Part of Cage: Beyond Silence, which runs October 26, 2012 – January 20, 2013 at a variety of venues in Philadelphia.
Created the year he died, Cage’s only feature-length film One11 (1992) was composed entirely using 1,200 random operations devised by a computer—each determining the movements of a crane-mounted camera and the qualities of lighting within an empty room. A meditation on the perception of emptiness that harks back to Cage’s much earlier 4’33” (1952), One11 is a film without subject, persons or things, offering instead a sublime impression of another, timeless place. For this performance, a video of Cage’s own realization will be accompanied by a recording of its companion piece, 103 (for a large orchestra).
Cage: Beyond Silence is a major festival celebrating the music of John Cage. Taking place at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and venues across the city, events will unfold in three parts. The first, Move from Zero (October 26 – November 4, 2012) will provide an introduction to John Cage’s music, focusing on seminal works from his early career, such as Sonatas and Interludes (1946 – 48) and Music of Changes (1951), 4’33″ (1952), and will explore a variety of other stylistic periods through his solo repertoire. Parts two and three-subtitled The Year Begins to be Ripe (November 30 – December 12, 2012) and At Least We Have Begun (January 11 – 20, 2013) respectively-will juxtapose two of Cage’s “magnum opuses,” the mid-career polystylistic Song Books (Solos for Voice3-92) (1970) and the late-career meditative series of compositions titled Number Pieces (1987 – 1992). Several works will be given multiple performances,underlining the important role of the interpreter in realizing Cage’s scores and emphasizing the ephemeral and changing nature of these indeterminate works.
This festival will be presented in conjunction with the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s major exhibition Dancing around the Bride: Cage, Cunningham, Johns, Rauschenberg, and Duchamp.
Confirmed artists include Margaret Leng Tan, Christian Wolff, Keith Rowe, Pauline Oliveros, Michael Pisaro, Joseph Kubera, Joan Labarbara and Ne(x)tworks,the BSC, JACK Quartet with James Hirschfeld, PRISM Quartet with, Curtis Ensemble 20/21, Network for New Music, Relâche, Either/Or, Rob Haskins and Laurel Karlik Sheehan, Dan Blacksberg, Jay Campbell, and more.
Admission to tonight’s event is FREE.