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Heroes Tribute: A Celebration of the Music of Philip Glass, David Bowie and Brian Eno

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“It was as though Philip [Glass] had fed into my voice…but somehow had arrived a lot nearer to the gut feeling of what I was trying to do.” – David Bowie on Philip Glass’s Symphony No. 4, “Heroes”

On several groundbreaking recordings made in the late 1970s, David Bowie combined influences from world music, experimental avant-garde and rock and roll, redefining the future of popular music. Co-written with Brian Eno and recorded in Berlin, Bowie’s heady 1977 album Heroes was released as punk rock was blazing. Years later, the album served as an inspiration and point of departure for one of composer Philip Glass’s symphonies. Here, Philip Glass’s Symphony No. 4, “Heroes” is performed by our own UNC Symphony Orchestra led by music director and conductor Tonu Kalam. The evening concludes with songs from Heroes performed by Merge Records artists and collaborators: singer/songwriter Dan Bejar of Destroyer, Superchunk frontman and Merge co-founder Mac McCaughan, Nashville guitarist/composer William Tyler, Jenn Wasner of Wye Oak, Megafaun’s Brad Cook, and jazz composer/saxophonist Ken Vandermark.

Read the essay featured in our Glass at 80 brochure >>

Read The Guardian article “Philip Glass on David Bowie: ‘He was a master unto himself.'” >>

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