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Matthieu Ricard & Philip Glass
Moderated by Mark Epstein

Conversation on Contemplation and Creativity
Monday, September 13, 2010
7pm

FIAF, Florence Gould Hall
Event proceeds to benefit Karuna-Shechen.
Followed by a book signing of Matthieu Ricard’s newly released
book Why Meditate.

   
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The practice of contemplation has long been a critical element in many artists' working process, and is often embedded in their resulting work. Artists, scientists and spiritual leaders all help develop our understanding of this profoundly human phenomenon. Several artists in this year's Crossing the Line festival such as Eliane Radigue, Ryoji Ikeda, Richard Garet, and Raimund Hoghe quite explicitly evoke a level of sustained attention.

This conversation explores the crossroads between contemplation and artistic practice with best-selling French author, photographer, and Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard, and legendary composer Philip Glass. Moderated by Mark Epstein, MD, a noted psychiatrist who has written extensively on Buddhism and psychotherapy.

In English.

Join us for this exceptional talk, which will be followed by a book signing of Matthieu Ricard’s newly released book Why Meditate.

Please Note: Event proceeds to benefit Karuna-Shechen, a non-profit organization providing access to primary healthcare and education in India, Nepal, and Tibet.

Matthieu Ricard Bio
Matthieu Ricard is a Buddhist monk who had a promising career in cellular genetics before leaving France to study Buddhism in the Himalayas thirty-seven years ago. He has lived and worked in the Himalayan region for forty years. He is also a bestselling author, translator and photographer, and an active participant in current scientific research on the effects of meditation on the brain. He lives in Tibet and Nepal and works on humanitarian projects in these countries. Matthieu donates all proceeds from his work and much of his time to thirty humanitarian projects in Asia: www.karuna-shechen.org.

Philip Glass Bio
Through his operas, his symphonies, his compositions for his own ensemble, and his wide-ranging collaborations with artists ranging from Twyla Tharp to Allen Ginsberg, Woody Allen to David Bowie, Philip Glass has had an extraordinary and unprecedented impact upon the musical and intellectual life of his times. He was born in 1937 and grew up in Baltimore. He studied at the University of Chicago, the Juilliard School and in Aspen with Darius Milhaud. Finding himself dissatisfied with much of what then passed for modern music, he moved to Europe, where he studied with the legendary pedagogue Nadia Boulanger (who also taught Aaron Copland , Virgil Thomson and Quincy Jones) and worked closely with the sitar virtuoso and composer Ravi Shankar. He returned to New York in 1967 and formed the Philip Glass Ensemble - seven musicians playing keyboards and a variety of woodwinds, amplified and fed through a mixer. The new musical style that Glass was evolving was eventually dubbed "minimalism." Glass himself never liked the term and preferred to speak of himself as a composer of "music with repetitive structures." Much of his early work was based on the extended reiteration of brief, elegant melodic fragments that wove in and out of an aural tapestry. Or, to put it another way, it immersed a listener in a sort of sonic weather that twists, turns, surrounds, and develops. There has been nothing "minimalist" about his output. In the past twenty-five years, Glass has composed more than twenty operas, large and small; eight symphonies (with others already on the way); two piano concertos and concertos for violin, piano, timpani, and saxophone quartet and orchestra; soundtracks to films ranging from new scores for the stylized classics of Jean Cocteau to Errol Morris's documentary about former defense secretary Robert McNamara; string quartets; a growing body of work for solo piano and organ. He has collaborated with Paul Simon, Linda Ronstadt, Yo-Yo Ma, and Doris Lessing, among many others. He presents lectures, workshops, and solo keyboard performances around the world, and continues to appear regularly with the Philip Glass Ensemble.

Mark Epstein Bio
Mark Epstein, M.D. is an American psychiatrist who has written extensively about Buddhism and psychotherapy. Epstein is a graduate of Harvard College and the Harvard Medical School. He has been a practicing Buddhist since his early twenties. He is a psychotherapist with a private practice in New York City, contributing editor to Tricycle: The Buddhist Review and Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychology at New York University. His books include Thoughts Without a Thinker, Going to Pieces without Falling Apart and Open to desire.

 

Ticket Price
FIAF Members $12
Non-Members $18

Venue
Florence Gould Hall
55 East 59th Street
New York, NY 10022

Subway
4, 5, 6 to 59th St
N, R, W to Fifth Ave
E to 53rd St & Fifth Ave

Image: Matthieu Ricard / © Shechen Archives

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Matthieu Ricard and Philip Glass, Sept 13

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