The Downtown Ensemble to perform works by Carla Bley and John Cage on Wed. June 30th


Jun 30 2010 - 8:00pm

At Greenwich House, 46 Barrow St., the DownTown Ensemble will perform improvisatory works by the noted jazz composer Carla Bley. The work will be realized in the improvisational approach developed during the heyday of downtown new music going on in SoHo in the 70s into the 80s. The DownTown Ensemble is one of the last surviving performing groups associated with the musical styles that emerged around loft concerts at legendary spaces such as The Kitchen, Experimental Intermedia, The Alternative Museum, The Clocktower, etc. The featured performers will be Daniel Goode, Larry Polansky, and Peter Zummo.

The program will also feature John Cage’s Indeterminacy performed by William Hellermann, narrator, and Joseph Kubera, pianist. Though Indeterminacy is one of John Cage’s best known pieces, it was rarely performed live, and when it was it was always performed by John Cage and David Tudor, pianist. The DownTown Ensemble has chosen to give this performance to see how well the piece serves as more than a performance vehicle for Cage and his unique voice, but as a composition available for performance by other musicians.

Wed. June 30 8pm, $15/$10   Renee Weiler Auditorium, Greenwich House, 46 Barrow St. NYC