These elements, combined with an uncanny sense of theater and an ability to harness rhythm to create an irresistible sweep, create a cumulative effect. It’s like listening to a great jam band. If you give in to it, it can take over your entire body.
The Aspen Times on the U.S. premiere of Philip Glass’s “American Four Seasons” at the Aspen Music Festival.
The conversation ran through body piercings and tattoos; synthesizers; the upcoming 30-day tour that coincides with the release of the music video and the CD; David Bowie, Eminem and Slash.
No, Robert McDuffie has not plugged in and gone rock ‘n’ roll, but he is treading on unusual ground for a concert violinist. His latest project features both a composer and a title that have rock-star status, and concertgoers have been giving it the appropriate reception.
The composer is Philip Glass, who has collaborated and shared a studio with David Bowie; the piece is “The American Four Seasons,” a take-off on Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons,” said to be the most frequently recorded piece of music in history. The concerto, which had its world premiere in December in Toronto, has also been performed in London and Rome. McDuffie said the reception has stopped just short of fans lifting their lighters and demanding an encore.
Great article on The American Four Seasons (U.S. premiere tonight) in the Aspen Times.
When I listen to Philip Glass in my headphones it really drills into me (in a good way). But live it’s different, it is more distanced and therefore refined. The emotion of the piece is a lot more prevalent live. It’s like watching a film or reading a book where you really relate to the main character and that character is going through all sorts of stuff that really gets to you, so you can really feel how that character feels. The solo violinist was Robert McDuffie. The passion in his performance was intense. I can’t explain. I’d love to be his next door neighbour, listening to that every night as he practices.
As I was listening to the concert I was thinking about life and humanity….
I think I am hooked. I think I will go again to see classical performances of this kind whenever possible.