The Claremont Colleges Library, in conjunction with Pomona College, presents “Cage at Claremont” from September 24-28 with a full schedule of panels, lectures, artists’ workshops, and master classes, which culminates in a ticketed, one-night-only live performance of John Cage's Electronic Music for Piano. The concert evening opens with a 7:00 pm Pre-concert Lecture and is followed by an 8:00 pm concert.
Performers Gino Robair, Thurston Moore, David Toop and Jon Leidecker create this 60-plus minute piece that contains all elements of what Cage envisioned with his work—the artist using technology to keep a piece of art current, revealing and astounding.
This follows a new recording on Omnivore Recordings by the trio, reviewed this year by Rolling Stone. Written in Stockholm in 1964 on hotel letterhead, the notes for Electronic Music for Piano ask the performer to select parts from his Music For Piano 4-84 and use electronic equipment. Everything else is up to the artist’s discretion. John Cage (1912-1992) is one of the classical world’s best known experimental composers and theorists -with a Claremont Colleges connection: Cage attended Pomona College from 1928-1930.
The Claremont Colleges Library presents a new performance of one of Cage’s least-known and most enigmatic pieces, Electronic Music For Piano. For the Bridges Hall of Music performance, Gino Robair – musician, composer, improvisor – joins forces with Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth), David Toop (former member of The Flying Lizards, and recording artist on Brian Eno’s Obscure label) and Jon Leidecker (aka Wobbly, who has also worked with Negativland) to create a new version of this piece following the 2016 recording in London and Berkeley, California.
* Tania Chen, who was previously scheduled to perform, is unable to do so and Gino Robair will replace her at the keyboard for this performance and at other Cage @ Claremont events.
Supported by the Seymour Endowment Fund of The Claremont Colleges Library.
- Pomona College
- Bridges Hall of Music
- 150 E. Fourth Street
Free Admission, with tickets.