or around London later this month. Entitled Discreet + Oblique: The Music of Brian Eno, it will be a live performance which seeks to recreate the shimmering textures of Eno’s landmark album Discreet Music and build on its conceptual vision (note: Eno himself will not be performing).
To mark the album’s 40th anniversary, musical directors Leo Abrahams and David Coulter have devised a richly-imaginative live performance of this breathtaking work…A specially-assembled ensemble – electronic musician Benge, saxophonist John Harle, violinist Emma Smith, cellist Oliver Coates and experimental jazz trio The Necks – will incorporate original equipment, including EMS synthesiser and Eno’s ‘Frippertronic’ tape looping system, to summon a unique realisation of Discreet Music’s magical sound-world. This concert performance – incorporating various visual and sonic surprises – aims to pay tribute to, and give new life to, that initial, incredibly fertile vision.
More information: http://www.barbican.org.uk/music/event-detail.asp?ID=18211
To go further in depth, listen to this special edition contemporary music podcast in which Abrahams and Coulter discuss Eno’s music and the new show (starts at the 15 minute mark):
The Barbican have also compiled a Spotify playlist featuring all the electronic music artists bringing original interpretations of their music to the venue this autumn: