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Glass on Colbert

Last night on The Colbert Report, Steven Colbert brought in Philip Glass to assist him in a parody of. . . Philip Glass.

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It’s clearly a spoof of Einstein on the Beach–or “Einstein on the Beeyotch,” as Colbert says at the end of the show when he thanks Glass and mentions the recently released recording of Glass’s A Toltec Symphony.  Colbert is one of the most knowledgeable television hosts on the air when it comes to contemporary classical music–and he expects his audience to get the joke.  (He’s also on the advisory board for New York’s Symphony Space, although not necessarily for music, since they also present film, theatre, dance, and literature.)  Yet one question remains: How can Colbert present Downtown music from a studio in Midtown?  Pick a side, Colbert–we’re at war!


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Comment from Steve Glassfan
Time: January 13, 2010, 2:36 pm

GLASS RULES! Philip is a great sport with a great sense of humor!

Comment from Richard Mitnick
Time: January 13, 2010, 4:13 pm

I interrupted Nadia Sirota’s gig on Q2 for this, and it was worth it.

Comment from Eric L
Time: January 13, 2010, 4:33 pm

Cool stuff. I’ve always loved Colbert, but esp when he does his faux-backhanded-shoutouts to Ornette Coleman or Bartok. Or his ‘feud’ with Rain…before K-pop was even on the map in the US. Stuff no one else would ever know or mention. I must say I am a little (just a little) disappointed at how ‘un-Glassian’ the music Glass is playing. I was expecting some arpeggios. heh.

Comment from Fran Tepper
Time: January 13, 2010, 9:55 pm

Stephen Colbert is obviously a fine judge of artistry. Phil was terrific, & seemed to be having a good time.

Comment from buddymose
Time: January 14, 2010, 1:14 am

If anyone can find it I am pretty sure Colbert made a reference to a La Monte Young piece a while back. I am thinking of one of the word pieces where a piano eats a bale of hay.