John Ferrara: Opening

When I was in college, one of my best friends turned me onto the composer Philip Glass and I was hooked. His minimalist style entranced me with its use of repeated themes and overlapping rhythms. It seemed mind-bending to be performed on the piano, which is why my jaw hit the floor when John Ferrara sent me this video.

The bassist put his two-handed tapping to use to cover the first track from Glass’s iconic Glassworks album, which is aptly entitled “Opening.”

“I am so proud and excited to share with you this beautiful piece from one of my favorite composers,” Ferrara shares. “It is originally intended for piano, but since I am pretty much inept at any other instrument I try to figure out ways to perform songs that I love on the one that makes sense to me, the bass.”

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