Brian Eno Announces Details Of First-Ever Solo Tour

Brian Eno recently announced the details of his first-ever solo tour, titled “Ships across Europe.”

Eno, who will be performing old and new songs from his catalog during the tour, will be supported by the Baltic Sea Philharmonic, actor Peter Serafinowicz, and longtime collaborators Leo Abrahams and Peter Chilvers.

The run kicks off with two shows at Venice Biennale Musica, Teatro la Fenice on October 21, and concludes with two shows in one night at London’s Southbank Centre on October 30. There will be stops in Paris, Berlin and Ultecht as well.

“The album The Ship is an unusual piece in that it uses voice but doesn’t particularly rely on the song form. It’s an atmosphere with occasional characters drifting through it, characters lost in the vague space made by the music,” Eno said in a statement about the tour. “There’s a sense of wartime in the background, and a sense of inevitability. There is also a sense of scale which suits an orchestra, and a sense of many people working together.”

He continued, “I wanted an orchestra which played music the way I would like to play music: from the heart rather than just from the score. I wanted the players to be young and fresh and enthusiastic. When I first saw the Baltic Sea Philharmonic I found all that… and then noticed they were named after a sea. That sealed it!”

Brian Eno Tour Dates:

10-21 Venice, Italy – Venice Biennale Musica, Teatro la Fenice (3:00 and 8:00 p.m.)
10-24 Berlin, Germany – Philharmonie Berlin
10-26 Paris, France – La Seine Musicale
10-28 Utrecht, Netherlands – TivoliVredenburg
10-30 London, England – Royal Festival Hall, Southbank (6:30 and 9:00 p.m.)

(Photo: Cecily Eno)

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