Eric Satie

First Person: Worldwide Vexations (Global)

In a recent collaboration, musicians in cities around the world put together a singular performance comprised of 97 musicians in 16 different cities concurrently. This was broadcast on a central website via webcam. The piece being performed was Eric Satie’s Vexations–a piece when performed in its entirety, is repeated 840 times, totaling an 18-hour performance. Very few other performances of the piece in its totality have occurred. The most notable being a performance put on by John Cage and David Tutor at the Pocket Theater in New York in 1963. In the 2012 performance, titled Worldwide Vexations, performers would broadcast individual performances simultaneously from a central website, not only to complete the 18 full hours, but also to make a statement about collaboration in music. ...