Photo courtesy Cunningham Dance Foundation archive – Shiraz Art Festival: David Tudor (left) and John Cage performing at the 1971 festival

Wikipedia – John Milton Cage Jr. (September 5, 1912 – August 12, 1992) was an American composer, music theorist, writer, and artist. A pioneer of indeterminacy in music, electroacoustic music, and non-standard use of musical instruments, Cage was one of the leading figures of the post-war avant-garde. Critics have lauded him as one of the most influential American composers of the 20th century. He was also instrumental in the development of modern dance, mostly through his association with choreographer Merce Cunningham, who was also Cage’s romantic partner for most of their lives.

Cage is perhaps best known for his 1952 composition 4′33″, which is performed in the absence of deliberate sound; musicians who present the work do nothing aside from being present for the duration specified by the title.

John Cage would be 100 years old today. Over at NPR they asked 33 contemporary musicians what they get from the late composer’s philosophy and musical work. Here’s the response>>

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