On the way home last week, I heard Krista Almanzan of KAZU interview Philip Glass about a festival he organized (The Days and Nights Festival) in the Monterey Bay area.
The older I get, the more I am impressed with individuals who take on big projects despite already hefty accomplishments in their life (composer Philip Glass’ work spans 50 years). And really, continuing to do something big at a time of their life when they don’t have to.
More so, that the festival is connected to the environment, and Philip Glass’ love and appreciation for the beauty of this area of California.
And so, back to the radio interview…..Krista asks: “What is it about Big Sur / Carmel Valley area….and why do a festival here?” Here are some of Mr. Glass’ response:
“It’s a really magical place….it’s got to be one of the most beautiful places in the world…. the wilderness system that exist in California has been so well-preserved and protected..
We are talking about culture in the way that we talk about the environment…It’s very diverse…and very ecstatically beautiful. What I am looking for…is to share with an audience our enthusiasm for the commingling of art and science and music and dance and poetry…artist want to share the love of what they do…”
The festival started last Friday and will continue to September 4th.
Here is a link to the KAZU and Krista Almanzan’s interview http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/kazu/news.newsmain/article/1/0/1841095/KAZU.Local/Composing.a.Festival.
And the link to the festival’s website: http://www.daysandnightsfestival.com/