Maya Beiser x Philip Glass

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In her fourteenth album, Maya creates a multi-layered cello sound sculpture, unveiling new dimensions in some of Philip Glass’s most powerful and achingly beautiful works.
In “Maya Beiser x Philip Glass,” cellist, arranger, and producer Maya Beiser creates a multi-layered sound sculpture with her cello, unveiling new dimensions in some of Philip Glass’s most powerful and achingly beautiful works In 2005 Philip Glass invitedMaya to performthe solo cello part to his “Naqoyqatsi” score on aworldwide tour of the Qatsi trilogy. They performed together, with the PhilipGlass ensemble, in many of the world’s greatest venues, including the Sydney Opera House, the World Expo in Nagoya, an ancient Romanamphitheater in France, and a Greek amphitheaterin Barcelona. The seeds for this album were planted during that time.
Maya says: “In making this album, I searched for layers of sound that might reveal something new about Glass’s ingenious creative power. I was thinking about stratum, the layering that occurs in most sedimentary rocks formed at the Earth’s surface. I imagined the layers of my cello becoming porous and Glass’s music flowing vociferously through each layer, like lava, endlessly creating new patterns, expanding into the landscape.”

Bowie Cello Symphonic: Blackstar

On January 8, 2016, his 69th birthday, David Bowie released “Blackstar”. He died two days later on January 10th. “Blackstar” was Bowie’s parting gift to the world, a self-eulogy, hinting at the sacred and reveling in the profane. Blackstar is a concept album, but the concept is unnamed, or is the Un-nameable itself: facing death, living in its shadow.

In this new album “Bowie Cello Symphonic: Blackstar”, visionary cellist Maya Beiser and composer/conductor Evan Ziporyn honor Bowie and his influence. Immersing themselves in this astounding music, living inside it, embodying it. Bowie’s 4-octave vocal range matches the cello almost exactly, making it the perfect protagonist instrument. Beiser and Ziporyn re-create the entire album as a cello concerto, arranged by Ziporyn for Beiser as soloist.

Accompanied by the Ambient Orchestra, Maya Beiser transforms her cello; A vocalist one moment, a lead guitarist the next, she evokes David Bowie’s spirit while never ceasing to be herself. Even in these instrumental versions, the words and their meaning hover over the music, despite their absence, much like the ‘spirit’ figure in the first song: gone, but with a trace.

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