john cage

In Performance: CAGE100 @ The Stone (New York City, NY)

The John Cage Centennial gives us 12 days of Cage on the composer’s 100th anniversary of birth. While classical ensembles and universities re-performing Cage’s pieces produce homages and work to embody that certain John Cage feeling, those looking for some of the most exciting and irreverent new music performances of and dealing with Cage’s oeuvre will find themselves at The Stone. During this series, contemporary performance and interdisciplinary artists demonstrate how the current movements into “new opera” and “performance music” also have roots in aspects of John Cage’s work involving objects, aleatoricism, electronics, noise, composer-performer relationships, voice, text, and intimacy of the performance situation. 9/4 begins CAGE100 @ Th...

First Person: Silence, The Menil Collection (Houston, TX USA)

  Silence is on view at the The Menil Collection from July 27 through October 21, 2012. The day after it opened, I visited the exhibition for what I hope to be the first of several visits. This exhibition is packed with a range of fascinating works. A performance highlight is two versions of a video of John Cage’s 1952 composition 4’33”. For this piece, the musician sits at a piano without producing any sound with the instrument. The sounds taking place as the musician sits in the environment are the work. Also on view is Tehching Hsieh’s One Year Performance (1978-1979). This includes documentation of the artist locking himself in a cage in a Manhattan loft for twelve months taking a vow of silence which included no conversing, no listening to the radio, no reading,...