"Dreams & Meditations" & "Strange News"
Glenn plays music which is meditative and dreamy, lush and sensual, emotional and compositionally layered. Having performed and composed in many traditions, including classical, klezmer, jazz and Balkan, he brings many elements together in live performances which take advantage of all the sounds of the clarinet- its wide range and amazing tones. His first solo album, "Wider than the Sky," has been released to glowing reviews.
Initially inspired by guitarist Robert Fripp's Frippertronics and pianist Keith Jarrett's solo concerts of the late 1970's, Glenn has combined Fripp's techniques and concepts with Jarrett's spirit of spontaneous composition and transferred these ideas to the clarinet. He has created compositional frameworks and techniques allow the music to ebb and flow, breath and develop, creating musical journeys which Glenn likens to ever-evolving sound sculptures. The results range from intimate and meditative to rich orchestral sounds composed of layers of clarinet.
"Dreams & Meditations" lives in the realm of traditional tonality, while "Strange News" explores the microtonal world he discovered while studying and performing with composer/performer Joe Maneri. "Strange News" utilizes all the notes between the notes on the traditional keyboard, creating otherworldly harmonies and melodies.
Glenn has done solo performances of both approaches at churches and galleries in Boston & New York, presented as concerts and labyrinth walks.
“ I’ve played this enough times to be sure but in truth I loved this one from the first hearing. It is Avant Folk Primal you might say. The entire sequence places the listener into a peaceful, dream-like state and yet remains wholly cohesive and musically contentful.” - Grego Applegate Edwards