Ground Control: an Opera in Space / Nelly Ben Hayoun directing the International Space Orchestra

Commissioned by ZERO1 Biennial with support from Z33, House for Contemporary Art, Montalvo Arts Center, the Science and Technology Corporation, Taksha University and V2_

When: Thursday, September 13th at 7pm

Where: ZERO1 Biennal Urban Screen, 300 S. 1st Street, San Jose

What: Ground Control: an Opera in Space inspired by our desire to understand the universe and rocket-propel our souls to further galaxies. 
Join the International Space Orchestra - an assembly of star-spangled space scientists from NASA AmesSingularity UniversityInternational Space University and the SETI Institute - as they perform the world premiere of: Ground Control: An Opera in Space - a unique drama of non-terrestrial communication and the techno-wonders of mission control rooms.

Afterwards: Come and party with the International Space Orchestra!
The concert is followed by the ZERO1 Biennial Opening Party, join the International Space Orchestra, artists and friends
9:00pm-11:00pm at the ZERO1 Garage
Free with RSVP (limited passes available) reserve via Eventbrite

RSVP for the International Space Orchestra after-party

The International Space Orchestra, directed and created by Nelly Ben Hayoun, 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.

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.

September 13th, 7pm
ZERO1 Biennial Urban Screen
300 S. 1st Street parking lot, San Jose
Free and open to the public

Nelly Ben Hayoun directing the International Space Orchestra

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Created and directed by Nelly Ben Hayoun, performed by space scientists. Featuring music written by Blur and Gorillaz frontman Damon Albarn with Bobby Womack; Maywa Denki and Penguin Café's Arthur Jeffes. Lyrics by Bruce Sterling and Jasmina Tesanovic. Musical director: two-time Grammy Award winner, Evan Price.