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PHILIP GLASS


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Through his operas, his symphonies, his compositions for his own ensemble, and his wide-ranging collaborations with artists ranging from Twyla Tharp to Allen Ginsberg, Woody Allen to David Bowie, Philip Glass has had an extraordinary and unprecedented impact upon the musical and intellectual life of his times. The operas – “Einstein on the Beach,” “Satyagraha,” “Akhnaten,” and “The Voyage,” among many others – play throughout the world’s leading houses, and rarely to an empty seat. Glass has written music for experimental theater and for Academy Award-winning motion pictures such as “The Hours” and Martin Scorsese’s “Kundun,” while “Koyaanisqatsi,” his initial filmic landscape with Godfrey Reggio and the Philip Glass Ensemble, may be the most radical and influential mating of sound and vision since “Fantasia.” His associations, personal and professional, with leading rock, pop and world music artists date back to the 1960s, including the beginning of his collaborative relationship with artist Robert Wilson. Indeed, Glass is the first composer to win a wide, multi-generational audience in the opera house, the concert hall, the dance world, in film and in popular music -- simultaneously. He was born in 1937 and grew up in Baltimore. He studied at the University of Chicago, the Juilliard School and in Aspen with Darius Milhaud. Finding himself dissatisfied with much of what then passed for modern music, he moved to Europe, where he studied with the legendary pedagogue Nadia Boulanger (who also taught Aaron Copland , Virgil Thomson and Quincy Jones) and worked closely with the sitar virtuoso and composer Ravi Shankar. He returned to New York in 1967 and formed the Philip Glass Ensemble – seven musicians playing keyboards and a variety of woodwinds, amplified and fed through a mixer. The new musical style that Glass was evolving was eventually dubbed “minimalism.” Glass himself never liked the term and preferred to speak of himself as a composer of “music with repetitive structures.” Much of his early work was based on the extended reiteration of brief, elegant melodic fragments that wove in and out of an aural tapestry. Or, to put it another way, it immersed a listener in a sort of sonic weather that twists, turns, surrounds, develops. There has been nothing “minimalist” about his output. In the past 25 years, Glass has composed more than twenty operas, large and small; eight symphonies (with others already on the way); two piano concertos and concertos for violin, piano, timpani, and saxophone quartet and orchestra; soundtracks to films ranging from new scores for the stylized classics of Jean Cocteau to Errol Morris’s documentary about former defense secretary Robert McNamara; string quartets; a growing body of work for solo piano and organ. He has collaborated with Paul Simon, Linda Ronstadt, Yo-Yo Ma, and Doris Lessing, among many others. He presents lectures, workshops, and solo keyboard performances around the world, and continues to appear regularly with the Philip Glass Ensemble.

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SING SING Soundtrack by Bryce Dessner Available Now Photo SING SING Soundtrack by Bryce Dessner Available Now
by Josh Sharpe - July 12, 2024

A24 Music releases Sing Sing (Original Score), by Bryce Dessner. The guitarist and co-songwriter of The National has reunited with director Greg Kwedar for the movie, having previously worked together on Transpecos and Jockey. Listen to it now!...

Broadway Mandolinist Joe Brent to Release New 9 Horses Trio Album STRUM Photo Broadway Mandolinist Joe Brent to Release New 9 Horses Trio Album STRUM
by Chloe Rabinowitz - June 05, 2024

9 Horses will release their third album Strum, featuring Joe Brent, Sara Caswell, and Andrew Ryan. The album blends string-centric, progressive jazz and improvised music. ...

Video: Alana Yorke Shares 'All The Flowers' Single Ahead of Upcoming LP Photo Video: Alana Yorke Shares 'All The Flowers' Single Ahead of Upcoming LP
by Josh Sharpe - April 10, 2024

Last month, Alana Yorke announced details on her forthcoming debut LP, Destroyer (due May 17 on Paper Bag Records) in addition to sharing 'Marion', 'Tidal Wave' and 'Preludium.' Today, Yorke is sharing 'All the Flowers,' a song about loss and grief. Watch the video here! ...

Alana Yorke Shares 'Tidal Wave' / 'Preludium' Double-Single Photo Alana Yorke Shares 'Tidal Wave' / 'Preludium' Double-Single
by Michael Major - February 28, 2024

As a follow-up to the record's first single 'Marion' (which was accompanied by a music video that saw Alana in a striking Atlantic ocean-facing vista channeling modern expressionist dance), Yorke returns with two more tracks from the record, 'Tidal Wave' and 'Preludium.'...

Kelly Moran Announces New Album 'Moves In The Field' & Shares New Single 'Butterfly P Photo Kelly Moran Announces New Album 'Moves In The Field' & Shares New Single 'Butterfly Phase'
by Michael Major - February 20, 2024

Kelly Moran has solidified her status as a trailblazing figure in modern music, challenging the piano's traditional, classically-imposed school of thought with a more contemporary, experimental approach. An accomplished and highly sought-after composer, Moran has collaborated with artists the likes ...

Composer & Percussionist Chris P. Thompson to Release 'Stay The Same' Album Photo Composer & Percussionist Chris P. Thompson to Release 'Stay The Same' Album
by Michael Major - February 13, 2024

Stay the Same features a thoughtful and nuanced blend of electronic and microtonal music –– two styles that greatly influenced, informed, and shaped Thompson's four earlier albums: 2021's Red Folder, 2020's True Stories & Rational Numbers, 2019's Everything Imaginable Comes True, and 2017's Lot Hero...

Bowen Yang & Christian Lee Hutson Join 37th Annual Tibet House US Benefit Concert Lin Photo Bowen Yang & Christian Lee Hutson Join 37th Annual Tibet House US Benefit Concert Lineup
by Michael Major - January 26, 2024

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by Michael Major - December 12, 2023

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CATTANEO Releases New Album 'The Faun' Photo CATTANEO Releases New Album 'The Faun'
by A.A. Cristi - December 08, 2023

Following his recent single, 'Juno Fog,' renowned electronic artist and producer CATTANEO teams up with Douglas Dare to unveil, 'I Know, I Know, I Know,' the focus track off his new album, 'The Faun.'...

Lin-Manuel Miranda, Olivia Rodrigo, Billie Eilish & More Nominated For HMMA Awards Photo Lin-Manuel Miranda, Olivia Rodrigo, Billie Eilish & More Nominated For HMMA Awards
by Michael Major - November 02, 2023

The 14th Annual Hollywood Music in Media Awards 2023 nominations have been announced, with artists like Billie Eilish, Olivia Rodrigo, Justin Timberlake, and Metro Boomin receiving nominations. Lin-Manuel Miranda, Alan Menken, The Little Mermaid, Theater Camp, and more are coming nominees for this y...

Allen Ginsberg Tribute 'The Fall of America Vol II' Out Now Photo Allen Ginsberg Tribute 'The Fall of America Vol II' Out Now
by Michael Major - October 12, 2023

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by Chloe Rabinowitz - September 15, 2023

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Christopher Tignor Shares Single 'She Comes In Waves' Photo Christopher Tignor Shares Single 'She Comes In Waves'
by Michael Major - August 29, 2023

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by Michael Major - August 14, 2023

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by Michael Major - May 09, 2023

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Outside ( AKA Matt Cooper) Releases Album 'Almost Out' Photo Outside ( AKA Matt Cooper) Releases Album 'Almost Out'
by Michael Major - April 14, 2023

It is a stunning collection of cinematic, jazz electronica, with the sensual, Lo-Fi beats of focus track ‘Utopia’ featuring Samantha James. The album follows the recent single ‘Then It Hits You’ with Marie Dahlstrom on vocals, which saw Cooper on top form with lush, melodic keys, rolling, dubstep-es...

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by Michael Major - April 11, 2023

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Natalie Merchant Debuts New Single 'Tower of Babel' Photo Natalie Merchant Debuts New Single 'Tower of Babel'
by Michael Major - March 30, 2023

The track features arrangements by trombone player Steve Davis, and follows the first single and video, “Come On, Aphrodite”—featuring Abena Koomson-Davis—from Merchant’s forthcoming album Keep Your Courage. Produced by Merchant, Keep Your Courage is the artist’s ninth solo studio album, and the lat...

Natalie Merchant Adds New Dates to Her European 'Keep Your Courage' Tour Photo Natalie Merchant Adds New Dates to Her European 'Keep Your Courage' Tour
by Michael Major - March 17, 2023

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Video: Natalie Merchant Debuts 'Come On, Aphrodite' Music Video Photo Video: Natalie Merchant Debuts 'Come On, Aphrodite' Music Video
by Michael Major - March 16, 2023

Natalie Merchant unveils a new video for her latest single “Come On, Aphrodite”—watch here. Filmed in Brooklyn, New York, the new video is directed by Matthew Shattuck (Foo Fighters, John Legend) and edited by Andrew Pulaski (Joey Bada$$, A$AP Ferg). Watch the new music video now!...

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by Michael Major - March 01, 2023

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Natalie Merchant Unveils New Single 'Come On, Aphrodite' Photo Natalie Merchant Unveils New Single 'Come On, Aphrodite'
by Michael Major - February 15, 2023

It is the first track released from Merchant’s forthcoming album, Keep Your Courage, and establishes the record’s themes of love and passion as essential to the human experience. Merchant’s ninth solo studio album, and the latest new material since 2014’s self-titled record, Keep Your Courage will b...

OUTSIDE AKA Matt Cooper Shares New Single 'Then It Hits You' Photo OUTSIDE AKA Matt Cooper Shares New Single 'Then It Hits You'
by Michael Major - February 10, 2023

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by Michael Major - January 19, 2023

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by Stephi Wild - December 07, 2022

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