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from 4 to July 13, 2021
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Music for Airports (Brian Eno) par l'Ensemble Social Silence

1re partie: Hania Rani
Salle des concerts - Cité de la musique
Duration: about 2h30 with 1 intermission



Première partie
Première Partie
Hania Rani , piano
Brian Eno
Music for airports
Seconde partie
Music for Airports (Brian Eno)
Ensemble Social Silence
Joachim Baumerder , violon ténor
Hugo Zeitter , drum kit
Nathanael Mevel , machines
Eli Frot , claviers
David Huang , guitar
Félix Gerbelot , violin
Hugo Van Rechem , violin
Elie Hackel , violin
Robin Antunes , violin

Brian Eno's Music for Airports, the cornerstone of ambient music, in a version revisited for instruments and tapes by Ensemble Social Silence.

In the mid-1970s, Brian Eno legitimised an emerging genre, coining the term ‘ambient music’—the godfathers of which, one could say, include Erik Satie, La Monte Young and John Cage. With haunting loops played randomly by tape recorders, Discreet Music made a major impression in 1975, but it was with Ambient 1: Music for Airports in 1978 that the English musician theorised the genre, a minimalist form of music that can be ‘actively listened to with attention or as easily ignored, depending on the choice of the listener’, such that it discretely influences the environment in which it is played. Ensemble Social Silence (plus a string quartet) is now revisiting Brian Eno's album in an instrumental version, combining the loops with improvisation and the sheets of violin with the electronic colours of machines. Let these four slow movements wash over you, lulled by their mix of repetition and randomness. A comfortable point of departure for a unique experience.

Brian Eno will not be present at this concert.


1st part: Hania Rani

In two albums, young Polish pianist Hania Rani has emerged as a distinctive talent on the neoclassical scene, to which she has brought notable new perspective. Her 2019 release Esja was a study in sensitive landscapes, showcasing her ability to translate emotions and images into delicate instrumental pieces, composed and interpreted solo on piano. Last year, Home, a suite recorded and mixed between Warsaw and Berlin, introduced subtle electronic touches and rhythmic elements, attesting to the diversity of her influences, from Chopin to Nils Frahm and… Portico Quartet. It also revealed her diaphanous and enchanting voice, striking a chord with fans of Agnes Obel. 


Social Silence - Brian Eno - Music For Airports (Live @ La Gaîté Lyrique)

Salle des concerts - Cité de la musique

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Porte de Pantin station
M5 Paris Underground (Métro) Line 5 3B Tram 3B
221 avenue Jean-Jaurès, 75019 Paris