TIME Music

Watch Philip Glass Look Back on Decades of Bringing Music to Art

The iconic composer talks about his longstanding friendship with sculptor Richard Serra, his recent performance inside an art installation and his advice for young artists

Early in his career, Philip Glass gave intimate performances in art galleries and downtown New York City lofts. Today, at the age of 78, the acclaimed composer still hasn’t stopped playing in unconventional spaces.

“The kind of music that I was doing, that my friends were doing, was not welcomed in the concert halls,” says Glass. “But we had no problem playing in museums and galleries, so that’s where we went. And then we never really left them.”

Glass recently partnered with sculptor and longtime friend Richard Serra to organize a concert in which Glass and violinist Tim Fain perform inside Serra’s exhibition, Equal. The installation, currently on view at the David Zwirner Gallery in New York and recently acquired by MoMa, is composed of four pairs of stacked 40-ton steel cubes.

“His work possesses a very strong presence and identity,” says Glass. “So when we put music into a sculptural environment that his work is, it’s a real encounter.”

Yet Glass and Serra don’t talk explicitly about the relationship between music and sculpture.

“We’ve never discussed it, actually,” says Glass. “Yet over the last 30, 40 years—it’s a long time—there have been many times when we have put the music and sculpture together.”

One recent notable performance was in 2008, when Glass performed a solo piano concert at the Grand Palais in Paris inside another Serra exhibit. For their latest collaboration, the decision to put together the concert was simple. Serra had invited Glass to watch the process of installing his new work in the gallery—something Glass often does—and mentioned the idea to him.

“Richard said, ‘What would you think about playing here?’ And I said, ‘I think that’s a good idea,'” says Glass with a laugh. “That was it!”

They agreed to make the event a benefit concert to support House with Heart, an organization for women and abandoned children in Nepal that needed funds to rebuild their facilities following the earthquake in April.

As is evident in his relationship with Serra, Glass values collaborating with his peers in various fields. He advises young artists to do the same.

“When I talk to young composers, I always encourage them to find people their age who make music and make dance,” he says. “Don’t work with the older people. Work with the people your age, because then you’ll grow old with them. You’ll have them for your lifetime.”

TIME movies

Watch Michael Fassbender Channel Steve Jobs in the New Biopic Trailer

“Musicians play their instruments. I play the orchestra.”

If, like the majority of critics, you weren’t satisfied with the 2013 Steve Jobs biopic Jobs, there’s hope yet that a second attempt might make you forget a bespectacled Ashton Kutcher. The second film, Steve Jobs, is based on Walter Isaacson’s official biography, with Danny Boyle in the director’s seat and a screenplay penned by Aaron Sorkin.

The trailer plays like one long Sorkin-esque reproach of the demanding, arrogant Jobs, as played by Fassbender, with criticism levied by colleagues (Steve Wozniak, played by Seth Rogen, and Joanna Hoffman, played by Kate Winslet), executives (John Sculley, played by Jeff Daniels) and his spurned ex-girlfriend Chrisann Brennan (Katherine Waterston).

Though Steve Jobs will be released two years after Jobs, Sony Pictures acquired the rights to the biography roughly a year before production began on Jobs. Sorkin has said that the film will consist of three acts, each one dramatizing the events leading up to a major Apple product launch.

Steve Jobs hits theaters Oct. 9.

TIME Solutions That Matter

Graphene: The Material Of Tomorrow

Meet the wonder material that is one hundred thousandth of the thickness of a human hair, yet is a hundred times stronger than steel. Graphene has been called "the most exciting material of the 21st century," yet we have barely scratched the surface of what it is capable of doing

TIME Cuba

Watch President Obama Announce Cuba Embassy Opening

The U.S. and Cuba re-established diplomatic relations earlier this year

The United States and Cuba will open embassies in each other’s capital cities, formally rebuilding diplomatic relations for the first time since 1961

TIME Science

Explore the Science Behind Fireworks—and the Galaxy

How do fireworks work? The same way the universe does

To you and me, watching fireworks is an age-old pastime best spent with people you love. But to astronomers, seeing those beautiful colors light up the night sky means something entirely different.

The chemistry that enables people to see the array of colors during a fireworks show, is the same chemistry that allows astronomers to see stars and planets hundreds of light years away.

Watch materials scientist Ainissa Ramirez explain how this is possible.

 

TIME White House

Now You Can Take Photos at the White House

A four-decades-old ban is overturned

Visitors on public tours to the White House can now take photos and post to social media, First Lady Michelle Obama said Wednesday.

In a video posted to her Instagram account, she is shown tearing apart a White House sign saying “no photos or social media allowed.”

“Visitors are now able to take photos and keep those memories for a lifetime!” Obama wrote in her post. The White House is also encouraging visitors to share photos on social media with the hashtag #WhiteHouseTour.

The announcement overturns a four-decade ban on visitors taking photos on public tours. Video cameras, flash photography and live-streaming remain banned. The new policy doesn’t change restrictions on access for press photographers, which have long caused tensions between the Obama Administration and photographers at news organizations.

TIME viral

Someone Photoshopped Nicolas Cage As 30 Game of Thrones Characters

Welcome to Cage of Thrones

Game of Thrones has been over for a few weeks now, but fans with a lot of free time on their hands have kept themselves entertained by getting creative — like when one superfan re-cut scenes to make the despicable Ramsay Bolton look like a really nice guy.

This week, a Reddit user by the name of CarlosDanger100 gave you something else you didn’t think you wanted to see: He doctored Nicolas Cage’s face onto 30 different characters from the HBO hit. Some designs (like Cage as Cersei) aren’t as convincing, but others (like Cage as Stannis) work so well you may not be able to un-see it.

See the pictures below.

TIME Television

Watch Jon Hamm Explain Why Adults Like Minions

It's probably not the explanation you would expect

Minions, the small yellow creatures from the Despicable Me film series, have captured the attention of children everywhere with minion toys flooding toy stores. Now, actor Jon Hamm, a voice in the upcoming Minions movie, explains why they’re also appealing to adults — and it’s probably not the reason you would expect.

“I think these guys, these little minions are scientifically designed to be appealing to children, and not only children but adults,” the Mad Men star told Jon Stewart on The Daily Show Tuesday. “I think the reason they’re appealing to adults is because they look like capsules, they look like pills.”

“You know what movie I want to see?” Stewart replied humorously. “That Xanax movie.”

Check out the rest of the interview below.

TIME Greece

Markets Rise as Greece Makes Concessions, But No Deal Seen Before Sunday Vote

Greece is in a financial limbo now that its bailout program has expired

(ATHENS, Greece)—Greece’s government has made new concessions in talks with its creditors, though some European officials said they were still not good enough and that a deal was nevertheless impossible before a Greek referendum on Sunday.

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras sent a letter Tuesday night, just hours before the country’s bailout program was due to expire, saying his government was prepared to accept creditors’ proposals made last weekend, subject to certain amendments.

The creditors did not accept Greece’s new overture, leaving the country’s bailout program to expire. But eurozone finance ministers will meet again on Wednesday to discuss the terms again. Hopes that Tsipras was softening his position — after refusing for five months the spending cuts that creditors had demanded in exchange for loans — boosted markets on Wednesday.

But German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble was clear that no deal was imminent, at least not before Greece holds a popular vote on the creditors’ proposals on Sunday.

“Before a referendum, there is indeed no basis (for an agreement),” Schaeuble said.

In Athens, crowds of anxious elderly Greeks thronged banks for hours from before dawn Wednesday, struggling to be allowed to withdraw their maximum of 120 euros ($134) for the week after the government reopened some banks to help pensioners who don’t have bank cards.

Greece is in a financial limbo now that its bailout program has expired, cutting it off from vital financing and pushing it one step closer to leaving the euro. The country has put limits on cash withdrawals in order to keep banks from collapsing.

Its situation was further worsened Tuesday when it failed to repay a debt to the International Monetary Fund, the first developed country to do so. The last country to miss an IMF payment was Zimbabwe in 2001. As long as it is in arrears on the payment to the IMF, one of the country’s main creditors, Greece cannot get any more money from the organization.

Greece’s crisis took a turn for the worse after Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras announced last weekend that he would put a deal proposal by Greece’s international creditors to a referendum on Sunday, July 5, and urged a “No” vote.

The move increased fears the country could soon fall out of the euro and saw Greeks rushing to pull money out of ATMs, leading the government to shutter its banks and restrict banking transactions. Greeks are now limited to ATM withdrawals of 60 euros ($67) a day and cannot send money abroad or make international payments without special permission.

European officials and Greek opposition parties have been adamant that a “No” vote on Sunday will mean Greece will leave the euro and possibly even the EU. The government rejects the argument as scaremongering, and says dismissing creditor demands will mean the country is in a better negotiating position.

However, government officials have begun hinting that the referendum might not go ahead if agreement with creditors is reached this week.

“Look, if a deal is found, there is a chance there could be this possibility too. Everything is developing,” Health Minister Panagiotis Kouroumplis said when asked during a morning news show on Antenna television whether the referendum could be called off under certain circumstances.

On Tuesday night, Deputy Prime Minister Yannis Dragasakis hinted the same. The government decided on the referendum, he said on state television, “and it can make a decision on something else.”

It was unclear, however, how that would be possible as Parliament has already voted for the referendum to go ahead.

With many elderly Greeks unable to access any money without bank cards, the government said about 1,000 bank branches across the country would open for three days starting Wednesday to give them access to some cash.

But a seeming last minute decision to serve customers on an alphabetical basis, announced by some banks overnight and by others in the morning, led to chaotic scenes of confusion and anger, with many pensioners waiting for hours from before dawn to be eventually told they would have to return Thursday or Friday.

Others were told their pensions had not yet been deposited and they would therefore have to return later in the week.

“It’s very bad,” said retired pharmacy worker Popi Stavrakaki, 68. “I’m afraid it will be worse soon. I have no idea why this is happening.”

Meanwhile, many ATMs had run out of 20 euro notes, meaning the maximum they would dispense per day was one 50 euro note per bank card, effectively cutting the amount of cash Greeks have access to.

Capital controls will remain in place until at least next Monday.

“I don’t have a lot of money, but I have to buy medicine. It’s important,” said 62-year-old Nikolaos Agonatos.

Greece’s latest offer involves a proposal to tap Europe’s bailout fund — the so-called European Stability Mechanism, a pot of money set up after Greece’s rescue programs to help countries in need. It does not include the IMF.

Tsipras’ office said the proposal was “for the full coverage of (Greece’s) financing needs with the simultaneous restructuring of the debt.”

Speaking on a late-night television interview Tuesday, Dragasakis said the new proposal “narrows the differences further” between Athens and its creditors.

“We are making an additional effort,” he said. “There are six points where this effort can be made. I don’t want to get into specifics. But it includes pensions and labor issues.”

On international markets, shares in Japan and Hong Kong rose slightly Wednesday as investors watched to see the next step in the Greek saga.

“International markets appear to have found a level where they are happy to sit and wait on the next developments in the Greek debt crisis. Greece’s failure to meet the deadline on its IMF payment looks to have been fully anticipated by markets. Barring unknowns, the next critical event for markets will be the outcome of Sunday’s referendum,” Ric Spooner, chief market analyst at CMC Markets, said in a commentary.

TIME movies

Watch the First Trailer for Creed, the Latest Rocky Spinoff

Balboa agrees to coach Adonis and help him develop his own skill as a boxer

The Creed trailer has dropped, demonstrating Sylvester Stallone’s willingness to roll out iconic boxer Rocky Balboa in yet another film.

But Creed has a new protagonist — Adonis Johnson Creed, played by Michael B. Jordan of Fruitvale Station fame.

Director Ryan Coogler, who also worked on Fruitvale Station, the Sundance favorite that launched Jordan’s career, brought the actor back in to star in this boxing film.

The trailer shows the young boxer looking to understand his father’s fraught and legendary boxing career. Creed’s father, Apollo Creed, made his name going up against heavyweights like Balboa, but died tragically in the ring against Soviet athlete Ivan Drago (played by Dolph Lundgren in Rocky IV).

Balboa agrees to coach the younger Creed, helping him come to terms with his family history and develop his own pugilistic skills.

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