The next big event in Woodland Pattern’s John Cage Centennial Celebration is quite the in-depth Electronic Music and Voice Concert coming up this Sunday, October 28th. Performed by Thomas Gaudynski, Mark Mantel, Hal Rammel, Steve Schlei, Amanda Schoofs, and Heather Warren-Crow this weekend’s program celebrates Cage (1912-1992) as “a pioneer in using available technology rather than waiting for the ideal technological instrument to be invented.” Genius formula? Yah. We know so. Now it’s everyone’s turn to get some schooling one of music’s most creative and fruitful minds.
Event organizer and performer, Thomas Gaudynski writes, “Did you know that John Cage was the father of noise music, electronic vocal music, cheap electronics, simultaneous music, and, yes, even pop rock…consider John Cage was:
-the first American to use sampling
-the first person to use the record player as an instrument
-the first person to use the radio as an instrument
-the first person to bend electronics from their intended use
-the first person to use toys in music
-the first person to deconstruct language for songs
“All of that will be on display at Woodland Pattern Book Center on Sunday, October 28th when a veritable who’s who of Milwaukee’s avant performers render their iterations of some of John Cage’s groundbreaking electronic compositions.”
More information on specific pieces for the event can be found at Woodlandpattern.org. The event takes place on Sunday, October 28th at 2 p.m. at Woodland Pattern (720 E. Locust Street). Works will be performed by Thomas Gaudynski, Mark Mantel, Hal Rammel, Steve Schlei, Amanda Schoofs, and Heather Warren-Crow. This celebration is supported in part by a grant from the Milwaukee Arts Board.