20 July 2006

Frans Lanting -and- Philip Glass

I was first struck by the photography of Frans Lanting in the 1980s when I purchased a poster print of the penguin iceberg scene above - long before the Penguins film of 2005.
Photog Frans Lanting has teamed with composer Philip Glass and the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra conducted by Marin Alsop to present a multimedia creation story July 29th & 30th at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music in Santa Cruz.

Glass scored the music for the films Koyaanisqatsi and Powaqqatsi, which have drawn visual parallel comparisons to the current project. "The what?" you ask? Okay, scratch that. How about the police precinct TV show Barney Miller? Remember with Abe Vigoda as the detective named "Fish"? The show began with a hip, jazzy number w/o lyrics... Glass did that one, too. It's kinda like the obscurity of drummer Stewart Copeland from The Police who scored films such as Wall Street and Rumble Fish and many people are unaware of this.

Images from "Life : A Journey Through Time" will show on a 13 x 48 foot screen above and behind the musicians' stage. Tickets are going quickly at $30-45.

On assignment for National Geographic, Lanting has shot in Siberia, Australia, Brazil, Africa, India, the Antarctic, you name it. If you've picked up the magazine in the last 20+ years, you've seen his work.


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