Great interview with Philip Glass is Friday’s SF Weekly regarding Monday’s incredible fundraising event at the Warfield in SF. Philip Glass, Joanna Newsom, and Tim Fain performing together to help the Library.
Tickets are still available here.
Read the whole thing here, but here’s one of many money quotes:
How did you come to participate in this concert with Joanna Newsom?
We have a mutual friend, Magnus Toren, the executive director of the Henry Miller Library. Magnus has for years been doing special events at the library. He’s had Marianne Faithful there, he’s had me there, he’s had Laurie Anderson there, he’s had all kinds of people at this little place down in Big Sur, so he has a very good connection with people in the music world.
He was for some time suggesting that I meet Joanna Newsom, and for a year or so we never did meet, but then this concert came up and he said, Look let’s do it now, and we could do it for the Henry Miller Library and also for the Days and Nights festival, which is a festival I started in Carmel in Big Sur.
She is in New York some of the time and Northern California some of the time, and once we decided to meet, it wasn’t very hard to do. I’d been playing with Tim Fain, a wonderful violinist, and he is a great fan of Joanna Newsom’s, and when he heard that she was going to be doing this, he said, “Can I play too?” and I said, “You bet you can!”
The idea of violin and piano and harp is a classical setup. It’s a beautiful combination, you can hear everything, there is great clarity, and every instrument has its own voice. We had never gotten together until that first rehearsal here at my house in New York, and we spent about three hours the first day and another three hours the next day and we came up with some very nice music.
Read the whole thing here!!