I think you don’t get to do these projects unless you have the right team and the right credentials, or even the right package to prove that you can achieve. I could list off literally 100’s of people that have helped me on my way. The members of the Orchestra, and my team at NBH Studios being top of the list! I also believe that amongst my skill set, one particularly stands out in these situations: REAL INTENSE PASSION for the subject matter. Persistence too, I never ever, ever give up. That guarantees my team and myself will get the work done.
Funding does not come from one source, and on all the projects we run within the International Space Orchestra, we have a huge variety of people that are willing to pitch in and help, with skill and financials. The phrase, ‘we begged, stole and borrowed’ definitely applies here. When I started the International Space Orchestra, I did not expect that we would still be here today. 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’s members are individuals drawn from NASA Ames Research Center, SETI Institute (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence), Singularity University and the International Space University.
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. We have performed with Beck, Damon Albarn and Bobby Womack, Savages, The Prodigy, Penguin Café, Japanese composer Maywa Denki and more… The experience of directing this orchestra, is a constant surprise and challenge and one in which the objectives are always changing and developing. For now, I still see the challenge and creativity in this project, and look forward to completing our next performance !!!!