John Cage's Roaratorio, An Irish Circus On Finnegans Wake Happy Days Enniskillen International Beckett FestivalMarble Arch Caves N. Ireland July 31, 2014 Standing on a street corner watching and listening to the world around you may not seem like an extraordinary event; after all, it's an everyday occurrence for millions of people around the world. For composer John Cage, it was a street corner--it just happened to be in Seville--and the infinite number of simultaneous visual and audible events he experienced while standing there that opened for him the world of theatre and ...read more
In the vivid imagination of John Cage, a perfect storm of ideas was always at work. And when the composer's mind opened up to the exactitude of spatial geometry and the asymmetrical balance of nature, magical things happened in the world of music. One of these was Ryoanji, a singularly beautiful work inspired by a visit to a 15th Century, eponymous Zen garden. Cage visited Ryoanji (Peaceful Dragon) in 1962, and the garden had a profound and transformative effect on him: the minimalist art of the garden caught Cage's attention; he noted the beauty of fifteen stones placed in seemingly ...read more
Join our growing community ofwriters, musicians, visual artists and advocates.