John Cage Performance, Tania Chen
John Cage

John Cage

One-night-only live performance of John Cage's Electronic Music for Piano.

Performers Tania Chen, 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. Enter Tania Chen, the U.K.-based pianist who has become a revered and leading interpreter of Cage’s work. Recording in both London and Berkeley, California, Chen joined 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 helmed by Gino Robair—composer, musician and scholar.

Supported by the Seymour Endowment Fund of The Claremont Colleges Library.  

Friday, September 28, 2018 8:00 pm
  • Pomona College
  • Bridges Hall of Music
  • 150 E. Fourth Street
General Public
Pomona Alumni
Los Angeles
New York
Pomona Faculty and Staff
Pomona Families
Pomona Students
Claremont Colleges Community

Free Admission, with tickets information available after September 4, 2018.