Landmark Performances from Philip Glass’ Days and Nights Festival available to stream
The idea behind the project is to provide income to artists
Since 2011, Days and Nights Festival (Big Sur, California) has brought together luminaries and pioneers in fields including music, dance, theater, literature, film, and the sciences. Now, according to the official press release, from the beginning of February 2021, the Festival launched a premiere streaming portal featuring exclusive films of a selection of its landmark performances and events.
As the press release states, the festival was conceived and developed by world-renowned American composer Philip Glass. The composer has taken part every year since its inception.
Days and Nights is designed to encompass arts of all disciplines and nurture them in a way that welcomes the future while exploring seminal developments throughout history. Key to that vision are collaborations between artists from across a broad range of disciplines, and the selection of films slated for release includes contributions by such wide-ranging figures as JoAnne Akalaitis, Tibetan artist Tenzin Choegyal, Danny Elfman, Molissa Fenley, María Irene Fornés, Allen Ginsberg, Dev Hynes (Blood Orange), Jerry Quickley and Glass himself. Featured performers and ensembles include Dennis Russell Davies, Ira Glass, Matt Haimovitz, Tara Hugo, Lavinia Meijer, Maki Namekawa, Gregory Purnhagen, Third Coast Percussion, Opera Parallèle, and Glass and his Philip Glass Ensemble.
Produced and directed by filmmaker Arturo Béjar for his company Obsidian Lens, the films are being released under a visionary, fully transparent model designed to create real income for the artists involved. As an alternative, Days and Nights has developed a new model under which the films will be offered for sale and rental across a variety of platforms (as opposed to a single platform to which an exclusive license is granted).