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"Cage's Grandchildren": A Double-CD for Edition Wandelweiser Records
"Cage's Grandchildren": A Double-CD for Edition Wandelweiser Records
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“Cage’s Grandchildren - The Experimental Music Scene in Los Angeles”

In recent years a generation of composers have congregated around the California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles and have upheld the notion of an experimental music, one that is predicated upon acoustic phenomena. Two composers who have taught at „Calarts“ are mainly responsible for this development: James Tenney (1934-2006) and Michael Pisaro (b. 1961).

While Tenney’s influence was primarily based upon the in-depth study of alternative tuning systems, Pisaro has provided a vital impulse: the incorporation of natural materials as instruments and the inclusion of field recordings, text scores, the balance between sound and silence.... This is, in part, due to Pisaro’s affiliation with the composer group, Wandelweiser. (http://www.timescraper.de/home.html)

This development would of course have been unimaginable without the legacy of Cage. Hence, we can safely say that the designation Cage’s „grandchildren“ seems rather apt.

The CD program (a double CD in fact), which we have developed in collaboration with Edition Wandelweiser Records (http://www.timescraper.de/_e-w-records/_ewr-catalogue/index.html), will present works by younger composers who most certainly belong to the category “emerging artists”. These, in addition to works by Michael Pisaro and James Tenney, are:

Casey Anderson , Scott Cazan, Chris Kallmyer, Catherine Lamb, Liam Mooney, Mark So, Laura Steenberge, Quentin Tolimieri, Tashi Wada, Michael Winter

The “band”:

Lucia Mense - Recorder(s); Frank Gratkowski - Saxophone/Clarinet(s); Seth Josel - Guitar(s)/Banjo; Anton Lukoszevieze - Cello;  hans w. koch - Live-Electronics and Objects 

Your generous donations will cover diverse expenses associated with the recording, which runs from June 24 - 28, 2013 at the Deutschlandfunk, Cologne. These expenses include rehearsal space rental, amplifier rentals and transport within Cologne, as well as dry ice costs and delivery (for Mooney’s piece). In addition, your donations will go towards a modest per diem to cover daily living expenses for three musicians traveling from out of town during the rehearsal and production days, which in total are 10 days, as well as a token honorarium for the musicians' hard work. Finally, contributions must also cover the CD's mastering costs, which can be quite considerable . We graciously thank you for your time and consideration in support of this project.

Risks and challenges

At the present time, we see no obstacles which might prevent us from completing the project. An agreement has been reached between Deutschlandfunk Köln and edition wandelweiser. As long as we produce recordings of impeccable quality - which, in light of the impressive aggregate professional experience of the performers involved, can be safely assumed - our double CD shall see the light of day.

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    One signed photographic print by our multi-talented cellist, Anton Lukoszevieze. Anton uses analog methods to develop his photography. You can find out more about it at www.antonlukoszevieze.co.uk

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