The Generous Ensemble will celebrate John Cageʼs 100th Birthday in a manner unlike any other Cage centennial concert this year.
In July, Scott Comanzo, the artistic director of the Generous Ensemble, put out a call for 16-second long contributions (or shorter!) to a 40-minute collage piece based on Erik Satieʼs Vexations. 133 composers, ages 16 to 74, from all over the world (including Australia, Japan, Lithuania, Great Britain, and Canada) have responded and written these tiny vignettes to be performed as one piece on September 5th.
Cage is credited for being the first and foremost Satie champion in the United States among his many innovations that have changed the face of art, society, and the course of history.
One of Cageʼs innovations was the use of “chance operations” in music composition. The Generous Ensemble employed chance operations to determine the order of performance for the contributions, which will be played consecutively as if one large piece. This collage style also draws inspiration from two additional Cage innovations: the “Exquisite Corpse” style of music composition collaboration and the “Musicircus.”
The Generous Ensemble will open the concert with a performance of Variations I by Cage, accompanied by a projection of the piece's non-traditional graphic score to be viewed by audience and performers alike.
All funds raised toward our goal go into paying the eight performers who have contributed their time, energy, and enthusiasm to make this project a reality. Money above the goal will be split between production costs (including travel, food, photography, and videography), paying the musicians more competitively, and keeping the Generous Ensemble alive!
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