A concert to see the Earth “through the eyes of an astronaut”
Music for traveling. The concert Space Station Earth will stop in France next October. Composed by Ilan Eshkeri in collaboration with the European Space Agency (ESA), the concert shows the Earth from space, “through the eyes of an astronaut”. On stage, twenty musicians will play music inspired by that of Jean-Michel Jarre to accompany the projection of images from space, filmed by astronauts from the International Space Station for the occasion. To close the show, a moment of exchange with the French astronaut Jean-François Clervoy, who carried out three space missions for NASA between 1994 and 1999, will be offered.
An abbreviated version of the concert was already performed in 2019, in Stockholm. More than 10,000 spectators then attended this film concert. “When I learned that the concert organizers wanted to come to Europe, I offered to stop in France,” explains Jonathan Cheze, promoter of the Live Nation company which organizes the event. For their European tour in 2022, the musicians will stop at the Seine Musicale on October 11, then at the Zénith de Lille the next day.
“With words, we say nothing,” says Jean-François Clervoy, French astronaut. There are no words to describe the view of Earth from space, and music is the most powerful way to convey to the public what the astronaut is going through. The astronaut believes that such an experience can only be understood through the senses. “You can’t feel the space, you can’t touch it… It’s quite mysterious to the vast majority of the public. »
A moment of awareness
“One day, I was pedaling on the ISS sports bike while looking at the Earth, through the portholes. I was basically seeing the ocean, listening to the music from the Big Blue at the same time. At that moment, we feel a very special feeling of communion with our planet. » During his speech at the Space Station EarthJean-François Clervoy plans to talk about theoverview effect, this awareness that strikes some astronauts when they observe the Earth from space. For example, “we see the atmosphere, which protects us, as an extremely thin slice,” he says. “Looking at our planet from this angle, we understand how important it is to take care of it,” adds Ilan Eshkeri.
For the European Space Agency, such an event also makes it possible to reach an uninformed public, at a time when it is recruiting a new class of astronauts. “We want to encourage young people to pursue scientific careers and join us,” explains Nadia Lüders, member of ESA. From this show, “some will learn lessons about the climate challenge, others in favor of technological innovation. The emotional experience is personal but everyone retains a strong message,” promises the composer.
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