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Morning Concert:
Interview with Philip Glass (May 1992)

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 115 min
Event Type: Interview and Music Program Origin: C Amirkhanian

Recorded on May 22, 1992, Charles Amirkhanian talks with Philip Glass about his upcoming concert with dancer Molissa Fenley benefiting the Tibetan Resettlement Project. Glass discusses his collaboration with Fenley, his interest in Buddhism and human rights in Tibet, as well as how he originally got into the music business (by breaking records for his father’s store), and his upcoming projects. Glass also relates the challenges of bringing experimental music into large concert halls, which not only meant finding new venues and engaging new listeners, but also overcoming limitations with previous performance practices. Much of the last half of the program is dedicated to selections from three CDs that had recently been released by Glass’ label Point Music. This includes multiple selections from a collaboration between Foday Musa Suso and Glass, an opera about the Manson Family by John Moran, and an album by the Brazilian group Uakti, who utilize many instruments that they built themselves. Glass also talks about his musical education with Nadia Boulanger and Ravi Shankar and his newest operatic project “The Voyage.”

Musical Selections:  Warda's Whorehouse [from “The Screens”] (1989-90) (2:45) / Philip Glass & Foday Musa Suso -- Metamorphosis II, for piano (1989) (6:46) / Philip Glass -- The Mad Cadi's Court [from “The Screens”] (1989-90) (2:24) / Philip Glass & Foday Musa Suso -- The French Lieutenant Dreams [from “The Screens”] (1989-90) (2:11) / Philip Glass & Foday Musa Suso -- The Arab Women Lament [from “The Screens”] (1989-90) (2:50) / Philip Glass & Foday Musa Suso -- Land Of The Dead [from “The Screens,” excerpt, talked over] (1989-90) (1:21) / Philip Glass & Foday Musa Suso -- Squeaky In A Boat [from the opera “The Manson Family”] () (4:58) / John Moran -- Aluá, for self built instruments (7:10) / Marco Antonio Guimarães -- Boléro, performed on instrument cases [excerpt] (2:00) / Maurice Ravel -- Akhnaten & Nefertiti [excerpt of Act II, Scene II from the opera “Akhnaten,” libretto by Glass and David Henry Hwang] (1983) (8:00) / Philip Glass
Performers:  Benjamin Hudson, violin (all selections from “The Screens”)
Michael Parloff, flute and piccolo (all selections from “The Screens”)
Allen Blustine, clarinet (all selections from “The Screens”)
Jerry Grossman, cello (all selections from “The Screens”)
Rex Benincasa, percussion (all selections from “The Screens”)
Martin Goldray, keyboards and conductor (all selections from “The Screens”)
Terre Roche, vocals (Squeaky)
Iggy Pop, vocals (Squeaky)
Uakti: (Aluá ; Boléro)
Artur Andrés Ribeiro, flute and apito (Aluá ; Boléro)
Inês Beluzzo Brando, keyboards (Aluá ; Boléro)
Décio De Souza Ramos Filho, percussion (Aluá ; Boléro)
Paulo Sérgio Santos, percussion (Aluá ; Boléro)
Marco Antonio Guimarães, piano and guitar (Aluá ; Boléro)
Paul Esswood, vocals (Akhnaten)
Milagro Vargas, vocals (Akhnaten)
Stutgart State Opera Orchestra & Chorus (Akhnaten)
Dennis Russell Davies, conductor (Akhnaten)
Genres:  New Music; World Music
Subject:  Boulanger, Nadia; Tibetan Resettlement Project; New music; World music; Jazz; Refugees -- China -- Tibet Autonomous Region; Piano music; Dramatic music; Instrumental music; Operas -- Excerpts
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Glass, Philip; Suso, Foday Musa ; Moran, John, 1965; Guimarães, Marco Antônio, 1948-; Ravel, Maurice, 1875-1937 ; Hwang, David Henry, 1957- ; Hudson, Benjamin ; Parloff, Michael; Blustine, Allen; Grossman, Jerry; Benincasa, Rex; Goldray, Martin ; Roche, Terre ; Pop, Iggy, 1947- ; Ribeiro, Artur Andrés, 1959- ; Brando, Inês Beluzzo; Filho, Décio De Souza Ramos ; Santos, Paulo Sérgio ; Esswood, Paul; Vargas, Milagro ; Davies, Dennis Russell
Recording Date:  5/22/1992
 
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