John Cage's centenary is celebrated in this rare performance of Cage's 1989 How To Get Started-a collaborative experiment exploring improvisation and the origin of ideas. The performers bring ten ideas on notecards, choose them in random order, and extemporize on each one as they are recorded and played back in real time, creating a multi-layered "thought performance." The result is transformative, and provides a rare look into the creative mind.
In remounting this 'happening,' some of today's most fertile and creative minds from across the arts perform their own realizations. Each of the three evenings pairs a writer and musician who know each other, and, in the case of the Shawns, are brothers. What will be revealed by each "performer," and the conversation between pairs on each evening will be a mystery solved in the moment. Be part of this spontaneous performance experience. The series is presented in collaboration with The Threepenny Review, the Slought Foundation and the John Cage Trust.
Support for John Cage's How To Get Started provided by American Express.
For more information visit howtogetstarted.org
Interdisciplinary artist/conceptualist Ralph Lemon and Grammy Award-winning Founder and Artistic Director of the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance Arturo O'Farrill share this evening of spontaneous thinking as they perform How to Get Started. Following their performances, they engage in conversation with Symphony Space Artistic Director Laura Kaminsky.
"[Lemon is] one of the most adventurous artists working today" (Time Out New York)
"Mr. O'Farrill is a magnificent player... sharp, splashy, and driving." -The New York Times