We recently announced details of several new partner events as part of American Mavericks—a citywide celebration of the pioneering spirit of the composers who created a new American musical voice, presented by Carnegie Hall in partnership with the San Francisco Symphony.
Between March 15 and April 8, The Whitney Museum of American Art presents a series of open rehearsals and performances by choreographer and dancer Michael Clark. Also at the Whitney, on March 16, Painter Nicole Eisenman shares her practice of drawing from live models in a figure drawing class. Finally, between March 21 and 25, it presents three films by filmmaker Nathaniel Dorsky.
On March 16, courting the surreal, the sublime, and the existential, (Le) Poisson Rouge presents American indie-rock band WHY? with Danielson—the creative outlet of Daniel Christopher Smith.
Anthology Film Archives presents a three-night event as part of American Mavericks. On March 20, to commemorate John Cage’s centennial, it screens Jud Yalkut’s video realization of Charlotte Moorman and Nam June Paik’s concert performance of John Cage’s 26’ 1.1499” for a String Player, plus a rarely seen work that features the composer and a special surprise partner. The following evening, Lou Harrison: A World of Music paints an intimate portrait of this extraordinary American composer. Finally, on March 22, the short-subject documentary On Conlon Nancarrow—highlighting the life and work of reclusive expatriate American composer Conlon Nancarrow—is paired with West Coast Story: Frontiers of New Music in which composers answer the question: What is the difference between Californian and East Coast musical traditions?
The Kitchen is the venue for a pair of Nick Hallett-curated events on March 23 and 24. For Instrumentals I on March 23, William Basinski’s Vivian & Ondine and Tristan Perich’s Dual Synthesis are the focuses. On the following evening, Instrumentals II showcases Arthur Russell's Instrumentals—originally performed at The Kitchen in 1975—and Mary Halvorson’s Septet nos. 30–33.
Finally, The New York Public Library's online multimedia initiative entitled John Cage Unbound—A Living Archive debuts, and features performance videos narrated by professional musicians, students, and others interested in contributing to the understanding of Cage’s philosophy and the process of interpreting his music.
The full list of American Mavericks events is available here.
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