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New Sounds From Tibet

Thursday, November 22, 2012

For this New Sounds, listen to music that was inspired by Tibet.  We'll hear "Karma Shadub," for violin and chorus by violinist/composer Paul Giger, based on centuries-old Tibetan Buddhist chant .  Plus, music from Minnesota-based composer/guitarist Steve Tibbetts, along with music from Philip Glass's Tibetan-inspired works as well.

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Operavore

The Top Three Operas with Nerd Appeal

Thursday, October 18, 2012

From astronomy and math to physics and comparative literature, operas with nerd appeal are becoming increasingly popular.

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New Sounds

New Releases, September 2012

Friday, September 28, 2012

It's the most wonderful time of the month - the showcasing of new releases! On this New Sounds program, listen to the pick of the piles. Hear new music from piano trio the Bad Plus, and a new recording of "Einstein on the Beach" by Philip Glass.  Perhaps there will also Albanian folk songs arranged for jazz-ish quartet, and some ambient music.  That, and more.

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Operavore

Review: Radiant and Aging, Einstein on the Beach Still an Event After 35 Years

Monday, September 17, 2012

Like an eccentrically orbiting comet, Einstein on the Beach is again the object of fascination in New York. David Patrick Stearns reviews Sunday's performance.

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New Sounds

“What's Opera, (Doc)?”

Saturday, September 15, 2012

If the central idea of opera is people singing, then why are these pieces still called operas?  We’ll hear music from Laurie Anderson ’s “United States,” Robert Ashley’s “Perfect Lives,” and Philip Glass’s “Einstein On The Beach.”

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Talk to Me

Time and Space and Philip Glass: The Iconic Artist Talks at BAM

Friday, September 14, 2012

In 1976, the New York premiere of Philip Glass and Robert Wilson’s “Einstein on the Beach” captivated audiences, polarized critics and put both artists on the map of contemporary performance art. In four-and-a half hours, its famously reductive score, enigmatic text and limpid, tensile choreography (by Lucinda Childs) teases out the meaning of the time/space continuum.

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Studio 360

Philip Glass & Strippers

Friday, September 14, 2012

Kurt Andersen asks whether stripping is art — or at least, enough like art to win tax-exempt status in a case before a New York court. Philip Glass explains how his generation of avant-garde artists busted out of obscurity. And from all the listeners who participated in our Remix Challenge, ...

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Studio 360

A Conversation with Philip Glass

Friday, September 14, 2012

In 1976, Philip Glass was an unknown composer — almost pushing 40, and driving a taxi to make ends meet — when he got his break: a new work performed at New York’s echt-prestigious Metropolitan Opera House. Einstein on the Beach was directed by Robert Wilson, a key figure ...

Bonus Track: Kurt’s extended conversation with Philip Glass

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Q2 Music Album of the Week

Einstein on the Beach

Monday, September 10, 2012

This live 1984 recording of Glass's Einstein is nothing close to complete. However, it's a (smartly) edited 77-minute highlight reel from the opera, paired with a DVD of the documentary produced during the same run.

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The New Canon

Beach Body

Monday, September 10, 2012

This week on the New Canon, we celebrate the return of Einstein on the Beach to the Brooklyn Academy of Music with a listen to the opera's 1984 recording, recently reissued in highlights form on Orange Mountain Music. 

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Q2 Music

Robert Wilson: Philip Glass (Ink on Paper with Plastic Gel)

Sunday, September 09, 2012

Director-designer Robert Wilson occupies an almost unparalleled role in the creative life and collaborative breakthroughs of Philip Glass (Einstein on the Beach, the CIVIL warS). As part of our Philip Glass festival, Music of Constant Change, Wilson presented Q2 Music with a copy of his 2011 ink-on-paper with plastic gel portrait of the composer. 

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Q2 Music

Pianist Bruce Brubaker on Molecular Piano Playing

Sunday, September 09, 2012

"Happy 75th Birthday Philip! You've made me a better pianist, a more perceptive musician and let the world hear itself better." It's not idle praise.

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Q2 Music

Soundcheck with John Schaefer (2002)

Sunday, September 09, 2012

In this episode of Soundcheck from 2002, the composer discusses some of the odd jobs he has held throughout his career,  the development of the new music scene in New York, and how he defined success for himself along the way.

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Q2 Music

Lisa Bielawa on Early Days with the Philip Glass Ensemble

Saturday, September 08, 2012

Philip likes to say that I was “just a chick-let” when I first began touring with the Glass Ensemble. I was pretty much just out of college, and my couch-surfing lifestyle was evidence that I had not yet figured out how I would make a living, nor even exactly what I considered myself to be – a composer? A singer? Something else entirely? In retrospect, these uncertainties seemed to cause little anxiety for me – I was waiting for life to show me what was next.

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Q2 Music

The Leonard Lopate Show (2002) and New Sounds with John Schaefer (1985)

Saturday, September 08, 2012

Today’s archival Glass interviews feature an appearance on The Leonard Lopate Show from 2002 about Koyaanisqatsi and an episode of New Sounds from 1985, in which the composer talks about scoring Mishima.

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Q2 Music

Laurie Anderson on Early Glass Loft Rehearsals

Friday, September 07, 2012

I first heard Philip Glass in 1971 at one of his rehearsals in a loft on the Lower East Side in New York City. I went with a few other artists and we lay on the floor while he and his band played Farfisa organs at mind-melting volumes. These rehearsals often lasted for several hours and it was possible to drift to many different mental places. One of the regulars at the rehearsal was the sculptor Sol Lewitt, who said, “I do my best work at Phil’s rehearsals.”

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Q2 Music

Violinist Tim Fain on Philip Glass as Mentor

Friday, September 07, 2012

My first encounter with Philip’s music was as a boy, sneaking into the TV room late one night and sitting down with my parents to watch a documentary on the making of Einstein on the Beach.

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Q2 Music

The Leonard Lopate Show (2007, 2008)

Friday, September 07, 2012

Today’s archival interviews from 2007 and 2008 feature two appearances on The Leonard Lopate Show, and cover a wide range of topics from working with choreographers to the release of the Glass Box retrospective.

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Q2 Music

Meet the Composer with Tim Page (1985)

Thursday, September 06, 2012

On this episode of Meet the Composer from 1985, Glass talks about his days as a student, and the process of breaking the mold to develop a personal sound.

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Survival Kit with Leonard Lopate (2003) and Around New York with John Schaefer (1995)

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

What would Philip Glass need to survive in complete isolation? Find out on this episode of Survival Kit from 2003. The composer opens up about what recordings he would bring along, including some unexpected selections.

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