Song Books: Reimagining John Cage at 100

John Cage

New York violist Tanya Kalmanovitch directs an all-star cast of American and Turkish performers in radical and wide-ranging interpretations of the composer’s notebooks at the Borusan Music House, December 29 2012.

The end of 2012 marks the close of the 100th anniversary of the birth John Cage, the American composer who changed the face of classical music history when he proposed that the primary musical act is not performing, but listening.

New York-based violist Tanya Kalmanovitch has assembled an all-star Turkish and American musicians to re-imagine Cage’s Song Books. Composed in 1970, this collection of 89 short works scored for voice, electronics, and theatrical performance serves as a catalog of Cage’s compositional and notational innovations.

This performance will give these works a radical new context. Cutting-edge Turkish and American performers from diverse backgrounds in rock, classical, jazz, Turkish and electronic music are invited to re-interpret selections to create a one-of-a-kind spectacle. Part rock show, part new music concert, part absurdist theatre; this performance will put a playful, provocative post-modern spin on contemporary music.


Tanya Kalmanovitch: Viola, Producer and Artistic Director
Serra Yılmaz: Actor
Anthony Coleman: Piano
Korhan Erel: Computer, Assistant Producer
Şevket Akıncı: Guitar
Tolga Tüzün: Piano and electronics
Ayşenur Kolivar: Voice
Gökçe Akçelik: singer/songwriter, guitar

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About Korhan Erel

Korhan Erel is an electronic musician, improviser and sound designer based in Berlin. Their music covers free improvisation, conceptual sound performances as well as structured and composed pieces as well as music for dance, theater and video art. They perform solo, duo and group performances with improvisers, jazz musicians, dancers, and in orchestras. They have shown several sound installations in art spaces in Turkey, Germany and Hong Kong. They have ten CD and several digital releases. They play concerts across Europe, Middle- East, Southeast Asia and North America
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