Listen on demand to WNYC's first-ever online music festival, celebrating the life and legacy of the patriarch of American contemporary music, John Cage. Helga Davis guides us through 24 hours and 33 minutes of exclusive audio from the WNYC archives, as well as Cage tributes, commentary, and performances by some of the most influential musicians of our time.
WNYC.org also features Web exclusives, including videos, interviews, a timeline, links to Cage's visual art, and more.
This program is supported in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
Monday, August 27, 2007
John Cage talks about how he got into working with chance procedures and came to redefine the so-called "purpose" of music.
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Singer Joan La Barbara talks about her work with John Cage; featured music includes "Double Music," "Atlas Eclipticalis," and "A Flower."
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Composer/performer Meredith Monk talks about having John Cage over for meals; his reaction to her music, and their last experience together.
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Conductor Robert Spano weighs in on how John Cage rescued the compositional process from hyper-intellectualism — and restored a sense of joy and wonder to music-making.
Friday, August 31, 2007
Hear the story of the anechoic chamber (with versions by both John Cage and David Garland); David talks about his experiences sitting across from Cage and hearing his music.
Sunday, September 02, 2007
One of the founding members of Merce Cunningham's dance company, Carolyn Brown talks about life on the road with John Cage — including their adventures in mushroom picking. Featured music includes "In a Landscape" and "The Seasons."
Monday, September 03, 2007
Avant-garde pianist and John Cage disciple Margaret Leng Tan talks about her mentor's marvelous sayings, and his thoughts about his famous invention, the prepared piano (featured music includes the "Sonatas and Interludes").
Saturday, September 01, 2007
Mode Records director Brian Brandt talks about his experiences in producing John Cage's music, with a description of Cage and Merce Cunningham's 6th avenue loft.
Tuesday, September 04, 2007
shares personal anecdotes about John Cage, including how Cage found their 6th Avenue apartment, his work habits, cooking abilities and fashion preferences — and how together they engaged in a perpetual quest to expand the boundaries of art.
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Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Legendary dance figure Merce Cunningham shares anecdotes and personal memories of his life partner John Cage, in video excerpts from an August 22nd, 2007 interview conducted by Laura Kuhn for WNYC.
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Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Browse our web-exclusive materials, including videos of John Cage talking about and performing his music; a detailed timeline of events in Cage's life; some notable Cage quotes; interviews, and art.
Monday, August 20, 2007
Join us for 24:33, as WNYC's weekend overnight host Helga Davis guides us through 24 hours and 33 minutes of John Cage's recorded music, plus rare archival audio of interviews and live performances.