The International Space Orchestra

The world's first orchestra composed of Space Scientists from NASA Ames Research Center and the SETI Institute

The International Space Orchestra is the world’s first orchestra of space scientists. Blending space exploration and bassoons; planet-poking and bluegrass-playing spacecraft operators –the International Space Orchestra, is an experiential and hybrid research laboratory, where space scientists are implementing, deconstructing, performing, singing, mixing, modifying, and designing musical acts. It is a provocation to action: a call to imagine and disrupt future human relations to space science; to adapt space science to our creative needs.

The ISO previously performed with Beck, Damon Albarn and Bobby Womack, The Prodigy, Penguin Café, Kid Cudi, The Avalanches, Japanese composer Maywa Denki, Icelandic band Sigur Ros and many more. 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 and an astronaut on percussions.

Following the rules of tragedy defined by the ancient Greeks, the International Space Orchestra chorus introduce the public to the emotional nuances of space science missions. Merging space, technology, design and rock, the ISO aims to reach the final frontier. The ISO has performed on the bigger world stages included the Fillmore Theater which discovered Janis Joplin and Velvet Underground, Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco and the Hollywood Bowl in LA where the ISO performed in front of 17 500 people. The International Space Orchestra is currently rehearsing with director and ISO creator Nelly Ben Hayoun, Two time Grammy-Award winner ISO musical director Evan Price and musical conductor Gordon Lustig at NASA Ames Research Center and the SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence)Institute in California, USA.

In January 2013, the International Space Orchestra feature film had its world premiere at the prestigious Rotterdam International Film Festival where it was acclaimed by the critic as a “masterpiece” (Independent Cinema Office, ICO), a “real achievement” (DOMUS),”as thrilling as watching a rocket launch” and “Spine Tingling” (The Guardian).

In 2013, two Ardusat satellites launched carrying the ISO recordings aboard the H-IIB Launch Vehicle, HTV-4 from Yoshinobu Launch Complex at the Tanegashima Space Centre. In November 2013, the satellites were released from the International Space Station by the six member expedition crew. The ISO recordings currently orbit the earth.

In 2015, March; the International Space Orchestra records a special orchestration of punk band The Prodigy’s Breathe with me song for the feature film Disaster Playrgound (which premiered at SXSW 2015). In 2015, May 5th, ISO trumpet player BJ Navarro, received pictures from ESA Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti who brought the ISO music Compact Disc to ISS.

The International Space Orchestra is, to this date, UP AND RUNNING, at the NASA Ames Research Center Park and the SETI Institute, Mountain View, CA, USA.