According to Kevin James, "Sometimes, the thoughtful and respectful recreation of a work is the deepest form respect. Other times, taking that work, using it as a diving board to bounce on and leap from, and landing in a cannonball to splash the snoozing pool-side adults is a much more fitting nod. I think John Cage would prefer the latter."
James wanted to honor Cage on his centenary and his original idea for doing so was to put together a performance of Cage's 49 Waltzes for the Five Boroughs. But the performance by James's newly-launched [kāj] ensemble, while still very much indebted to Cage and his compositional processes, evolved into something that is ultimately quite different. To read lengthier musings by Kevin James's about his 100 Waltzes for John Cage, please visit NewMusicBox: newmusicbox.org/articles/provenance-and-process/
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