Third Coast Percussion gets Cagey

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As I mentioned last week, Chicago's own Third Coast Percussion is getting in on the John Cage centennial with a concert at Mayne Stage on May 25. The show is also a release party for a forthcoming album of Cage percussion music on the excellent Mode label, and today Third Coast announced how one of the pieces on the program is coming together. RENGA: Cage: 100 is a hybrid of two Cage works, Renga and Apartment House 1776, which were written so that they could be performed simultaneously. For its combined version, Third Coast solicited material from 100 composers, "each contributing a sound, a musical idea, or some other prescribed performance or activity."

The group will then use some kind of chance operation—a technique Cage loved to build into his music—to determine how those pieces will fit together. According to a post on Third Coast's Tumblr page, as of this morning 63 composers have already signed on, including Anna Clyne, Marcos Balter, Augusta Read Thomas, Martin Bresnick, Timo Andres, Dai Fujikura, Annie Gosfield, and Aaron Siegel. The group has also released a free John Cage iPhone app.

Today's playlist:

The Perennial Medium, The Perennial Medium (Safe as Milk)
Susan Cadogan, Hurt So Good (Trojan)
Paul Bley/Gary Peacock/Paul Motian, Not Two, Not One (ECM)
Homer Banks, Hooked by Love: The Best of Homer Banks (EMI, UK)
John Renbourn, Another Monday (Transatlantic)

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