Philip Glass ; On the road

Contemporary music composer Philip Glass is now seventy-eight years old but seems unstoppable. He is always working, always traveling and after many years he still has success on his side.
His shows in the big international music temples are always sold-out.
These international concert halls are not only filled with Glass fans from the first hour, but also with many new and young fans.

He is always working, Philip Glass, the man who became famous thanks to his 'minimal music' with which he managed to bridge the traditional gap between classical and popular music.
He founded the Philip Glass Ensemble in 1968 and ever since he has tirelessly continued to build on an enormous oeuvre consisting of operas, symphonies, film scores, concertos and many other pieces of music, including masterpieces such as 'Einstein on the Beach' and 'Koyaanisqatsi'.

Directors Manon Lichtveld and Bas Westerhof followed and filmed Glass on the road for a year. Their documentary sketches the image of an artist who travels restlessly all over the world, but who remarkably enough also continues to work undisturbed everywhere, with the dedication of a monk to his music. Whether he is on the plane or in a hotel room, he holds tight to his routine of composing. And wherever he is, he always radiates the same concentration in his contacts with musicians and conductors.

Lichtveld and Westerhof also met the composer at his home base in New York, where he regularly returns for a few moments of relaxation with his two young sons and ... for more work. In the tranquility of his New York office, he confides to the filmmakers that, as the son of a father with a record store, he understood at a very young age that music had to be paid for. This knowledge has ensured that Glass is not only known in the music world as an artistic genius but also - thanks to its own music publisher and record label - as a good businessman.

Directors: Manon Lichtveld & Bas Westerhof A Beat the Dutch Films film in coproduction with AVROTROS With the support of CoBO

Philip Glass - On the road

Philip Glass - On the road

Philip Glass, composer of contemporary music, is already seventy-eight years old, but he does not appear to want to stop any time soon. He is always at work. Philip Glass, the man who became famous for his 'minimal music’,with which he bridged the gap between classical en popular music.
In 1968, he founded the Philip Glass Ensemble, and since then he has continued to expand his enormous oeuvre, consisting of operas, symphonies, film scores, concertos and many other musical pieces, amongst which master pieces such as, 'Einstein on the Beach' and 'Koyaanisqatsi'.
Directors Manon Lichtveld and Bas Westerhof followed and filmed Glass 'on the road’ for an entire year.
Their documentary paints a picture of an artist who ardently travels around the world, but who remarkably, and also imperturbably and similar to the dedication of a monk, continues to work on his music wherever he is. Whether on a plane or in a hotel room, Glass sticks to his routine of composing. Wherever he is and whatever musicians and conductors he works with, he always exudes the same concentration.
Lichtveld en Westerhof also met the composer at his home base in New York. Here he regularly returns to enjoy some moments of relaxation with his two young sons and, of course… more work.
In the tranquility of his New York study, he tells the filmmakers that he, as the son of a father with a record store, from a young age already understood that music needs to be paid for. This knowledge not only demonstrates that Glass is known as an artistic genius, but also - thanks to his own music publishing business and record label - as a smart businessman.

World Premiere: 21 of May 2015 Dutch Television

Photography: Bas Westerhof
Director: Manon Lichtveld
Editor: Manon Lichtveld
Colorist: Max Vonk
Sound Post Production: Jaim Sahuleka
Commissioning Editor AVRO/TROS Marijke Huijbregts
Producer: Bas Westerhof, Beat the Dutch Films

Philip Glass is a production of Beat the Dutch Films in
co-production with AVRO/TROS (Independent Dutch Public Service Broadcaster)
and was made with the support of COBO Dutch Film fonds