Thursday, February 16, 2006

Life Out Of Balance, Life In Transformation, And Life As War -- Philip Glass Live This Weekend In San Francisco

This weekend, February 17 to 19, 2006, San Francisco's beautiful Davies Symphony Hall -- the usual home to the increasingly conservative San Francisco Symphony, and a Concert Hall which is itself celebrating 25 years of mixed achievement -- will be the showcase for rare, live performances of three landmark 20th century works of Renaissance Multi-Media Art -- Composer Philip Glass's and Filmmaker Godfrey Reggio's QATSI [Life -- in the Hopi Amerindian language] trilogy:

KOYAANISQATSI: Life Out of Balance (Friday evening)

POWAQQATSI: Life in Transformation (Saturday evening)

NAQOYQATSI: Life as War (Sunday evening)

"Over 25 years in the making and available for the first time in its entirety, the completed QATSI TRILOGY by filmmaker Godfrey Reggio and composer Philip Glass, has been reinvented as a live film and music concert special event designed to be shown on three consecutive evenings. The stunning cinematography and ground-breaking editing are enriched by an equally compelling score, which will be performed live by Philip Glass and the Philip Glass Ensemble.

Individually, these mesmerizing films work both on an intimate and global scale; using no words, they nonetheless offer a provocative vision of the state of civilization at the turn of the millennium.

They also represent one of the most significant collaborations between a composer and filmmaker in the 20th Century."

Also, on Saturday Afternoon at 2 PM, Renaissance artist Philip Glass will be featured in conversation with Robert Osserman in an event entitled "From Einstein to KOYAANISQATSI" sponsored by the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, in collaboration with presenting organization San Francisco Performances.

Trailers of the three films are available here:

The home page to the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute is here:

A fourth film, ANIMA MUNDI, which is a celebration of the diversity of life, was made by the artists for the World Wildlife Fund:

Renaissance Artist Philip Glass, arguably America's most distinguished composer of the Renaissance Artforms of Opera and Multi-Media.

Photo credit: San Francisco Performances.


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