Saturday, April 13, 2013

John Cage: 90 stories / Empty Words, Part III

Roger Nelson and Neal Meyer present a simultaneous performance of John Cage's one-minute stories (Nelson), and Part III of Cage's epic text composition, Empty Words (Meyer). Cage's stories are alternately hilarious, poetic, and epiphanic. Empty Words, Part III is a mix of words, syllables, and letters from the Journal of Henry David Thoreau. The performance is a tribute to the classic Folkways album, Indeterminacy, in which Cage recorded his stories in one room, while David Tudor performed Cage's Solo for Piano in another.

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