As a tribute to John Cage on the centenary of his birth, The Blanton Museum of Art presents SoundSpace: Musicircus, a special presentation of the seminal composer’s 1967 masterwork.
The performance takes place Saturday, February 4 at 2 p.m. throughout the museum’s galleries, and begins with music on toy piano from the Austin Critics Table 2009 Best instrumentalist, Michelle Schumann. The event is open to the public and included with museum admission.
Continuing his research into cross-disciplinary collaboration and new contexts for live performances, musician Steven Parker, a doctoral student in the Butler School of Music and Donald D. Harrington Fellow at UT, was invited by The Blanton to draw on the museum’s resources in this, his third installation of the SoundSpace series. Program highlights include simultaneous musical performances by the New Music Co-op, Bel Cuore Sax Quartet, the East Side Arkestra (Sun Ra tribute combo) and the premier of works from composers Andy Sigler and Pierce Gradone, with an amplified cactus and electric trombone. The music will be paired with dancers from Ballet Austin, with choreography from Michelle Thompson.
Following the performance, visitors will have an opportunity to participate in a community jam session, bringing together the Musicircus performers and museum guests for a unique noise making experience.
The Blanton is excited to extend this opportunity for collaboration to one of the university’s most talented graduate students. This project exemplifies the museum’s commitment to nurturing meaningful collaborations that provide innovative experiences with art, inspire creativity, and support the educational mission of the university.
SoundSpace: Musicircus is organized by Steven Parker for The Blanton as part of his year long exploration of the museum and its resources.