Red Osmosis produced "John Cage's Guide to the Mushrooming of Music in New York”, a mini-festival of American modern music loosely based on or around Cage, strengthening the vision of the composer as a protean artist and a generating force for a very wide range of aesthetic endeavors
We presented a sampling of the carnival of styles that was American music in the fertile New York scene during Cage's lifetime and a bit after.
The concert series is curated by five time Grammy-nominated pianist Alan Feinberg, with contributions by cellist Fred Sherry of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and will bring them with five other prominent New York musicians to Russia, exporting a snapshot of active, authentic and unpackaged American culture.
Pianist and curator Alan Feinberg and cellist Fred Sherry are stars of the New York music scene, musicians who play a wide variety of repertoire and for whom composers such as Milton Babbitt and Morton Feldman wrote music. Alan Feinberg has achieved a remarkable reputation as a vanguard pianist and musician who has charted his own unique path in music. With repertoire that ranges from Bach to Babbitt, Mr. Feinberg's creative approach to programming places contemporary music within a broad framework as part of an ongoing, living tradition.
Cellist Fred Sherry has introduced audiences on five continents and all 50 United States to the music of our time through his close association with such composers as Babbitt, Berio, Carter, Davidovsky, Foss, Knussen, Lieberson, Mackey, Takemitsu, Wuorinen, and Zorn. Mr. Sherry has been an Artist of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center since 1984 and was its artistic director from 1989 to 1992.
An objective of this project is to create programs that would offer an almost one-on-one experience of the widest and most innovative range of programming, the excitement of discovery and unpredictability. Following this agenda, the ensemble of American musicians will offer a diversity of creatively programmed concert series presenting generally unfamiliar post-war American music repertoire. Over the years, these musicians have been committed to the philosophy that the most exciting aspect of enjoying music is its live performance and the process of its discovery, i.e. having new musical experiences. Apart from a repertoire unusual for Moscow, we believe that this series would become an example of stellar and imaginative programming, something that is hard to achieve anywhere, whether in Moscow or in New York.
This series produced by Elena Siyanko will offer an experience of the widest and most innovative range of programming, the excitement of discovery and unpredictability. We will be trying to maximize the variety of styles and possible instrumentation, by presenting works by Morton Feldman who paradoxically combined the influence of Cage and Webern; works of others who were in the New York scene at the time, or composers like Christian Wolf, who were influenced by Cage. In these programs we plan to highlight some of the contradictions of New York life: the chance vs. determinism, improvised vs. planned, Eastern vs. Western. We plan to add some jazz - bop from that period and may also include works of Schoenberg and Satie-- two of Cages big influences.
Overall, the programs for the series of three concerts will be chosen among works of Cage, Babbitt, Reich, Davidovsky, Wolpe, Druckman, Feldman, Earle Brown, Wuorinen, Schoenberg, Satie, possibly La Monte Young, Crumb, and Wolff, as well as Bud Powell and Thelonius Monk.