Preview: Brian Eno's Apollo @ Southbank

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Preview: Brian Eno's Apollo @ Southbank


Pioneering ensemble Icebreaker and formidable pedal steel guitar innovator BJ Cole bring their critically acclaimed performance of Brian Eno's Apollo to the Southbank this month. With a musical arrangement by Jun Lee (also known as kayip), who was selected for the task by Eno, it is a rare opportunity to hear a live performance of what was originally a studio album.

This sublime and evocative album was made for Al Reinert's documentary on the Apollo space missions, For All Mankind, in 1989. Since then, the music has appeared in the movies 28 Days Later, Traffic and Trainspotting and saw its first live performance at the Science Museum last year to commemorate 40 years since the first moon landing.

This show returns the music to its original conception - as a counterpart to NASA footage from the Apollo programme. With large, cosmic projections above the performers, count on a mesmerising melding of sound and imagery that captures the beauty and tranquil mystery of the moon and Earth.

Queen Elizabeth Hall, South Bank Centre, London SE1 8XX. Tickets: £18.50 £16 £14 (plus concessions)

Booking: Southbank Centre or Icebreaker/Apollo Tel: 0844 875 0073

Last Updated 06 September 2010