Roger Eno was born in Woodbridge, Suffolk in 1960 and, from the tender age of 16, studied music history, euphonium, music theory, harmony and performance at Colchester Institute. He was greatly encouraged to experiment with composition by a favourite tuba teacher and drew on French Impressionism and English Pastoralism to begin on a path toward defining his own style of Minimalism. Delius, Elgar and Satie remain great inspirations to this day.
He began producing music in his sweet, poignant and evocative manner, which some have termed ʻAmbientʼ but in truth flits from a classical impressionistic path toward folk, jazz, spoken word and even gypsy elements.
Following graduation, Roger went out and tried many hats for size, including that of a London street busker and as a music therapist for a local psychiatric hospital.
A natural multi-instrumentalist, Roger is fascinated by sound, stories and landscapes; the legacy of his unique upbringing with his Flemish mother and formative years with a celebrated brother, and also by the nature of the Suffolk countryside he was born into.
In 1983, his brother Brian invited him to take part in a collaborative project which also included Daniel Lanois. The recording took place in a fabulous old industrial town in Canada. Finally, the album Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks was born. This album would accompany a multi-award winning Al Reinert film called ʻFor All Mankindʼ. This other-worldly experience in 1983 was also Rogerʼs first professional recording.
Roger was signed to EG Records and produced two albums, Voices and Between Tides, reinforcing comparisons made with Satie and Debussy, but defying further categorisation. This continues through solo forays into uncharted territory and interesting collaborations. Among the collaborations he has enjoyed are The Appointed Hour with Peter Hammill, Damage with Lol Hammond and 2004ʼs exquisite and other-worldly Opening Doors album with Remote partner Miro. He has also guested on albums including those by Tim Bowness, No-Man and Laraaji.
Styles and Experimentation
Never short of an ear for an interesting musical style or two in which to experiment, Roger has also produced the folky ʻSwimmingʼ album, introducing accordions and harmonium and then his faux-classical album ʻMusic of Neglected English Composersʼ.
Work and Life
Roger has scored several films, including Dune, Nine and a Half Weeks, Trainspotting, Dario Argento's Opera and Warm Summer Rain, as well as scoring a popular series of 1993 Guinness commercials. He also writes for theatre, most memorably for Trevor Nunn's NT production, Harold Pinter's Betrayal. Roger continues to perform occasionally, create audio-scapes and composes and plays every day.
He lives in Suffolk again now, with his beloved wife, two children, dog and tortoise. He records in his own studio, the Clerestory, in Bungay, by the River Waveney.