The Creative Pulse: A Conversation with Philip Glass

OCT 15, 2013 | 6:30 PM

Photo: Richard Meier



The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue


1201: Elebash Recital Hall


October 15, 2013: 6:30 PM


Free, Reservations Required


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Music in 21st-Century Society: The Lloyd Old and Constance Old Lecture
Legendary composer Philip Glass will speak about his music and how the process of collaboration with exceptionally creative minds (including Robert Wilson, Allen Ginsberg, Ravi Shankar, and Godfrey Reggio) has shaped his career. Glass will be interviewed by Claire Chase, flutist, artistic director of the International Contemporary Ensemble, and a 2012 MacArthur Fellow. Sponsored by the Barry S. Brook Center for Music Research and Documentation.

Chase will also perform a piece for flute by Glass.

Philip Glass has had an extraordinary impact upon the musical and intellectual life of his times through more than twenty operas, eight symphonies, numerous concertos, compositions for his own ensemble, film soundtracks, and wide-ranging collaborations with leading rock, pop, classical, and world music artists. Born in 1937, he grew up in Baltimore and studied at the University of Chicago, the Juilliard School, in Aspen with Darius Milhaud, and in Paris with the legendary composition teacher Nadia Boulanger. In 1967 he returned to New York, where he formed the experimental Philip Glass Ensemble, seven musicians playing keyboards and woodwinds amplified and fed through a mixer. His operas Einstein on the Beach, Satyagraha, Akhnaten, and The Voyage, among others, are performed around by the world by the leading opera companies. He has also written music for Academy Award-winning motion pictures such as The Hours and Martin Scorsese’s Kundun. His score for Koyaanisqatsi may be the most radical and influential mating of sound and vision since Fantasia. Although his musical style has been dubbed “minimalist,” Glass never liked the term and prefers to speak of himself as a composer who immerses the listener in a sort of sonic weather that twists, turns, surrounds, and develops.

Flutist Claire Chase, a 2012 MacArthur Fellow, is a soloist, collaborative artist, entrepreneur and activist for new music. She has given the world premieres of over 100 new works for flute, many of them written for her. Chase has released two critically acclaimed solo albums: Aliento (2010) and Terrestre (2012). Her third, Density, features works by Varese, Glass, Lucier, Reich, Balter and Diaz de Leon (Release date: September, 2013). Chase was First Prize Winner in the 2008 Concert Artists Guild International Competition and has performed as a soloist throughout the US, Europe, Latin America, and Asia. She cofounded the International Contemporary Ensemble in 2001 and serves as its artistic director, in addition to playing over fifty concerts a year as an ensemble member. In 2013, Chase founded the Pnea Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of the flute and its repertoire in the 21st century.

This program is part of the Lloyd Old and Constance Old Lectures, a series of talks and debates by major cultural figures addressing the changing consumption, creation, contexts, and valuations of today’s music.

This program is part of the yearlong initiative Cultural Capital: The Promise and Price of New York’s Creative Economy, produced by GC Public Programs in collaboration with the Advanced Research Collaborative (ARC). For more information and the full schedule, CLICK HERE.