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John Cage: The Works for Percussion 3 - Constructions 1-3; Trio; Quartet; Living Room Music / Third Coast Percussion Ens.

Album Summary

>Cage, John : Work(s)
>Cage, John : Child of Tree, for percussionist & amplified plants
>Cage, John : One4, for percussion
>Cage, John : cComposed Improvisations no 2, for solo percussion
>Cage, John : cComposed Improvisations no 1, for solo Steinberger bass guitar
>Cage, John : cComposed Improvisations no 3, for solo percussion
>Cage, John : Branches, for amplified plants and any number of players
Performers Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

American Record Guide, March/April 2015
D'Arcy Philip Gray's release includes works from Cage's later years. Child of Tree and Branches (1975 and 1976) imagine a new kind of improvisation. Both are scored for plant materials, and both customarily include a cactus. One4, one of the late Number Pieces, is dominated by various kinds of rolls (from cymbals and drums); and the odd Composed Improvisations (1990) (three different pieces for bass guitar, snare drum, and one-sided drum) also attempt a chance-structured kind of improvisation. Gray, who worked with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company for a decade in the 1990s, is probably the most authoritative artist imaginable to perform these works. His accounts are full of inventiveness, unpredictability, and novelty, with silence always taking its place alongside the other sounds.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Sutton United Church, Sutton, Quebec (07/20/2008-07/23/2008).



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>Cage, John : Work(s) :: Composed Improvisation, for bass guitar, snare drum & one-sided drum - first version
  • Performers: D'Arcy Gray (Drum); D'Arcy Gray (Marimba)
  • Ensemble: Third Coast Percussion Ensemble
  • Notes: Sutton United Church, Sutton, Quebec (07/20/2008-07/23/2008)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1932-1992

>Cage, John : Child of Tree, for percussionist & amplified plants
  • Performer: D'Arcy Gray (Percussion)
  • Notes: Sutton United Church, Sutton, Quebec (07/20/2008-07/23/2008)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1975

>Cage, John : One4, for percussion
  • Performer: D'Arcy Gray (Drums)
  • Notes: Sutton United Church, Sutton, Quebec (07/20/2008-07/23/2008)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1990

>Cage, John : cComposed Improvisations no 2, for solo percussion
  • Performer: D'Arcy Gray (Marimba)
  • Notes: Sutton United Church, Sutton, Quebec (07/20/2008-07/23/2008)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1990

>Cage, John : cComposed Improvisations no 1, for solo Steinberger bass guitar
  • Performer: D'Arcy Gray (Marimba)
  • Notes: Sutton United Church, Sutton, Quebec (07/20/2008-07/23/2008)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1990

>Cage, John : cComposed Improvisations no 3, for solo percussion
  • Performer: D'Arcy Gray (Drums)
  • Notes: Sutton United Church, Sutton, Quebec (07/20/2008-07/23/2008)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1990

>Cage, John : Branches, for amplified plants and any number of players
  • Performer: D'Arcy Gray (Percussion)
  • Notes: Sutton United Church, Sutton, Quebec (07/20/2008-07/23/2008)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1976

>Cage, John : Work(s) :: Composed Improvisation, for bass guitar, snare drum & one-sided drum (second version)
  • Performers: D'Arcy Gray (Drum); D'Arcy Gray (Marimba)
  • Notes: Sutton United Church, Sutton, Quebec (07/20/2008-07/23/2008)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1932-1992