Wanna see a bespectacled music snob get really excited? Ask him or her about Brian Eno. While not exactly a household name, the iconic musician, producer and original member of glam-rock pioneers Roxy Music is an artist's artist; underrated and underappreciated, but beloved to those who know him.
Eno is often credited for creating "ambient" music with the 1978 instrumental electronic album, Ambient 1: Music for Airports. Bassist Robert Black is one of the founding members of the Bang on a Can All-Stars, a New York-based collective of classical musicians that was formed in 1992. Black remembers that Eno's Music for Airports was one of those albums that all of the musicians could agree on.
"As we were talking to each other, it became clear that was one of those really important, seminal musical experiences that everyone had," Black says from his home in New York. "The idea emerged that, well, maybe we could make a live version of it."
They did. Debuted in 1998, Bang on a Can All-Stars Performing Brian Eno's Music for Airports is a live classical concert experience that has been performed all over the world. Appropriately enough, the six-piece ensemble has performed the concert at airports in Liverpool and Brussels, but the two concerts at the San Diego International Airport (3225 N Harbor Dr., Terminal 2) on Tuesday, Oct. 27, at 7:30 and 9 p.m. will mark the first time it has been played at a U.S. airport. The fact that Music for Airports is made up of several movements, much like a classical music piece, made it easier for the individual All-Star players to reinterpret electronic music as classical. There's help from a keyboard and a sampler, but Black says the group has Eno's blessing.
"I don't think he had high hopes for it at first, but then he came to a performance, I think it was in London, he was moved to tears," he says. "He's been to several performances since."
Tickets for the concert are $40.
TED Talks are known for the wheel-turning speakers who can bump up your world perspective in a mere 30 minutes. Still, 30 minutes can sometimes feel like a long time, so how about jam-packing all that enlightenment into five minutes? That's what Ignite San Diego #5 hopes to do on Thursday, Oct. 22. Eighteen San Diego speakers have been chosen from 80 submissions to spit knowledge on a range of topics and will be accompanied by a slide show. Speakers include Amy Lisewski from Finest City Improv, a 13-year-old named Yasha who will talk about political bipartisanship, and Erin Holko who owns local honey shop Bee Happy. If all that insight makes you thirsty, there'll be beer from Ballast Point. The show runs from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at the Central Library Neil Morgan Auditorium (330 Park Blvd). Tickets are $12.
TRASH INTO TREASURE
Bottle caps aren't exactly the ideal material for creating an elegant dress, but organizers of the annual Recycled Materials Runway Event hopes its participants create things just like that. Like a treehugger's Project Runway, fashion-minded participants use thrifted, recycled and trashed materials to create garments and accessories that are at least 75 percent recycled. Garments in the past have been made out of dried and dyed coffee filters, bicycle inner-tubes, dog food bags and shower curtains. Some of the recycled designs will be available for purchase, along with beer, wine and food. Proceeds from the event support the free programs offered at local schools by the Escondido Municipal Gallery, where the event will be held (262 E. Grand Ave.) on Saturday, Oct. 24 at 6 p.m. Tickets are $25 or $35 for reserved seating.