Summer, Repeating

Philip Glass's Days & Nights Festival

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Monday, August 22, 2011

philip glass portrait by chuck close (kevindooley/flickr)

Summer Festivals are simply the best thing. My parents taught at BUTI when I was a little kid, and aside from two slightly horrifying summers at Girl Scout camp (where I did, incidentally, at least learn how to sail a Sunfish), I spent every summer of my life through age 24 at a music festival. It’s all about chamber music and picnicking, it really is.

Due to these music camp-y proclivities, I became super excited when I heard about Philip Glass’s new music festival in Big Sur, the Days and Nights festival. Given that their first ever concert was this past Friday, it seemed fitting to celebrate the end of festival season and the birth of a new festival with a week dedicated to the Days & Nights fest.

Philip Glass. Philip Glass, for as long as I’ve been working in radio, has inspired more weighted opinions from listeners, both positive and negative, than any other composer. Hands-down. Whatever you think of his work, you must give him credit for precipitating a really interesting dialogue about art. Philip Glass has also, notably, fostered an incredibly vital community of composers and performers around him. Part of a generation notable for the fierce individualism of its composers, Philip was almost anachronistic in his support of other creatives. This week’ll feature Philip, but also the wonderful musicians in his circle, members of the Philip Glass ensemble, assistants and enthusiasts. 

In my opinion, Philip Glass is one of the most influential artists of the past 50 years. What do you think? How would our musical and artistic landscape differ without Philip?

Thanks @Richard from New York for the video find! I'm including it directly below: 

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Nadia Sirota

Comments [4]

Bruno Zaid from Germany : Hessen : Wiesbaden

I'm an unknown French painter living in Germany.
I paint almost exclusively on Philip Glass music. It enlarges my painting while I'm painting. I perceive new horizons, new possibilities. I can delve into my picture for hours forgetting the world around me, forgetting me, forgetting the act of painting, just experiencing the melting of all my senses to create a new human being made of colors an amazing tones.

Sep. 02 2011 12:47 AM
Richard from New York

In regards to Bob McCauley, since when does quantity have anything at all to do with quality? Glass has nine symphonies, Mozart 41 (and he died 40 years earlier). Glass has 23 opera. Rossini wrote over forty and didn't compose for the last 40 years of his life.

Someone did a pretty awesome Belle et la Bete for animated Lego figures on youtube:

Aug. 25 2011 02:48 PM
Steve Glassfan

Reich's music mostly sounds pretty much all the same. Adams is a lightweight. I never get bored with Glass and have been a Glassfan since the mid-80's. Last night I listened to his new piano and violin sonata and then Music in Changing Parts after that. Mindblowing that these pieces were written by the same guy!

Aug. 24 2011 02:43 PM
Bob McCauley from Houston, Texas

Glass composes much more music than Reich or Adams, but ultimately, I think the latter two composers will be viewed as more important by future generations.

Aug. 23 2011 02:37 AM

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