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London, UK (Philip Glass – Works for Organ)
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Bold Tendencies presents
Iconic American composer Philip Glass has written many works across his career centred around the organ, celebrated here in a programme performed by James McVinnie. Perhaps better known in the cathedral or concert hall, the spatial conditions at Bold Tendencies are perfect for the organ’s vast, powerful sound and this special event will open our new “Slope Stage”. Opening with a jubilant Fanfare, McVinnie draws us into Glass’ seminal musical language with his presentation of important works including Music in Fifths, the Finale from Satyagraha and the masterwork Mad Rush, written in celebration of the Dalai Lama’s first public address in the US, a meditative and sublime study of mind/life.
Philip Glass (b.1937) is an American composer who emerged in the 1960s New York downtown art scene where he played his early compositions in non-traditional concert venues, lofts and galleries. Unparalleled in his ability to enthral a wide multi-generational audience across opera houses, concert halls, the dance world, film and popular music, his many collaborators include Brian Eno, David Bowie, Angélique Kidjo, Arthur Russell, Nico Muhly, and Laurie Anderson.
James McVinnie (b.1983) is a musician and performer, working at the intersection of the organ, contemporary classical and electronic music. Renowned for his boundless approach to music making and performance, McVinnie is founder of the James McVinnie Ensemble, a collective of London-based virtuoso keyboardists specialising in new music, inaugurated at Bold Tendencies in 2021.