Monday, January 05, 2009

John Cage- Prelude II, The Seasons


I can scratch another item off my list of mandatory life experiences.

Last night I witnessed The People's Liberation Big Band perform John Cage's 4'33". I laughed out loud through much of it. My full account is at Plastic Sax.

Margaret Leng Tan interprets several of Cage's piano works on the immensely listenable Daughters of the Lonesome Isle. I'm featuring the disc's briefest piece. It's only 48 seconds, yet after listening to it on repeat for ten minutes I feel like I'm only beginning to comprehend its structure and conceptual ambition.

I reveal the status of my compulsive music addiction here.

Kansas City Click: The Sham top tonight's bill at the Record Bar.