Victoria & Albert 1981

This photograph captures the ensemble in performance in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, England. The music repertoire and the collection of instruments has expanded from the years previous to 1981. Here there are more original instruments in the collection like the double glass marimbas between the 2 players on the left. Also notice that these same 2 players are using either a reed or wind instrument. This, too, is a musical instrument area being explored in a glass way.

Candles placed in and around the instruments are now a standard part of Glass Orchestra performances. Traditionally all the lights onstage are turned off or very low allowing the candle light to be reflecting a hundred times in the instruments. There has been only one occasion when someone who was singing into a large bubble bowl actually ignited their hair.

The ensemble has always tried to capture the spirit of the music and archive all performances. The foreground set-up would consist of a (then) state of the art cassette recorder and stereo microphone.

 

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