Brian Eno, Jon Hassell, World Financial Center, Sept. 1989

jon-hassell-2I was at this show. I had just started to work in NYC and I was going to a lot of shows, particularly if they were free.

I got there on Friday afternoon, not realizing there were no Friday shows at the World Financial Center. I went extra early to make sure I’d get the best seat, then sat and read, listening to my walkman to kill the time. The place was quite empty, a few folks done with work were leaving through the Winter Garden Atrium where the concert was happening. Eventually I realized this was only a sound check, Brian Eno was there to supervise the sound mixing, walking around with a tablet of graph paper under his arm. Jon Hassell was on stage and it was pretty cool to hear his horn without the electronic processing from the studio. I was too shy to say hello to them. 

The day of the concert, the atrium was packed with people.

pdf of program, NY Times review: Eno Hassell World Financial Center 1989

edit: “Brian Eno and Jon Hassell live at the World Financial Center, New York in 1989 is to get an official release as part of the expanded edition of Hassell’s album, City: Works Of Fiction on All Saints Records in April 2014 – Eno contributed percussion and live mixing to the performance” Brian Eno/Dark Shark Facebook post, January 16, 2014. (update here)

The New Jon Hassell Group
live mix by Eno
Jon Hassell Trumpet – percussion – Electroniks
Brian Eno percussion – Electroniks–live mix
Gregg Arreguin–guitar–Electroniks
Dan Schwartz—bass
Jeff Rona — keyboards–Electroniks
Adam Rudolph — acoustic and electronic percussion, vocal
* video by Antos Simon

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4 comments
  1. Diana said:

    Graph paper ! 🙂

  2. Larry Yaeger said:

    Truly beautiful. Thanks for calling attention to this.

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