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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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"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 talks with vocalist and composer Joan La Barbara, whos renowned for developing a unique vocabulary of experimental and extended vocal techniques influencing generations of other composers and singers. She has performed Cages works for decades, and in 2013 was among the guest collaborators with Michael Tilson Thomas and the New World Symphony in Making the Right Choices: A John Cage Centennial Celebration; in 2016 she received the Foundation for Contemporary Arts John Cage Award. Her numerous commissions for multiple voices, chamber ensemble, orchestra, interactive technology, and dance and film sound scores include Sesame Street Signing Alphabet (voice w/live electronics) broadcast worldwide since 1977 and collaboration with Johann Johannsson for the feature film Arrival. Her multi-layered textural compositions premiered at Brisbane Biennial, Festival dAutomne a Paris, Warsaw Autumn, MaerzMusik Berlin among other international venues. La Barbara was Artistic Director of the multi-year Carnegie Hall series, When Morty met John, focusing on the music of John Cage, Morton Feldman and the New York School. Kuhn and La Barbara have known each other for going on forty years, first working together on an excellent realization of New Music America in Los Angeles in 1985. Tonights program is framed by Joans renditions of two of the Solos for Voice from John Cages Song Books: at the start, Solo for Voice 49, and at the close, Solo for Voice 67, both from New Albions N035 CD, Joan La Barbara, Singing Through (1990).
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 059. EVERGREEN

Joan La Barbara 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.
00:59:16 1 March 10, 2022
Produced for Wave Farm in the Hudson Valley in New York.
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