Philip Glass, Beck, Tyondai Braxton
Philip Glass, one of America's most esteemed composers, will be the subject of a remix project due October 23 on Orange Mountain Music. The idea for the record came together during a conversation between Philip and his friend and new collaborator Beck. The pair recruited producer Hector Castillo (David Bowie, Björk, Lou Reed) to help assemble a collection of remixes of Glass' works by a list of critically acclaimed artists including Beck himself, Tyondai Braxton, Amon Tobin, Cornelius, Johann Johannsson, Nosaj Thing, Memory Tapes, Silver Alert and many others.
The remix project joins in the celebration of Glass' 75th birthday season, which features performances and events across the globe encompassing every facet of the composer's decades-long career as a preeminent American composer-opera, chamber music, orchestra music, dance, theatre works and more.
Glass' 75th birthday season began with the inaugural Days and Nights Festival in Carmel Valley, CA-curated by Glass himself-and has featured the first performance of a Glass piece by the New York Philharmonic; the world premiere of Glass' Symphony No. 9 by Bruckner Orchestra Linz in Austria before the symphony's American premiere at Carnegie Hall; and a week of events curated by the composer for the Park Avenue Armory's Tune-In Music Festival. Glass' 75th birthday season goes on to include the return of his first and most revered opera Einstein on the Beach and concludes with the World Premiere of The Perfect American, a new opera about the death of Walt Disney, in January 2013. In addition to numerous live performances, Glass' 75th birthday season sees the publication of the composer's first ever recollection of a life in music, due out in 2012.