March 21, 2012
Many ensembles are celebrating John Cage's 100 birthday, but if there's one group that channels his fearlessly playful spirit every year, it's Sō Percussion. Rather than presenting a reverent retrospective, Sō has just concluded touring a dynamic mix of Cage favorites, original scores, and collaborative works titled We Are All Going in Different Directions. Because of Cage's use of chance operations, every concert was different. To carry the idea forward, So has compiled Cage 100: Bootleg Series, a unique, limited-edition album available March 27.
Only 300 are being made. Each one is numbered and includes a unique, handmade cover, a blank LP (in a nod to Cage's 4'33"); an I Ching-inspired 64 minute CD sampler, with tracks chosen by chance operations; and a download card giving access to complete shows. Along with the hybrid physical product being created for the Bootleg Series, selected mixes of material from these concerts will be available as iTunes and eMusic exclusives, also available on March 27.
Get your one-of-a-kind copy here.
In New York? Then don't miss Sō Percussion at Zankel Hall Monday, March 26 as they perform Cage classics like Credo in US, Imaginary Landscape #1, and Third Construction, as well as original compositions by the group, plus collaborations from electronic artists Matmos, Cenk Ergun and Dan Deacon. Tickets available here.