Hydrogen Jukebox is a chamber opera featuring the music of Philip Glass and the work of beat poet Allen Ginsberg. Its name is taken from a phrase coined by Ginsberg, from his poem Howl. I happened to run into Allen Ginsberg at St. Mark's Bookshop in New York and asked him if he would perform with me. We were in the poetry section, and he grabbed a book from the shelf and pointed out Wichita Vortex Sutra.
Produced for Euphoria Productions. Lt. NYC Recorded and mixed 1992-1993 at The Looking Glass Studios, NYC Music commissioned by Mr. and Mrs. William J. Gilliam in memory of Jeffrey E. Gilliam Hydrogen Jukebox was commissioned by Spoleto Festival USA and the American Music Theater Festival.
A departure for Glass and a new direction for Ginsberg, Hydrogen Jukebox is a great piece of work from two greats in the field of "new art" for the 20th century. The title, borrowed from Ginsberg's poem "Howl," is a dual reference to an American mentality that self-restricts its input - as well as a body of music that "begins to shake the bones" with the violence of a hydrogen bomb.
Hydrogen Jukebox - poetry/GINSBERG+music/GLASS. Hosted by Utopia Opera.
Philip Glass’s birthday today – continuing from yesterday, a Philip Glass weekend. PG: I had met Allen Ginsberg many times after I returned from Paris and India in 1967. He, of course was close to William Burroughs, whom I knew from the Chappaqua film work when I was assisting Ravi Shankar. See another selection from Hydrogen Jukebox on the Allen Ginsberg Project – here. See other Ginsberg Project Glass postings – here and here.
Hydrogen Jukebox is being revived for four performances at Boston Conservatory, beginning on Feb. 7. Conductor Ryan Turner and director Nathan Troup answered questions about the piece by e-mail. Q. What’s the importance of Hydrogen Jukebox in Glass’s oeuvre? Turner: Ginsberg and Glass, both Buddhists, found a common voice as cultural revolutionaries.
Glass: Hydrogen Jukebox. This disc contains recordings of fifteen songs performed by Philip Glass, libretto by Allen Ginsberg and conducted by Martin Goldray. Orchestra includes keyboards, flute, soprano saxophone, clarinet, percussion, and tenor saxophone. The vocal ensemble includes Elizabeth Futral, Michele Eaton, Mary Ann Hart, Richard Fracker, Gregory Purnhagen, and Nathaniel Watson.
Philip Glass - Allen Ginsberg -Hydrogen Jukebox (CD, Album). Philip Glass -Allen Ginsberg. Philip Glass - Allen Ginsberg -Hydrogen Jukebox (Cass, Album). Category Country Year 9 79286-2 US 1993.
|1||Song #1 From Iron Horse||6:40|
|2||Song #2 Jahweh And Allah Battle||3:40|
|3||Song #3 From Iron Horse||2:54|
|4||Song #4 To P.O.||3:42|
|5||Song #5 From Crossing Nation; Over Denver Again; Going To Chicago And To Poe: Over The Planet, Air Albany-Baltimore||5:42|
|6||Song #6 From Wichita Vortex Sutra
Piano – Philip Glass
|7||Song #7 From Howl
Saxophone [Tenor] – Richard Peck
|8||Song #8 From Cabin In The Rockies||4:23|
|9||Song #9 From Nagasaki Days (Numbers In Red Notebook)||0:40|
|10||Song #10 Aunt Rose||4:58|
|11||Song #11 From The Green Automobile||6:00|
|12||Song #12 From N. S. A. Dope Calypso||5:51|
|13||Song #13 From Nagasaki Days (Everybody's Fantasy)||4:56|
|14||Song #14 Ayers Rock / Uluru Song And "Throw Out The Yellow Journalists..."||4:08|
|15||Song #15 Father Death Blues (From Don't Grow Old)||5:12|
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|8-585||Philip Glass , Libretto By Allen Ginsberg||Philip Glass , Libretto By Allen Ginsberg - Hydrogen Jukebox (CD, Album, Ltd, Unofficial)||ArsNova||8-585||Russia||Unknown|
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