Bella Gaia featuring Kenji Williams
BELLA GAIA – Beautiful Earth – Live Performance
Inspired by astronauts who spoke of the life changing power of seeing the Earth from space, award-winning filmmaker, composer, and violinist Kenji Williams created BELLA GAIA to simulate this transformative effect called the “Overview Effect”. Working closely with NASA’s scientific visualization studio, BELLA GAIA successfully simulates space flight, taking the audience on a spectacular journey around planet Earth.
With live music, performance art, large-scale projected NASA scientific visualizations and cutting-edge technology, BELLA GAIA showcases a thought-provoking stream of crucial scientific data regarding our imperiled eco-systems while also celebrating the amazing cultural heritage of humanity.
BELLA GAIA tells the story of the Living Universe, exploring both human and natural expressions of the Living Universe through dance, data visualizations, and music, and explores humanity’s ultimate challenge as we enter a new epoch called the Anthropocene; where humans become the driving force of environmental change on planet Earth.
“Bella Gaia shows you how humans and nature are connected and in turn how art and science are connected. It?s an exploration of the relationship between human civilization and our ecosystem.”
Bio: Creative Director and Composer, Kenji Williams is an award winning filmmaker, music producer, theatrical show director, and classically-trained violinist. A world-bridger of music, visual arts, science and immersive storytelling, Williams explores the nexus of art and science through collaborations as diverse as NASA scientists, Deepak Chopra, and top world-music musicians.
With over 30 years of film, music, performance, composition and production experience, his current project ‘BELLA GAIA’ has performed nearly 100 shows, touring to eight countries, and reaching over 200,000 people live. Williams is the founding partner of BELLA GAIA’s education project “Beautiful Earth,” recently receiving half a million dollars in NASA funding.
Combining unique skills in film and music, Williams has earned international film awards from the CSC to Sundance, and has garnering media exposure from the BBC and NPR, to Apple.com, and is respected for pushing the boundaries of audio-visual art, pioneering the convergence of art and science.
“You are an aperture through which the universe is looking at and exploring itself.”