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John Cage

In 1952, David Tudor sat down in front of a piano for four minutes and thirty-three seconds and did nothing. The piece 4?33--written by John Cage, is possibly the most famous and important piece in twentieth century avant-garde. 4?33--was a distillation of years of working with found sound, noise, and alternative instruments. In one short piece, Cage broke from the history of classical composition and proposed that the primary act of musical performance was not making music, but listening. Born in Los Angeles in 1912, Cage studied for a short time at Pamona College, and later at UCLA with classical composer Arthur Schoenberg

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Roberto Bonati: Vesper and Silence

Read "Vesper and Silence" reviewed by Maria Giovanna Barletta

Un luogo di raccoglimento, come una strada nascosta che conclude nel ritrovamento di se stessi. Una sorta di clausura feconda dove potersi ritrovare. Se potesse parlare di sé questo progetto direbbe, come Rilke «Sto, dentro al lavoro, come il nocciolo nel frutto». Questo lavoro in solo di Roberto Bonati è stato registrato dal vivo ...

John Cage - One11 with 103

Label: Mode 174
Released: 2006

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Joost Lijbaart: Free Conversations With Myself

Read "Joost Lijbaart: Free Conversations With Myself" reviewed by Ian Patterson

For an artist, making any album is something of a journey—the birthing of ideas, the moulding and sculpting of concepts, the creative trial and error, the emotional highs and lows, and in the end, the satisfaction of a work completed. Dutch drummer/percussionist and composer Joost Lijbaart has travelled that road many times in a thirty-year career, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Joost Lijbaart: Free

Read "Free" reviewed by Ian Patterson

As a student in the 1980s, Dutch drummer-percussionist Joost Lijbaart first dreamt of making a solo album, inspired by the examples of Tony Oxley, Pierre Favre, Art Blakey, Max Roach and Jack DeJohnette. A successful recording and touring career with Yuri Honing—and with his own groups—left little time for such a focused project. In 2014, Lijbaart ...

Rahsaan Roland Kirk: An Alternative Top Ten Albums Guaranteed To Bend Your Head

Read "Rahsaan Roland Kirk: An Alternative Top Ten Albums Guaranteed To Bend Your Head" reviewed by Chris May

Jazz musicians are rarely called shamanistic but the description fits Rahsaan Roland Kirk precisely. Clad in black leather trousers and heavy duty shades (he was blind from the age of two), a truckload of strange looking horns strung round his neck—two or three of which he often played simultaneously--twisting, shaking and otherwise contorting his body, stamping ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Deerhoof: Love-Lore

Read "Love-Lore" reviewed by Troy Dostert

"Where, in short, are the flying cars?" So asked David Graeber in 2012, in a widely-circulated essay entitled “Of Flying Cars and the Declining Rate of Profit." Graeber, an anthropologist of a decidedly unconventional bent, dedicated much of his academic career to challenging preconceived wisdom concerning the allegedly unlimited potential of capitalist economics and its attendant ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Steve Beresford and Angharad Davies: Trwst

Read "Trwst" reviewed by John Eyles

On March 6th 2020, Steve Beresford celebrated his seventieth birthday with a jam-packed three-day residency at London's renowned venue Café Oto, under the fitting heading “Piano, Noise, Music and Toys." (It was the last such event at Oto before its Coronavirus lockdown.) Across the residency, audiences saw a cross-section of performances which illustrated the breadth of ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Ayman Fanous / Frances-Marie Uitti: Negoum

Read "Negoum" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

The very flexible tone systems of the Middle East and Southern Asia have influenced Western music for decades. From John Coltrane to Jimmy Page and George Harrison, the sounds of those regions have often successfully fused with the disciplined beat of the West. Egyptian-born, New York-based guitarist and bouzouki player Ayman Fanous and American-born, Paris-based cellist ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Ostrava Days 2019

Read "Ostrava Days 2019" reviewed by Martin Longley

Ostrava Days Various Venues Ostrava Czech Republic August 22-31, 2019 The biennial Ostrava Days festival rolled around again, and there's nothing quite like a once-every-two-years event to make time appear to flow even faster than normal. As a moderne composition festival, it is difficult to accurately ...


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