Amsterdam, Friday April 13 - 20:30
Musical lectures by John Cage and Tom Johnson
Tom Johnson * Joep Dorren
kloveniersburgwal 86, Amsterdam
(020) 422 0542 * EUR 6 / EUR 5
In 1949 John Cage wrote his Lecture on Nothing. In this lecture, Cage introduced his rhythmical techniques. But he doesn't do so by explaining them, but by composing them - only, using words as his material instead of notes.
This was the first work of a new type, the composed lecture: a spoken text that has the properties of a musical composition. A special and perfect fusion of form and content. Some decades after, the minimalist composer Tom Johnson wrote pieces in which text, music and didacticism form a complete unity, among which the Lecture With Repetition (1975) - a lecture on and with repetition, in which the audience is invited to participate.
Tonight, Tom Johnson will present his own work and the actor and musician Joep Dorren will read Cage.