It appears as if all is quiet on the western front. However, what appears to be a few quiet weeks certainly isn't for Philip Glass. The composer is in California where he recently played a benefit performance in Big Sur, then he's off to Brazil for two appearances discussing "Creativty & Collaboration", then to Spain for the premiere of a new work for the Philip Glass Ensemble: "Los Paisajes del Rio", then to Italy for more performances of "Book of Longing", and then more performances of the work in Australia with additional dates of solo piano recitals along the way.
I am personally excited to hear two concerts to be given by Michael Riesman at New York's newest venue, Le Poission Rouge, over two nights Riesman will be performing new transcriptions of famous Glass film scores from his excellent forthcoming album: "Philip Glass Soundtracks"….in addition he'll be performing his solo live-to-film screening of Dracula. It's really something to see if you have the opportunity. Riesman, who has been performing Glass' music since joining the PGE in 1974 has unparalleled experience with the composer's music and he's also a gifted pianist. These concerts are highly recommended. Sept 23-24.
On the recording front, OMM's recent recording of "Waiting for the Barbarians" will be reviewed in September's Opera News and the Philadelphia Inquirer. September 23rd sees the release of the GLASS BOX from Nonesuch.