Visitors Live in Concert

Filmmaker Godfrey Reggio and composer Philip Glass collaborated on their first project in 1982, the landmark non-narrative feature film Koyaanisqatsi, which emphasized the power of images and music, touching on themes from spirituality, global ecology and “life in transformation.” A broad international fan community for Koyaanisqatsi emerged, inspiring Reggio and Glass to create two sequel films, a trio of revolutionary classic art films now known as the “Qatsi Trilogy.” After a twelve-year hiatus, the two artists reunited to create VISITORS, their first collaboration incorporating a full symphonic score. VISITORS premiered at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival with the Toronto Symphony accompanying the film as it screened, the first film to have premiered in such a way.

VISITORS has gone on to be presented with live orchestra around the world, providing audiences with a surprising and engaging cinematic and musical “concert” experience.

Philip Glass (biography)
Godfrey Reggio (biography)
Jon Kane (biography)
Transcendent piece of cinematic outsider art…Unlike anything else in the [Toronto International Music Festival] (or in the film world). Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
It is incredibly profound, unexpected and brave…Each moment was pure pleasure, a cathartic, cleansing experience. Alison Murray, Filmmaker Magazine
VISITORS marked the kind of once-in-a-lifetime experiences that make festivals like Toronto not just fun, exhausting and edifying, but sublime...It was very moving…profound. Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post
Every so often the [Toronto International Film Festival] provides a truly one-of-a-kind experience. Such was the case on Sunday night, when the Elgin Theatre hosted the world premiere of VISITORS, the newest work from monk-turned-filmmaker Godfrey Reggio…What made this evening truly memorable – aside from the presence of Reggio, executive producer Steven Soderbergh and composer Philip Glass – was that the score was performed by members of the Toronto Symphony. Chris Knight, National Post
The score of Philip Glass is amazing as always. Reggio and Glass – an explosive combination of two geniuses. Oleg Sulkin, Voice of America