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It's Never Too Late to Dance

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Renowned choreographer Bill T. Jones stopped dancing in his 50s - and recently, did something radical. He created a dance based on John Cage's ideas about chance and randomness. He felt compelled to reinvent his career at this stage of his life.

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All Ears with Terrance McKnight

Tired Energy

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Terrance McKnight says he got the idea for this week's show while waiting on the subway platform when a guy ranted about being tired of everything, from waiting on the train to people talking loudly.

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Henry Cowell: An Unknown Great

Friday, October 12, 2012

There's been a lot of talk lately about the late American composer John Cage, whose 100th birthday would have occurred on September 5. But Cage didn’t materialize out of thin air: He found inspiration from the work of another composer, Henry Cowell.

In fact, several generations of America’s most important composers owe a musical -- and perhaps philosophical -- debt to the 20th century innovator. And yet, people who at least know the names of John Cage, or Aaron Copland, or perhaps Charles Ives, have no idea who Cowell was.

Author and conductor Joel Sachs aims to change that with his book Henry Cowell – A Man Made of Music, and he joined us in the studio.

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John Cage: City Circus, Program V

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

WNYC

Airs 8PM, Wednesday, 10/10 on the Q2 Music stream.
For this show, the fifth in the John Cage: City Circus series, hear words and music by John Cage. From an entire program of "Singing Through John Cage," recorded live at Central Park Summerstage in July of 1992, just a month before Cage died that August, vocalist Joan La Barbara performs Cage's setting of a text by e.e. cummings. Also, the Dutch ensemble The Barton Workshop performs Cage's "Music for Six," where each player is an individual, reacting personally to pitches in a time frame and not to one another.

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Spinning on Air

John Cage's Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano, with Adam Tendler

Sunday, September 02, 2012

David Garland welcomes pianist Adam Tendler for an introduction to the unusual, beautiful sounds of Cage's Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano, and some of the ideas and thoughts behind them. Featured are highlights from Tendler's performance of the piece recorded at Seabury Hall, Maui, in 2008.

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So Percussion: In Studio

Monday, March 19, 2012

Thanks to the quartet known as So Percussion, the world no longer needs to wonder what an amplified cactus or a set of teacups sounds like. Now, the group is looking back at the adventurous work of the late composer John Cage as part of the American Mavericks festival at Carnegie Hall and online at Q2.  

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Top Five Christmas Day Musical Events

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Just because it’s Christmas doesn’t mean the music has to stop. Here are our top five ways to get your music fix on Dec. 25, from the spiritual to the irreverent.

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Music for Solo Piano

Saturday, December 18, 2010

"Solo" can mean several things, including playing inside on the piano strings, preparing the instrument, and even just playing on the keys.  We’ll hear all of the above, in music by Jon Balke, John Cage, Stephen Scott, Hauschka, and Hans Otte.

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An interesting year in soundtracks

Monday, December 13, 2010

John Schaefer likes these film scores, even though he hasn't seen the films.

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Music Is a Building

Thursday, September 09, 2010

The late John Cage once said, “Everything you do is music, and everywhere is the best seat.” Architect and composer Christopher Janney’s latest art installation is called “Everywhere Is The Best Seat,” and he joins us to talk about sound art, sonic architecture, and Cage's legacy.

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The Quiet Legacy of John Cage

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Let the people play - why should musicians have all the fun? 

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Around the Block

Thursday, July 29, 2010

John Schaefer says "I have nothing to say, and I am saying it."

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John Cage: City Circus, Program V

Wednesday, June 08, 1994

For this show, the fifth in the John Cage: City Circus series, hear words and music by John Cage. From an entire program of "Singing Through John Cage," recorded live at Central Park Summerstage in July of 1992, just a month before Cage died that August, vocalist Joan La Barbara performs Cage's setting of a text by e.e. cummings. Also, the Dutch ensemble The Barton Workshop, performs Cage's "Music for Six," where each player is an individual, reacting personally to pitches in a time frame and not to one another.

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