John Cage's Music of Changes

Saturday 21 April 2018,
Room 33
Tickets £12
Members/Concessions £8

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The festival is organised by the British Museum and the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden and made possible by the Federal Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany.

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Pianist Francesco Tristano performs Music of Changes, John Cage’s groundbreaking 1951 work of indeterminate music.

Cage, widely known today for his 4’ 33”, was a pioneer of indeterminacy in music, where some aspects of performance are left to chance or the interpreter’s choice. Decisions in this piece are made using the I Ching. The Sir Joseph Hotung Gallery of China and South Asia is an apt setting to reflect on the influences of Chinese culture and philosophy on western thought and music.

John Cage (1912–1992)
Music of changes

Francesco Tristano is an artist of many talents – pianist, composer, techno and jazz musician, combining eras, genres and styles in his music. He has become a key reference in a new movement which explores the creative intersection between classical and electronic music. Tristano works with a number of important orchestras including the Orchestre National de Lille, BBC Concert Orchestra, Szczecin Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, and Spanish National Orchestra and Choir. In 2017 he released Piano Circle Songs featuring Chilly Gonzales, on Sony Classics.

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