Marking the 100th anniversary of John Cage’s birth and 20th anniversary of his death, this evening focused on slowness and duration, across six distinctive performances. Cage’s Postcard from Heaven performed by Rhodri Davies (harp) included continuously sustained sounds. Ryoanji performed by Susan Stenger (flute), Robert Poss (percussion) and Dominic Lash (double bass), is Cage’s long, meditative work inspired by a Zen garden. World premieres included A Cage of Stars composed by Phill Niblock for Rhodri Davies, and The Lament of John Cage by Yoshi Wada for Susan Stenger and Robert Poss (electric guitar), Tashi Wada (reed organ), Joe Whelan (timpani), and the City of Newcastle Pipeband. Poets Kenneth Goldsmith and Alec Finlay read Cage’s texts and poetry inspired by him.

Credit
Curated by AV Festival 12 and Susan Stenger. A Cage of Stars by Phill Niblock was commissioned by AV Festival 12. UK Premiere.

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