Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Water Walk

German improviser and composer of experimental and new music, Andrea Neumann performs John Cage`s Water Walk.  

According her publisher, Sofa Music, Neumann has "reduced the piano to strings, resonance board and metal frame. With the help of electronics to manipulate and amplify the sounds (sometimes to make parts of the sound audible which are inaudible without amplification), she has developed numerous new playing techniques, sounds, and ways of preparing the dismantled instrument."

She performs here at the Henie Onstad Art Centre in Bærum, Norway. The museum itself is quite a striking example of Norway's Neo-Expressionist architecture. It was designed more than forty years ago by then young Norwegian architects Jon Eikvar and Sven Erik Engebretsen and named for Sonja Henie, the famed figure skater from Oslo.

Compare Cage's own amused 1960 performance of Water Walk on What's My Line?

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