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New York Guitar Festival – Feat: Mike Gordon, Larry Campbell – World Financial Center, Winter Garden

The 2012 New York Guitar festival kicked off this past evening at the Winter Garden Atrium,  in the World Financial Center, by celebrating 30 years of Brian Eno’s album, “Apollo: Atmosphere and Soundtracks.”

The album, played LIVE for the first time ever, featured Mike Gordon (bass) Larry Campbell (guitar) David Torn, Noveller, and Jeff Parker. A tribute to NASA’s Moon landings, Eno’s album imagines very ethereal, peaceful-yet-haunting, moving, and spacey(literally!) sounds and soundscapes.

Played in its entirety, Eno wanted the music to induce a feeling of “weightlessness” and so there’s no way  a note-for-note replication could be created of these highly-complicated tracks–though, if any band has come close–it was this lineup.

This video of the band “jamming” captures the band improvising on their own, after completing the album, and  being introduced to the full house at Winter Garden. Oops, looks like you’re not allowed to see that video!! Also amazing were the moving images of nebulae, swirling dust, and spoken word about the Apollo moon landings and NASA. Remember kids: We are all molecules.

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