This revelatory series is your chance to experience the works of
these maverick composers, featuring John Cage, Edgard Varèse, John
Adams, Steve Mackey, Morton Feldman, Steve Reich, Charles Ives, Meredith
Monk, Mason Bates, and more. This vibrant music will turn your
concert-going experience on its head, instantly grabbing your attention
and inspiring you to learn more about these innovators.
Performances by Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco
Symphony—along with Jessye Norman and Emanuel Ax—form the backbone of
this momentous exploration of American Music, which also includes a new
breed of musical interpreters, including Alarm Will Sound, So
Percussion, Matmos, Joan La Barbara, Jennifer Koh, Lisa Moore, JACK
Quartet, and Jeremy Denk.
The celebration goes city-wide with events at several of New York's
leading cultural institutions that explore American iconoclasts—not only
in the field of music, but also in dance, film, and the visual arts.
Online exhibits, performances, and lectures at these partner
organizations around the city provide additional context for the music
of the American maverick composers, whose contemporaries were heading in
exciting new artistic directions.
Abrons Arts Center | Anthology Film
Archives | Brooklyn Public Library | The Kitchen | LaGuardia Performing Arts
Center | (Le) Poisson Rouge | The New York Public Library | Whitney
Museum of American Art | Q2 Music
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Pianist Jeremy Denk on the music and career of Charles Ives.
John Adams on Absolute Jest
Brooklyn-based ensemble So Percussion performs John Cage's Third Construction
Michael Tilson Thomas, Jessye Norman and Joan La Barbara on John Cage's Song Books
Mason Bates on Mass Transmission
Dan Deacon and So Percussion perform their own Ghostbuster Cook: The Origin of the Riddler
Meredith Monk on Michael Tilson Thomas, Mavericks, and Taking Risks.
John Cage on Silence
Matmos and So Percussion perform their own Needles