Drone Records
Your cart (0 item)

CAGE, JOHN - Birdcage / 73'20.958

Format: DVD
Label & Cat.Number: Wergo MC 0806 5
Release Year: 2012
Note: film collage by HANS G. HELMS from 1972, first shown at the Donaueschingen Music Festival, feat. many other artist from the New York scene at that time, as DAVID TUDOR, MERCE CUNNINGHAM, PHILIP CORNER, YOKO ONO & JOHN LENNON.. very nice documentary, 73 min.
Price (incl. 19% VAT): €24.00


More Info

"Der 1972 bei den Donaueschinger Musiktagen uraufgeführte Film führt ein in Kunst und Philosophie des Avantgarde-Komponisten John Cage. Gegenstand sind die vielfältigen künstlerischen Hervorbringungen Cages, vor allem seine damals jüngsten Kompositionen, zu denen aus 'Birdcage' gehört. Cages Experimente und die Erforschung der Klänge im Zusammenhang dieses Werks grundieren die filmische Collage, die Hnas G. Helms im Auftrag des Westdeutschen Rundfunks (Köln) und des Südwestfunks (Baden-Baden) konzipierte. Neben David Tudor, Merce Cunningham und Carolyn Brown begegnet Cage vielen weiteren KünstlerInnen der New Yorker Szene, darunter Philip Corner, Teeny Duchamp, Don Gillespie, Doris Hays, Mimi Johnson, Jeanne Kirstein, John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Frederic Rzewski, Grete Sultan und Margaret Tan.

BIRDCAGE | 73'20.958'' for a Composer
film collage by Hans G Helms (1972) DVD
composer: John Cage
interpreter: Grete Sultan - David Tudor - Maro Ajemian
booklet writer: Rolf W. Stoll - Hans G Helms
stage director of the film: Hans G Helms
Manfred Grater, Hans G Helms, Khrie Helms, John Cage, Maro Ajemian, David Tudor, Merce Cunningham, Carolyn Brown, Arnold H. Ebstein, Don Gillespie, Edna Golandsky, Doris Hays, Carla Hubner, Mimi Johnson, Jeanne Kirstein, John Lennon, Lois Long, Tatiana Mardikian, Stephen Mayer, Margaret Nydes, Yoko Ono, Frederic Rzewski, Emily Staempfli, Grete Sultan, Margaret Tan, Katherine Teves, Paul Zukofsky, Louise Basbas, Justin Blasdale, Carlo Carnevali, Joel Chadabe, Philip Corner

By releasing the DVD “Birdcage: 73'20.958" for a Composer”, WERGO presents another highlight among the releases marking the composer's 100th birthday:

The legendary film collage, created in 1972 on commission of WDR and SWR on the occasion of the 60th birthday of John Cage and premiered at the Donaueschingen Music Festival, paints an extraordinary picture of Cage the Artist, of his musical and extra-musical thinking, his character and his remarkable oeuvre. The cinematographic composition, which is released here in the unabridged original version for the first time, was realized by the composer and writer Hans G Helms.

Helms assembled various film materials into a special kind of mosaic: Historical flashbacks, biographical milestones and music recordings are complemented by original commentaries of the composer's contemporaries, companions and friends, such as Carolyn Brown, Philip Corner, Merce Cunningham, Teeny Duchamp, Don Gillespie, Doris Hays, Frederic Rzewski, Grete Sultan, Margaret Tan, David Tudor, Yoko Ono, John Lennon, and Paul Zukofsky. The twittering of birds – symbol of the aesthetically unintentional and basic material of Cage's tape composition “Birdcage” – runs like a thread through the film, forming its musical basis.

Produced by IFAGE on behalf of Westdeutscher Rundfunk, Köln, and Südwestfunk, Baden-Baden, 1972." [label info]

www.wergo.de