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All Things Cage
Weekly program featuring conversations between Laura Kuhn, Director of the John Cage Trust, and Cage experts and enthusiasts from around the world.
Weekly Program
Weekly program featuring conversations between Laura Kuhn, Director of the John Cage Trust, and Cage experts and enthusiasts from around the world.
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Sept. 13, 2023, midnight
"All Things Cage" is a weekly program featuring conversations between Laura Kuhn, Director of the John Cage Trust, and Cage experts and enthusiasts from around the world. If youd like to propose a guest or a topic for a future program, write directly to Laura at lkuhn@johncage.org.Laura Kuhn presents the first recording of John Cages Europera 5, preceded by her reading Recollections of the Premiere Performance by Yvar Mikhashoff. This recording of Europera 5 was produced by Brian Brandt and released on the Mode Records label as Mode 36 in 1995, with performers Yvar Mikhashoff, Martha Herr, Gary Burgess, Jan Williams, and Don Metz. Europera 5 is the last and most diminutive of Cages operas " preceded by Europeras 1 & 2 (1984-1987) and Europeras 3 & 4 (1991) " and was instigated by pianist Yvar Mikashoffs desire for a small, more practical and portable, and more easily performed work in the series, which had its premiere in Buffalo at the North American New Musical Festival on April 12, 1991.
This week's program takes a look at Cages series of variations works, with emphasis on his Variations VII an elaborate technologically driven performance piece that was conceived for and included in 9 Evenings: Theatre & Engineering, a performance series presented by Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T.) at the 69th Regiment Armory in New York City October 13-23, 1966. E.A.T. is a nonprofit organization co-founded in 1966 in New York by artists Robert Rauschenberg and Robert Whitman and engineers Fred Waldhauer to encourage and facilitate collaborations between artists and engineers. Julie Martin, long-time wife to and now widow of Billy Klver, who died in 2004, contributed much to tonights program, as she continues to carry the E.A.T. torch. She is the current director of E.A.T. as well as co-executive producer, with the Swedish journalist and independent movie and documentary director Barbro Schultz Lundestam, of a series of films begun in 1995 that document the artists performances presented at 9 Evenings, including John Cages, which was published by ArtPix in 2008. We listen to a lengthy excerpt from this DVD, which in its entirety documents the only complete performance of Variations VII and also presents a stereo audio recording of the full 85 minutes of the 1966 performance.
The late Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer Kenneth Silverman once described his "Begin Again: A Biography of John Cage" (Knopf, 2012) as the hardest book hed ever written. This was because, as he put it, pick up any rock and theres John Cage! Indeed, Cage was not only a world-renowned composer, numbering among his compositions the still notoriously tacet 433, but a ground-breaking poet, a philosopher, a chess master who studied with Marcel Duchamp, a macrobiotic chef, a devotee of Zen Buddhism, a prolific visual artist, and an avid and pioneering mycologist. He was also life partner to the celebrated American choreographer, Merce Cunningham, for nearly half a century, and thus well known in the world of modern dance. Episode 135. EVERGREEN

John Cage's "Variations VII" Download Program Podcast
Weekly program featuring conversations between Laura Kuhn, Director of the John Cage Trust, and Cage experts and enthusiasts from around the world.
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