Re: Uncaged: JC and the New York School (January 2004)
Virginia Anderson <anderson.lists <at> ntlworld.com>
2003-06-04 15:27:52 GMT
Thanks, Clemens, for this info. I'd be a lot happier if the Cage thing was
done by the British musicians who have been playing and championing his work
for years and years. The line-up of guest artists would then start with
John Tilbury (often known as the David Tudor of England), playing Cage and
Feldman as he has done so wonderfully over the years (his Sonatas and
Interludes is still great and he played a sublime concert series surveying
Feldman's piano works in 1987). John White has been one of the best
interpreters of Satie over the years and Chris Hobbs premiered the entirety
of Les Fils d'Etoiles a hundred years after Satie himself (and is publishing
the first decent edition soon). That's just off the top of my head - there
are others who do classic American experimentalism, folks like Smith,
Parsons, and others.
They sure need some folk who know about Cage. What's this about Tudor being
Cage's student? And why are Varese and Hovanhess there?
Adams is a good bloke, with excellent experimental pedigree, and probably
doesn't have control over who they hire. But unless they just haven't
mentioned the core performers, this is just another case of the dilettante
modernists jumping on the bandwagon and slumming with Cage because the guest
star has got a paying gig to do it. If all things go to plan, the Beeb will
decide that it's all experimental, so the recording can be cut anywhere,
like it did when we did Paragraph 1 of Cardew's Great Learning.
My current research work is on the cultural hegemony of the modernist
mainstream and this could be another example, unless the BBC SO changes its
normal practice. In any case it sounds a real disaster. I'll save my money
to hear the real artists, if only in some back-street church or hall. Hmph.
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on 4/6/03 11:08 am, Clemens Gresser at c.gresser <at> gmx.net wrote:
> Dear All,
> Just got a blurb for a "Composer Weekend" in January 2004 at the
> Barbican Centre in London, UK (Europe):
> "Friday 16 - Sunday 18 January
> Uncaged: John Cage and the New York School
> The music of a true original, the American composer John Cage, his
> predecessors and followers. A weekend of concerts, films,
> happenings and talks, with music by Cage's influences including Ives,
> Varèse, Harrison, Hovhaness and Satie, and his students of the New
> York School, Morton Feldman, Earle Brown, Christian Wolff and
> David Tudor. John Adams leads a line-up of guest artists including
> Joanna MacGregor, Rolf Hind and Nicolas Hodges among others.
> Full details and tickets available from Autumn 2003.
> Call the Barbican on 020 7638 8891 to leave your details or email
> bbcso <at> bbc.co.uk in order to receive a brochure once they are
> That's all there is in the blurb. Once I know more, I will email it to the
> lists again. Otherwise, you can also look out at their website:
> Best wishes,
> c.gresser <at> gmx.net
> Remember, it's always someone else who dies.
> Marcel DuchampÆs epitaph.