A Cross-Disciplinary Music Performance in Three Acts
MusicArt in collaboration with Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac
A Salzburg premiere featuring
Annie Yim, piano Kayo Chingonyi, poet
Raymond Yiu, composer
Tuesday 16th April 2019, 11.30am
Mirabellplatz 2, 5020 Salzburg
Staged in conjunction with the exhibitions of Robert Rauschenberg: Borealis 1988-92 alongside John Cage: Ryoanji, featuring piano & spoken-word performance of Cage’s The Seasons,Winter Music, and 4’33”
Watch an excerpt from Conceptual Concert in Three Actshere. Filmed by Classic FM at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, London, December 2018.
To coincide with the exhibitions Robert Rauschenberg: Borealis 1988-92 and John Cage: Ryoanji, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac and MusicArt present the Salzburg premiere of a musical performance inspired by Robert Rauschenberg’s collaborations with the pioneering avant-garde American composer John Cage. Co-created and performed by pianist Annie Yim with poet Kayo Chingonyi and composer Raymond Yiu, this Conceptual Concert in Three Acts is framed by the piano music of Cage, including The Seasons (1947) and WinterMusic (1957), alongside an installation of sound and spoken dialogue. The final act of this cross-disciplinary concert is a staging of Cage’s iconic piece, 4’33” (1952). The performance multiplies artistic roles and dissolves boundaries in homage to Cage and Rauschenberg. Beyond their artworks on view at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, the words of Cage and Rauschenberg too have inspired this concert-installation.
Read full press release by Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac Salzburghere.
“I recognize Rauschenberg as myself, as if we were the same person. We do not even have to explain things to one another...” John Cage
"Our new work focuses on dialogues – musical and spoken, historical and contemporary, space and time, visual and aural interactions. Intended to be cumulative and cyclical, the concert-installation comprises unexpected combinations of influences and traditions, uncovering themes in Rauschenberg’s Borealis that have been incorporated into our process. Fragments, memory and integration are motifs that resonate throughout the piece, while music and words are woven, layered and juxtaposed as highly structured sound events." Annie Yim, pianist & founder of MusicArt
The world premiere was staged at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, London, 13 December 2018.
Special thanks: Edition Peters UK and The Poetry Society for their kind support to MusicArt.
Sound designer Benjamin Grant for assistance with audio installation; Head Technician John Tiney at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac for assistance with visual installation.
Piano provided by Markson Pianos.
Photos above: Richard Ivey courtesy of Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac; Fabio Lugaro (b/w)
Tuesday 16th April, 11.30am Mirabellplatz 2, 5020 Salzburg