The New Yorker has officially named the past 100 years "the John Cage century," and LA Times music critic Mark Swed, observing how much the artist's work has been programmed in Berlin this year, is apparently ready to declare that Germany is now John Cage's country (Take that, Angela Merkel!). A writer at the Brooklyn Rail placed Cage as one of "the most important figures in the history of art since civilization began," and a music critic for the New York Times even noted that John Cage's 4'33" can essentially be heard every single moment of every single day, no matter where you are or what you're doing... As excessive as all the praise may sound, we don't disagree.So let's celebrate. There are great events planned all over the world, but the best place to head in Atlanta to honor the man himself is The Goat Farm Arts Center for its free four-day series of events presenting the composer's work.
Curated by The Atlanta Poets Group, Bent Frequency, and Chamber Cartel, the Goat Farm's John Cage birthday event, entitled Ten Thousand Things takes place at 8 p.m. each night Thursday to Saturday with a big finale Sunday at 3 p.m. The series offers a sampling of Cage's avant-garde work including four simultaneous solos, an evening length percussion work, a soprano and percussion duo, and a multi-voice realization of a mesostic. The culminating event of The Ten Thousand Things is a "Musicircus," a collage-style musical happening of simultaneous, multiple performances in which audience members are invited to stroll around the performance venue. You can read more about the works on offer from the event's program notes on the Facebook page. All events take place at the Goat Farm Arts Center, 1200 Foster Street.
The Ten Thousand Things Thursday, Sept 6, at 8 p.m.
Four4, Friday, September 7, at 8 p.m.
Herron Mastrian Duo, Saturday, September 8, at 8 p.m.
MUSICIRCUS, Sunday, September 9, at 3 p.m.
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