C . Brian Eno
15/5/48: Born in Woodbridge, Suffolk; full Name: Brian
Peter George St. John Le Baptiste De La Salle Eno.
1953 - 1964: Educated by nuns and brothers of the De La Salle
1964: Enrolls at Ipswich Art School for foundation
studies, Tutor: Roy Ascot.
Is inspired by experimental art and avant-garde music of Cornelius
Cardew and John Cage.
1966: Enrolls at Winchester School of Art, studies
Fine Arts (Painting and Sculpture).
1967: Establishes The Merchant Taylor's Simultaneous
Cabinet, performing works by himself and others. Forms heavy rock
group The Maxwell Demon, in which he sings lead vocals; they play
two gigs. Meets Andy Mackay, when lecturing on avant-garde music
at Reading. Becomes president of the Student's Union.
1968: Writes and publishes theoretical handbook "Music
1969: Finishes Art School with a diploma in Fine Art.
Moves to London, where he plays with the Scratch Orchestra, led
by Cornelius Cardew, and The Portsmouth Sinfonia. Becomes an electronic
whizz and one of the first musicians to play the synthesizer,
although he describes himself as a "non-musician".
1971: First recording session for "The Great Learning"
by Cornelius Cardew.
1973: Collaboration with Robert Fripp and his "Frippertronics",
which leads to the release of "No Pussyfooting"in November.
Produces The Portsmouth Sinfonia.
Releases "Here Come The Warm Jets".
1974: Records with John Cale and Nico.
First solo single "Seven Deadly Finns".
February 74: A tour with The Winkies starts, but comes to
an abrupt halt after the third date, as Eno is not able to sing
through a complete show due to problems with his lungs and has
a nervous breakdown.
March 1974: Releases "Here Come The Warm Jets".
1/6/74: Concert with John Cale, Nico and Kevin Ayers.
The band is joined by Mike Oldfield, Robert Wyatt and others,
later released as an LP.
November 1974: Releases "Taking Tiger Mountain". Produces
the first Television LP, that was never released officially.
1975: Releases "Oblique Strategies" with
Peter Schmidt, a set of 100 cards to give new inspiration to work.
Releases "Evening Star" with Fripp and does a short
tour with him.
"Another Green World" is released.
Sets up "Obscure Records", a record label that releases
10 records over the years until 1978. It gives artists like the
Penguin Cafe Orchestra, Mychael Nyman, Gavin Bryars and Harold
Budd amongst others the first chance to record and release their
music. Brian Eno contributes "Discreet Music".
Works with John Cale on "Slow Dazzle" and "Helen
of Troy", with Phil Manzanera on "Diamond Head"
and with Robert Wyatt on "Ruth is Stranger Than Richard".
1976: "Music for Films" is released in an
edition of 500 copies and sent to film directors.
September 76: Plays 3 dates with 801, the Phil Manzanera group.
The last date is recorded and released as "801 Live"
later in the year.
November 76: Publishes "Generating and Organizing Variety
in the Arts".
Work on David Bowie's "Low" begins.
Januar 1977: "Low" is released, featuring major
contributions from Brian Eno.
May 1977: Meets Talking Heads in London and invites them
home to his house.
1977: Records and plays live with German band "Cluster".
"Heroes", the second Collaboration with David Bowie,
December 1977: "Before and After Science" is released,
including 4 reproductions of paintings by Peter Schmidt.
1978: Produces the "No New York" Punk Sampler
with Contortions, Teenage Jesus and The Jerks, DNA and Mars. Produces
"Music For Films" (different to the above mentioned
version) and "Music for Airports" are released.
"After The Heat" is released by Eno, Moebius and Roedelius
June 1978: "More Songs About Buildings And Food"
by Talking Heads is released.
March 1979: "Music For Airports" is the first release
on his Ambient Label and the first "true" ambient recording.
July 1979: Talking heads release the Eno-produced "Fear
of Music". David Bowie releases "Lodger".
1979: Contributes the music to a Spanish project "In
A Land Of Clear Colours", a science fiction play by Robert
Sheckley. Only 1000 LPs, together with a book, are made.
1980: Collaborations with Harold Budd ("The Plateaux
of Mirrors") and Jon Hassell ("Possible Musics").
September 1980: Talking Head's "Remain in Light" produces
international success for the band, helped by Eno's production.
February 1981: Records "My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts"
with David Byrne.
March 1982: Releases "On Land".
1983: Releases "Apollo" with Daniel Lanois
and brother Roger Eno.
A ten LP set "Working Backwards" is released, covering
all the important solo work of Brian Eno and includes both versions
of "Music for Films".
1984: Produces U2's "Unforgettable Fire",
as requested by the band.
Releases "The Pearl" with Harold Budd and contributes
to Michael Brook's and Roger Eno's solo LPs.
1985: Releases the music of "Thursday Afternoon",
a video specially done for Sony Japan, on CD only.
Works on Theresa De Sio's "Africana".
1986: Produces U2's "Joshua Tree".
1987: Collaborates with Michael Brook on Theresa De
Sio's "Sindarella Suite".
April 88: Wins Grammy for "Best Record of The Year"
with U2's "Joshua Tree".
13/4/88: Takes part as Western Host in the Satellite link
between London and Leningrad to discuss Western and Eastern music
August 88: Produces the Neville Brothers in America.
Autumn 88: Discovers Djivan Gasparyan for Opal, his production
company and has major influence on the release in "Music
for Films III", which also includes some of his latest recordings.
Visits New York for the "Save the Rain Forests" festival.
It is announced that he will be installing a new piece of music
that incorporates original recordings from the rain forests of
October 88: Lectures held around the world (Berlin, Los Angeles,
Cologne) on different subjects, e. g. introduction of new works
("Public Talk"). The public always gets the chance to
Records "You Don't Miss Your Water", an old Byrds song,
for the "Married To The Mob" soundtrack. The record
is his first lead vocal recording after 11 years of releasing
November 88: Spends ten days in Moscow to produce Zvuki Mu,
a Russian band. Produces Carmel in London.
April & May 89: Produces John Cale in Moscow at the Gosteleradio Studios and in England.
Brian Eno's Video Installations and Exhibitions :
7/79 Kitchen Center, New York, USA
2/80 Paul Ide Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
5/80 Hallwals, Buffalo, New York, USA
6/80 La Guardia Airport, New York, USA
6/80 Walker Art Centre, Minneapolis, USA
8/80 New Gallery of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, USA
Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, Texas, USA
8 & 9/80 ARC, Toronto, Canada
9/80 Grand Central Station, New York, USA
6/81 Aluminium Nights, Bonds, New York, USA
7/81 University Art Museum, Berkeley, California, USA
7/81 Harpos Bazaar, Bologna, Italy
7 & 8/81 The New Museum, New York, USA
8 & 9/81 St. Louis Arts Museum, St. Louis, USA
11/81 The Art Gallery, Toronto, Canada
2/82 Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
2 & 3/82 Espace Lyonnais d'Art Contemporain, Lyon,
4 & 5/82 Biennale Of Sydney, Australia
5 & 6/82 Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Holland
6/82 Almeida Theatre, London, England
7/82 ICA, London, England
1/83 Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, England
Concord Gallery, New York, USA
4/83 Galleria del Cavallino, Venice, Italy
5/83 Festival of Vienna, Vienna, Austria
7 & 8/83 La Foret Museum, Aksaka, Tokyo, Japan
9/83 Centre National D'Art et de Culture Georges Pompidou,
12/83 ICA, Boston, USA
1/84 Der Hang Zum Gesamtkunstwerk, Festival, Institute
Unzeit, West Berlin, Germany
2/84 Tegel Airport, Berlin, Germany
3/84 Maison d'Accueil, Lille, France
5/84 Maison de la Culture, Grenoble, France
9 & 10/84 The Luminous Image, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam,
Crystals, Church of S. Carpoforo, Milan, Italy
10/84 Video Culture Canda, Toronto, Canada
12/84 Century 66, Toronto, Canada
1/85 2nd International Contemporary Art Fair, Olympia,
2/85 Museo del Risorgimento, Rome, Italy
Another Room, Frankfurter Musikmesse, Kongresshalle, Frankfurt,
6/85 Galleria del Cavallino, Venice
10/85 1st Frankfurt Public Design Fair, Frankfurt,
Triennale, Design Centre, Milan, Italy
11/85 Kulturhuset, Stockholm, Sweden
Art Fair, Gallerie Zwirner, Cologne, Germany
1/86 Husets Udstillinger, Copenhagen, Denmark
26/3-20/4/86 Place # 11 - Riverside Studios, London, England
26/4-25/5/86 Espace # 12, CNAC, Grenoble, France
6-28/6/86 Place # 13 - Douglas Hyde Gallery, Trinity College,
6-9/86 The Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
5-31/8/86 Place # 15 - Markthalle, Hamburg, Germany
10/86 Place # 16 - Curch of S. Carpoforno, Milan, Italy
11/86 Interaction, Camden Arts Centre, London, England
26/1-21/2/87 Place # 18 - Casino Dell'Aurora, Rome
3/87 "In Harmonic Space", Ospedale Degli
Innocenti, Florence, Italy
24/6-25/7/87 Place # 19 - Castle of Frederick II Of Svevia,
23/7-25/9/87 Monuments and Music - Orto Botanico, Rome (Brian
Eno & Andrew Logan)
10-12/87 Sao Paolo Biennale, Brasil
1-20/12/87 Place # 20 - Palau Solleric, Palma de Majorca,
13-28/1/88 Place # 21, Alhondiga, Bilbao, Spain
27/2-10/4/88 Place # 22, Latest Flames, The Exploratorium,
San Francisco, USA
14-25/3/88 Installation of Video Paintings at Adelaide Festival
Centre, King William Road, Adelaide, Australia. Includes "White
Fence", "Portraits", "Thursday Afternoon",
6/8-18/9/88 Relics, Charms and Living Rooms from the Recent
Past Found Hidden Among Strange Trees (An Enclosed Landscape constructed
with Sounds, Lights, Objects and Images), Berlin, Germany
27-31/10/88 Video Installation, Cologne, Germany
10/10-15/11/88 Latest Flames, Ace Gallery, Santa Monica, Los
20-22/4/89 Relics, Charms and Living Rooms, ECG-TV-Studio
300 Frankfurt, Germany
3-14/5/89 Video Installation at Espacio Pignitelli, Pignitelli
Park, Zaragoza, Spain.
20-22/7/89 Sound Installation for the opening of the Tenkawa
Diabenzaitensha Shrine in Nara, Japan
29/7-10/8/89 The Seed Gallery, Koen-dori, Shibuya, Tokyo,
Japan: Video Installation with assorted pieces
8/89 Video Installation in Kobe, Japan.
Videos by Brian Eno
1979: Two Fifth Avenue
1980: White Fence
North From Broome
1981: Mistaken Memories of Mediaeval Manhattan
1983: Video Sculptures
1984: Video Paintings
Commissions to score music for films , television
programs and commercials :
1975: The Devil's Men - Frixos Constantine/UK Film
1976: Sparrowfall - Alan Drury/UK play
Sebastiane: Derek Jarman/UK Film
1977: Science Report "Alternative 3"/Anglia/UK TV
1978: Jubilee: Derek Jarman/UK Film
1982: Silk Cut: Collett, Dickinson, Pearce/UK Commercial
Apollo: Al Reinert/USA Film
1984: Great River Journeys Of The World: "The Nile"/BBC
Dune: "Prophecy Theme", David Lynch/USA Film
1985: Creation Of The Universe Theme: PBS/USA TV
1985: Creation Of The Universe Theme: PBS/USA TV