Philip Glass and Jim James Discuss Tibet House Benefit Concert

One of the founders of Tibet House US, famed American composer Phillip Glass, will once again be appearing at Carnegie Hall on Thursday, Feb. 21 for the 23rd annual benefit concert. This year he will be joined by Tenzin Choegyal, Ira Glass, Ariel Pink, Rahzel, Patti Smith and her band, tUnE-yArDs and My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James (@jimjames).

Today on Twitter Glass and James chatted in a conversation facilitated by WNYC’s Soundcheck (@Soundcheck). The first part of the #tibethousechat had James posing questions to Glass, and concluded with Glass querying James for a few insights. Tickets, widely ranging in price, are available for purchase here.





.@ do you believe repetition is a form of hypnosis? #tibethousechat
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.@ It can be — it’s not what i do. It’s not in my interests to put people to sleep. It’s not on my mind. 1/2
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. @ To me, paying attention is the most important thing and repetition is a way to sharpen attention. 2/3
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. @ I have no way to tell people what to listen to. And people fall asleep to listening Beethoven and Wagner too. (3/3) #pglass
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.@ i have heard that your music is good for bringing life into this world. would you agree with this sentiment? #tibethousechat
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. @ It’s a marvelous thought. I can only hope it might be. It’s not exactly why I write music, but it’s a great reason.
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.@ would you agree that the computer is the modern day equiv to the piano or other such “traditional” instruments? #tibethousechat
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. @ I think that’s a good way to think about the computer. There’s more to it than that. (cont.) #pglass #tibethousechat
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. @ It changes the way we compose but also how we think about composing music. (cont.) #pglass #tibethousechat
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. @ Younger musicians using that way. It’s an important development and one we should be looking forward to. #pglass #tibethousechat
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.@ what was it that first drew you to co-founding @? #tibethousechat
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. @ @ was founded at request of Dalai Lama to cultural centers around world: Mexico City, NY, New Delhi, among others.
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. @ It’s a place where Tibetan culture could be recognized, appreciated. Now it’s become part of the panorama that is NYC culture.
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.@ What drew you to perform with us at the @ benefit concert at @#PGlass
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.@ i agree with the basic principals of nonviolence, peace,
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.@ and equality that are at the core of @ and strive to share. #tibethousechat
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. @ I admire your music – where do you draw inspiration from? #PGlass
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.@ thanks for the kind words. i draw my inspiration mainly from europa, one of the many moons of jupiter. #tibethousechat
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.@ You just released a solo album-how is your creative process different with solo material vs. music with @#PGlass
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.@ solo work is like architecture or creating a structure, #tibethousechat
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.@ whereas band work is like holding hands and completing a circle. #tibethousechat
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.@ Last Q: The @ concert is known for one-of-a-kind collabs-which artists are you excited to see/perform with? #PGlass
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.@ in full truth and honesty im excited about all the artists as i admire and respect them all a great deal. #tibethousechat
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.@ Thanks Jim and this was a really interesting way of talking today. Looking forward to seeing you on 21st. #pglass #tibethousechat
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Thanks to both Philip Glass and @ for this great chat about @ concert on Feb. 21st! This was fun! #tibethousechat
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  1. spikenyc Reply

    That was terrible.
    Twitter for twits!
    Jim James – YAY!
    Phillip Glass – NAY~!

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