MATRIXSYNTH: THE MUSIC OF ChAnGEs - Event Celebrating John Cage

Friday, August 03, 2012

THE MUSIC OF ChAnGEs - Event Celebrating John Cage

"Our Variation VII is a program focusing on Cage's most pioneering experimental, electronic, and noise music. Starting with early works utilizing 'non-musical' objects to generate sound [ Living Room Music (1940) and Radio Music (1956) ], we move to Cage's music for amplified objects from the early 60's. These works, epitomized by Cartridge Music (1960), feature graphic scores written on transparencies arranged by performers to realize various "events" amplified with contact microphones and phonograph cartridges. Although Cage was famously opposed to improvisation, these works require musicians who can make musical decisions based on real-time listening -- a skill honed by all the sfSound players!

Balancing out the program are two acoustic works: Music For ________ (1984-87) for chamber ensemble and a new work for improvisers by sfSound's Christopher Burns.

household objects and voice

one to eight radios

phonographic pick-ups, small objects, furniture, contact microphones, and amplification

any number of toy pianos

a disciplined action with maximum amplification

water-filled conch shells, a conch shell player using circular breathing and the sound of fire

chamber ensemble

One3 (1988)
a hall on the edge of feedback

unlit cigarettes (for john cage) (2012)
a new work by Christopher Burns for four or more improvisers

Kyle Bruckmann, oboe, electronics & toy piano
Christopher Burns, electronics
Amar Chaudhary, toy piano
Daniel Cullen, toy piano
Tom Dambly, trumpet, furniture & electronics
Tom Djll, trumpet and electronics
Sivan Eldar, toy piano
Tara Flandreau, violin and electronics
Matthew Goodheart, furniture & electronics
Matt Ingalls, clarinet, furniture, electronics & toy piano
John Ingle, saxophone
Hadley McCarroll, furniture, voice & toy piano
Wobbly, electronics

This concert has been funded in part by:
The Aaron Copland Fund for Music
The Amphion Foundation
The San Francisco Grants for the Arts
and Individual Contributors"

This one in via Brian Comnes

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