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Concert Wed Apr 17 2013

Quadrophonic Excursions: Takehisa Kosugi at Lampo


Takehisa Kosugi -- composer, violinist, creator with electronics, Fluxus member, and founder of legendary Japanese groups Group Ongaku and the Taj Mahal Travelers (an AMM-like group who performed all over Europe and Asia, and eventually did visit the Taj Mahal), performs this Saturday at the Graham Foundation's Madlener House (4 W. Burton Pl., Chicago) as part of Lampo's Winter/Spring season. Kosugi will perform works spanning 30 years, many written for the legendary Merce Cunningham Dance Company. Cunningham, the close confidant and collaborator with John Cage, revolutionized dance as Cage did music and composition, and his dance company consistently worked with the most cutting-edge composers in the world -- check out the 12CD boxset Music For Merce (New World Recordings), which features Kosugi, for proof.

In concert, Kosugi will perform four pieces of electronic music, using "homemade audio generators, ready-made sound processors and light/sound interactive materials." Lampo's hardy four-channel speaker setup will immerse guests in a strange, bubbling cauldron of rising and cresting electronics. The five pieces to be performed are "Cycles" (1981), "Streams" (1991), "Op Music" (2001), "Music For Nearly 90, Part-A" (2009), and "Octet" (2011).

Tickets are free, but require RSVP. Reserve tickets HERE. The performance begins and 8. Stop by a little early and take a look around at the lovely Graham Foundation building and the many free art and photography exhibits on display.

Here is a 2003 performance of 2001's "Op Music."

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