By Culturekiosque Staff
LOS ANGELES, 3 FEBRUARY 2012 Composer, poet, painter,
philosopher or, as Arnold Schönberg put it, an "inventor and a genius".
These are but a few attributes accorded the controversial American artist
John Cage (1912 1992). His concept of silence, his use of coincidence
and his involvement of art recipients revolutionised music, and impacted
heavily on dance and avant-garde art of the 1950s and 1960s.
Celebrating the 100th year of the birth of avant-garde music
pioneer, The Herb Alpert School of Music at California Institute of
the Arts (CalArts) presents a full slate of projects and performances for
2012. Many of the works will make their Los Angeles debut as a part
of the year long John Cage Centenary Festival.
To kickoff the festival, CalArts presents an intensive workshop that
will focus on interpreting, preparing, and performing Cages legendary
musical/theatrical composition Song Books, and will culminate in
a large-scale performance on campus on Sunday, 5 February 2012. This
performance aims to include at least one rendition of all 90 solos a
very rare occurrence in the works history.
The festival continues at REDCAT, the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts
Theater Wednesday, 15 February at 7:00 pm and Thursday, 16
February 2012 at 8:30 pm.
Programme for 15 February 2012
The New Century Players, the professional new music ensemble of the
Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts, joins forces with the CalArts
Orchestra for a program of large-scale pieces by the American visionary.
Note that all works are by John Cage and this program begins at 7 pm to
allow for the inclusion of an expansive line-up of works.
in programme order
Ryoanji (1984) solo; Rachel Rudich, shakuhachi
Dance/4 Orchestras (1982)
Ryoanji (1984) for ensemble
John Cage working with students at CalArts in 1986
Courtesy of CalArts
Programme for 16 February 2012
The New Century Players center the festival's second evening on the
Cage's seminal graphic score Fontana Mixa telling example of the
composer's fascination with the ideas of indeterminacy, chance, and
silence. In addition to the original Fontana Mix tape music composition
itself, the program consists of solo and small ensemble works by Cage, and
works composed referencing the Fontana Mix score or using the Fontana Mix
materials by Cage himself, and by composers responding to Cage's
in programme order
Playing continuously in the lobby: Karlheinz Essl: FontanaMixer (20047
John Cage: Fontana Mix (1958)
John Cage: Aria (1958) , with WBAI (1960)
Cornelius Cardew: Piece for Guitar (for Stella ) (1964) ;
Stuart Fox, solo guitar
John Cage: Water Walk (1959) ; Kristen Erickson ,
Ulrich Krieger: Unterwelten II & III, woodwind sextet
Max Neuhaus: Fontana Mix-Feed (1965)
John Cage: Theater Piece (1960) with WBAI (1960)
James Tenney: (Fontana) Mix for Six (Strings) ( 2001) , string
Seating is general admission and tickets at $20 ($16 students) are
available for purchase in person at REDCAT Box Office, by phone at (1)
213-237-2800, or online at www.redcat.org.
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