The Lily in a Crystal (after Herrick)

Description: 

Gregory W. Brown's first work for electromagnetically prepared piano. All of the sounds are generated either by typical means, harmonics (reaching inside the piano), or by electromagnetically actuating the strings. There are no loudspeakers involved. Cage's influence is clearly evident, though these electromagnetic preparations differ from Cage's in that the added elements do not ever touch the strings directly.

About The Artist
Gregory W. Brown is an avid composer of acoustic and electro-acoustic music with performances throughout the United States and Europe. His studies were taken with 2000 Pulitzer Prize winner Lewis Spratlan, Stefan Young, Adrian Childs, and Leonard V. (“Chic”) Ball. His recent commissions for vocal ensemble New York Polyphony have been heard on American Public Media’s Performance Today, Minnesota Public Radio, Kansas Public Radio, and Danish National Radio; and his latest major work, the Missa Charles Darwin, was featured at a recent TEDx event in Woods Hole, MA, with the full premiere coming shortly thereafter as part of the Falmouth Forum. Recent commissions include works for New York Polyphony, Athens Guitar Trio, Manhattan Choral Ensemble, and the 2012 Five-College Choral Festival in Northampton, MA.

Artist Name: 
Gregory W. Brown
NYPL video?: 
No

30 Pieces for String Quartet

Description: 

In an exclusive interview with NYPL, David Harrington describes the technique and theory behind "Thirty Pieces for String Quartet," which Cage wrote for the Kronos Quartet in 1983. Violinist Emily Ondracek-Peterson demonstrates how to interpret certain notations in the violin part of the work.

About The Artist
Violinist David Harrington founded Kronos Quartet in 1973 in Seattle, Washington. Now based in San Francisco, the quartet has collaborated with renowned composers such as Phillip Glass and Steve Reich.
kronosquartet.org

Artist Name: 
David Harrington and Emily Ondracek-Peterson
NYPL video?: 
Yes

Three Cages

Description: 

An impressionistic video in sync with three sections of the John Cage composition "Four Walls" (1944), which also features the poetry of his life partner Merce Cunningham.

About The Artist
Alan Roth is primarily a documentary filmmaker, who also has produced more impressionistic/personal work such as this piece. His first documentary film "Inside Out In The Open" focused on the music known as "free jazz."

Mr. Roth has also directed all the videos for a women's HIV prevention program (http://stophiv.neu.edu

Artist Name: 
Alan Roth
NYPL video?: 
No

Spin-17 performs John Cage's ARIA

Description: 

Solo Voice piece for any range with electronics accompaniment. Its voice part is graphically notated in 10 different styles so that a performer can choose any 10 different vocal styles of his/her choice.

About The Artist
Spin-17 : Ed Chang on Electronics, Motoko Shimizu on voice

Artist Name: 
Spin-17
NYPL video?: 
No

John Cage 100 Anniversary Performance in Milan, Italy

Description: 

Sept. 5th, 2012: Happy birthday, Mr. Cage!

The prestigious Triennale Design Museum of Milan hosted us for a whole John Cage day and evening of lectures and performances. My contribution was an interpretation of Variations VI (1966).

Many thanks to: Sandro Mussida, Elio Marchesini, Alessandra Novaga, HurlaJanus Ensemble, Inkyung Hwang, Christian Schmitz, Luca Rullo, Lorenzo Villa, Triennale staff and everybody who attended (especially my students)

About The Artist

Giorgio Sancristoforo aka Tobor Experiment is an Italian sound artist. Graduated at SAE College and trained at the state-of-the-art THX certified post-production facility Marinastudios; started his career as audio engineer, sound designer and video editor in music and advertising.

In 2007 he wrote and directed for MTV Italy eleven short documentaries on electronic music called Tech Stuff, produced by The Box Films and recently published as a DVD + book by isbnedizioni. Since 2005 he has written several softwares (Gleetchplugs, Gleetchlab 1/2/3, OM, Berna) for sound-design and experimental music, appreciated in over 40 countries worldwide by thousands of musicians, producers, and teachers. He’s currently resident artist at AGON Contemporary Music Center of Milan working in interactive installations, experimental music and education as well as music assistant for composers. He also teaches sound synthesis, sound design and Max/MSP at Milan’s SAE College since 2002. His sounds and installations have been featured at the Shangai Expo 2010, Palazzo Reale of Milan, Valli Theater of Reggio Emilia, the National Museum of Science and Technology of Milan, Arena del Sole Theater of Bologna, Onedotzero, Nemo France, IDAP China and Japan, Le Cube France and Lovebytes UK.

His side-project Tobor Experiment Disco Experience is published by Bearfunk Records UK and includes collaborations with Stevie Kotey (Chiken Lips) and Fabrizio Mammarella (Clap Rules). Giorgio Sancristoforo is available for classes and lectures(English or Italian language) as well as site-specific installations and concerts.

He’s a member of the Electronic Music Foundation since 2010.

Artist Name: 
Giorgio Sancristoforo
NYPL video?: 
No

Suite for Toy Piano

Description: 

10.1.11 | Opening of CAAA Centre for Art and Architecture Affairs | Guimarães, Portugal
www.centroaaa.org

About The Artist
Joana Gama is a Portuguese pianist who plays mostly contemporary music.
www.joanagama.com

Artist Name: 
Joana Gama
NYPL video?: 
No

Living Room Music

Description: 

A short documentary on the preparation, performance, and history of John Cage's "Living Room Music." Performed by students from the University of Kentucky Contemporary Music Ensemble and from the University of Kentucky Graduate School of Music's Spring 2012 John Cage doctoral seminar.

About The Artist
The University of Kentucky Contemporary Music Ensemble (UKCME) consists of a group of musicians dedicated to the promotion of contemporary Western art music. Students from the University of Kentucky Graduate School of Music's Spring 2012 John Cage doctoral seminar also participated in a separate performance of the work.

Artist Name: 
University of Kentucky Contemporary Music Ensemble
NYPL video?: 
No

Balinese Bacchanale

Description: 

An arrangement of the Cage prepared piano work. For combined Balinese gamelan instruments. Arranged by Andrew McGraw and I Madé Subandi. Two differently tuned gamelan are combined to synthesize a non-tempered chromatic scale.

About The Artist
Ceraken, led by the renowned composer I Madé Subandi, is a Balinese music ensemble dedicated to traditional, contemporary and experimental Balinese music. Conceived and produced by Giovanni Sciarrino in July 2012, the project entailed arranging nine Cage prepared piano works for hybrid sets of gamelan and prepared gamelan.

Artist Name: 
Ceraken
NYPL video?: 
No

Hamilton Grange Teens Interpret John Cage

Description: 

Watch as teens from the Hamilton Grange location of The New York Public Library share their interpretation of Cage's 4'33".

Artist Name: 
Hamilton Grange Teens
NYPL video?: 
Yes

Morris Park Teens Interpret John Cage

Description: 

Watch as teens from the Morris Park location of The New York Public Library share their interpretation of John Cage.

Artist Name: 
Morris Park Teens
NYPL video?: 
Yes
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