Sing Along With Brian Eno

Sing Along With Brian Eno

"I believe in singing together," says Brian Eno, widely regarded as the intellectual icon of modern western music. Join him as he humorously conducts a public morning choir with songs and spirituals of his own choice.

Brian Eno has a passionate interest in a cappella singing, he reveals in this video, recorded at a public group singing one winter morning in Copenhagen. Each Tuesday, Eno tells the audience, he runs his own a cappella choir consisting of ordinary people like a lawyer, a boxer, professionals and one musician besides Eno himself.

Eno has said that “when you sing with a group of people, you learn how to subsume yourself into a group consciousness because a cappella singing is all about the immersion of the self into the community. That's one of the great feelings — to stop being me for a little while and to become us. That way lies empathy, the great social virtue.” Learn more about Eno’s singing passion: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=97320958

The songs sung by Brian Eno together with the people in this choir includes ‘Cotton Fields’, ‘I'll Fly Away’, ‘Can't Help Falling in Love’, ‘I Gave My Love a Cherry’, ‘Early One Morning’, ‘Calling My Children Home’.

Brian Eno (b. 1948) is a musician, composer, record producer, singer, writer, and visual artist. Eno's work is a pioneering exploration of music and art, not least presented in ground-breaking albums together with David Bowie, David Byrne and U2. Brian Eno is the inventor of ambient music, where he wanted the music to be part of the listener's surroundings, eliminating the idea of music as the result of the artist's ego. Some of Brian Eno's most famous albums include 'Discreet Music' (1975), 'Ambient 1: Music for Airports' (1978) and 'Music for Films' (1978).
 
Brian Eno was recorded leading the morning choir at the Copenhagen Main Library, Denmark, 16 November, 2016, arranged by Lars Kjelfred.

Piano: Christian Steen Noringriis
Cameras: Klaus Elmer & Rasmus Quistgaard
Edited by Klaus Elmer
Produced by Christian Lund

Supported by Nordea-fonden

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