John Cage and Zen Buddhism

Monday, July 23, 2012

Kay Larson talks about how Zen Buddhism influenced American artists in the years following World War II, especially experimental composer John Cage. In Where the Heart Beats: John Cage, Zen Buddhism, and the Inner Life of Artists looks at how his conversion to Zen Buddhism empowered him to compose his music and to inspire transformations in the lives of his fellow artists.


Kay Larson

Comments [4]

Amy from Manhattan

Um. Thanks, Joe, I'm flattered. Far as I know I wasn't named for the song, but lots of people thought it was cute to sing it to me, & by the time I was 5 I'd heard it enough times to last me the rest of my life!

Jul. 24 2012 01:02 AM
Joe Adams

After reading Amy from Manhattan's wise, well reasoned comments for at least a year, I understand why "Once in Love with Amy" was predictably composed. Loesser si, Cage no.

Jul. 23 2012 04:42 PM
Amy from Manhattan

I never thought of it before, but once I heard the promo for this segment, 4:33 was the 1st thing that came to mind: What is the sound of no key playing?

Jul. 23 2012 12:56 PM

How did they find out about Black Mtn. College? and how did they end up there? were they invited or did they apply??

Jul. 23 2012 12:52 PM

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