Philip Glass for the Uninitiated

Philip Glass for the Uninitiated

I am here today to recommend some works by Philip Glass for those not familiar with the Master. Or, maybe you tried some Glass and quit.

Philip Glass : Aguas da Amazonia
Aguas da Amazonia

This is Philip with the Brazilian group Uakti. It is very percussive, as one would expect with music from Amazonia. It is very listenable.

From Wikipedia, “…Uakti (WAHK-chee) is a Brazilian instrumental musical group that is composed of Marco Antônio Guimarães, Artur Andrés Ribeiro, Paulo Sérgio Santos, and Décio Ramos. Uakti is known for using custom-made instruments, built by the group itself.

The name

The name of the group comes from a Tukano native South American legend. Uakti was a mythological being who lived on the banks of the Rio Negro. His body was full of holes, which, when the wind passed through them, produced sounds that bewitched the women of the tribe. The men hunted down Uakti and killed him. Palm trees sprouted up in the place where his body was buried, and the people used these to make flutes that made enchanting sounds like those produced by the body of Uakti….”

At Amazon, the CD i US$14.99. The mp3 download is US$8.99

Philip Glass : Saxophone
Philip Glass Saxophone

Philip Glass,The Rascher Saxophone Quartet, Andrew Sterman, The Philip Glass Ensemble Woodwinds

The works are:
1. Concerto for Saxophone (Quartet Version)
2. Melodies for Saxophone
3. The Windcatcher

This is very approachable music.

At Amazon the CD is US$17.99. The mp3 download is US$8.99

At Amazon, one can pretty much always preview the tracks at the mp3 site for the album.

I hope that some of you will give this music a chance.

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