An artist’s impression of Floating Points’ debut live show in Paris

Marking the 17th year of Red Bull’s annual world-traveling music academy series, last month we were invited down to RBMA in Paris to experience first-hand how the power-house brand curates its month-long faux music degree course, accoutred this year with lectures from Nicolas Godin (one half of down-tempo electronic duo Air) and French disco legend Cerrone housed at the top of the Eiffel Tower.

As part of the evening proceedings, neuroscientist/DJ/producer/Eglo Records head-honcho Dr. Sam Shepherd took to the iconic Parisian jazz venue New Morning (which has hosted greats such as Dizzy Gillespie and Dexter Gordon) for his debut live performance in France. Joined by musicians handpicked to realise the vision of his highly acclaimed debut solo LP, Elaenia, (including The Invisible‘s Dave Okumu on guitar), Flopo’s performance shaped itself into a spiritual journey of cosmic jazz and live improvisation with a talented cohort of musicians following behind him in a way very much reminiscent of out-of-space jazz ensemble Sun Ra and his Archestra.

Rather than try to convey our out-of-this-world experience with words, we thought we’d steer clear from the traditional live review and try something a little different by evoking it visually.

Check it all out below and visit for more wonderful illustrations.


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