A collaborator for everyone from Sir David Attenborough to Coldplay, the renowned and award-winning composer Ilan Eshkeri will release the new album Space Station Earth on May 13th via Sony Masterworks. The album will be accompanied by an immersive, out-of-this-earth tour created in collaboration with the European Space Agency (ESA), which will debut at London’s Royal Albert Hall on May 15th.

    The video for the first single of the album, “Aurora”, sets his beautifully touching and expansive music to dazzling footage of the aurora borealis (Northern Lights). In Ilan’s own words, “Seeing the aurora borealis is an epic experience and I wanted to express the scale and majesty of it in music. The astronauts have also shot mind-blowing footage of the aurora borealis, which we use in the concert, so until space tourism becomes an everyday occurrence, ‘Space Station Earth’ is the closest you’ll get.”

    Watch the video for “Aurora” here:

    Space Station Earth uses Ilan’s evocative blend of modern electronic and vintage acoustic instrumentation to convey through music the extraordinary emotional voyage that astronauts experience in space. The project began when astronaut Tim Peake contacted Ilan to say that he was a fan of his work. That initial connection eventually resulted in the artist being granted unprecedented access by the ESA, which provided him with an invaluable source of inspiration for the album.

    About the experience, Ilan says, “I got to see rocket launches, a zero-gravity flight, and a chance to get lost in their video archive, as well as the opportunity to get advice from ESA scientists and astronauts. I started creating the music with synthesisers and then I started to add strings, brass and choir to deliver the awe-inspiring, epic scale that only an orchestra can. I never imagined I’d have the privilege of collaborating with astronauts to try to impart the experience of space travel through music, of looking out into the darkness of space and back upon our beautiful and fragile planet.”

    Ilan Eshkeri’s diverse portfolio includes having created music for British astronaut Tim Peake’s Principia mission to the International Space Station.

    The Space Station Earth live show is a music-led, multimedia experience that allows the audience to see through the eyes of astronauts and to contemplate our planet, the stars and the exploration of the universe. For this unique show, Ilan’s music will be complemented by images he shot at various ESA locations, as well as rare footage filmed by astronauts aboard the International Space Station.

    Tim Peake comments, “There aren’t many words that can truly describe the beauty of seeing Earth from space and Space Station Earth attempts to do this by using music and video to capture the emotion of human spaceflight and exploration. Featuring previously unreleased footage from ESA astronauts and accompanied by a live orchestra, the show creates a unique experience, one that celebrates space and unites the audience, just as exploration unites humankind.”

    Tim Peake during his 4-hour 43-minute spacewalk

    These stunning images will be projected across three massive screens together with a stunning light show to create an incredible audience experience. Without dialogue or narration, audiences can expect to lose themselves in the wonderful combination of emotionally charged music and extraordinary visuals, and leave filled with awe and wonder.

    The Royal Albert Hall event will open with a pre-show Q&A featuring Ilan Eshkeri and special guest Tim Peake. Subsequent shows will feature different special guest astronauts: Andreas Mogensen in Denmark and Sweden, and Matthias Maurer at all three shows in Germany.

    Tickets for the show are available here

    Space Station Earth tour dates:

    May 15th                   UK, London, Royal Albert Hall                                        with special guest Tim Peake
    August 17th               Denmark, Copenhagen, Royal Hall                               with special guest Andreas Mogensen
    August 19th               Sweden, Rättvik, Dalhalla                                               with special guest Andreas Mogensen
    October 7th               Germany, Stuttgart, Porsche Arena                               with special guest Matthias Maurer
    October 8th               Germany, Düsseldorf, Mitsubishi Electric Halle            with special guest Matthias Maurer
    October 9th               Germany, Bremen, OVB Arena                                      with special guest Matthias Maurer

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