At the two-day Minor Musics Japan concert at ISSUE Project Room this past September, Takahiro Kawaguchi and Taku Unami (in a duo with Annette Krebs) proved that, although it is now a well-defined genre, experimental music in the Cagean vein has not become overly stylized and mannered.
To describe Cohens approach to Songs from a Room as minimalistic doesnt quite capture its atmosphere. The word that better expresses the records denuded landscape feel is erasure.
The celebration of the John Cage centennial in 2012 will certainly owe a debt to Cages mentor, Arnold Schoenberg, one of the most influential innovators of modern music. Schoenberg said (and Cage repeatedly recounted) that Cage was not a composer, but an inventorof genius.
So Im walking down Spring Street on a blustery winter day, when Im greeted by the somewhat out-of-tune sound of an alto sax playing Bird. Suddenly I hear hysterical screaming coming from somewhere above, Shut up. Go home. You cant play. SHUT UP! SHUT UP! SHUT UP!