Sunday, January 9, 2005

Koyaanisqatsi at SOH

Kevin and I went to see the performance of Koyaanisqatsi by the Philip Glass ensemble at the Sydney Opera House last night.

The reaction after the performance? Well, just simply amazing. Hearing the first few notes of the opening rumbling through the huge pipe organ in the theatre was just something else. There were sections (the first part of the rocket blasting off) where I literally forgot to breathe, and suddenly realised that I was holding my breath!

The ensemble was quite a bit smaller than I thought, only 9 people including Glass himself. All the vocals were done by three members, which is quite amazing considering the range of vocalisations (from the deep baritone to almost choral sections).

This was the first time I had seen a live Glass performance. Seeing it live certainly gives another dimension to the music, specially how individual voices which seem to quite discordant magically meld together as other instruments join in. Can't wait for the performance of Powaqatsi tonight!

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