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John Cage's Indeterminacy

Comedian Stewart Lee and improvisers Steve Beresford and Tania Chen perform their interpretation of John Cage's 1959 recording Indeterminacy in a concert held at London's Cafe Oto.

Comedian Stewart Lee and improvisers Steve Beresford and Tania Chen perform their interpretation of John Cage's 1959 recording Indeterminacy in a performance given at London's Cafe Oto in April. Robert Worby talks to the trio about how they approached the work, which involves the carefully timed reading of randomly selected stories by Cage - personal musings on subjects ranging from mushroom identification to music lessons with Arnold Schoenberg - to a disconnected musical accompaniment. The concert also features works for piano and electronics by Cage and Tania Chen, performed by Chen alongside American experimentalist Jon Leidecker.

2 hours

Music Played

  • John Cage

    Electronic Music for Piano

    Performer: Tania Chen. Performer: Jon Leidecker.
  • Tania Chen

    Color Fields for electronics and keyboards

    Performer: Tania Chen. Performer: Jon Leidecker.
  • John Cage

    Music for Piano 85

    Performer: Tania Chen. Performer: Jon Leidecker.
  • John Cage

    Indeterminacy

    Performer: Steve Beresford. Performer: Tania Chen. Performer: Stewart Lee.
  • John Cage

    Variations II

    Performer: David Tudor.

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