On Silence

March 25, 2012 @ 7:30 PM
Clarke Recital Hall at the L. Austin Weeks Center for Recording and Performance

Charles Mason, coordinator

On Silence is a project conceived, produced and performed by Juraj Kojs to celebrate the centennial of John Cage (September 5, 1912 – August 12, 1992). The project consists of 13 new commissioned compositions, each 4 minutes and 33 seconds long. The duration references Cage’s infamous 1952 opus with the title 4’33”, which was premiered by David Tudor sitting at the instrument for the assigned time, occasionally turning score pages and performing nothing.

Thirteen young and up-and-coming composers from the US, Europe, South America and Japan were invited to reflect on what John Cage means in their creative life. They were asked to compose a work with duration of 4 minutes and 33 seconds, drawing sources from grand piano, software and hardware technologies, everyday objects, and musical toys.

The commissioned composers are Christopher Cerrone (USA), Natacha Diels (USA), Kasia Glowicka (Poland), Andrew Greenwald (USA), Adrian Knight (Sweden), Juraj Kojs (Slovakia/USA), Jessie Marino (USA), Paula Matthusen (USA), Chikashi Miyama (Japan), Spencer Topel (USA), Chester Udell (USA), Jorge Variego (Argentina) and Henry Vega (Venezuela/USA).

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