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.
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."
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").
Merce Cunningham 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.