What is musiCircus?

. . . the Musicircus is a model that envisions a utopian possibility for humanity. It involves a horizontal, decentered, non-judgmental community effort which includes all who wish to partake. Cage's main thrust in the Musicircus is that one musician might stop trying to play in time with the other musicians around him/her in order to be able to function as an interdependent, non-interfering entity. This is the opposite approach to Western music where an orchestra, say, is supposed to function like a well running unified machine. Awareness and openness is required of the individual performers, allowing others to perform in a parallel manner thus promoting less ego-dependence and ultimately freedom. It is a practical working model of (to use Herbert Lindenberger's term) "regulated anarchy".

            - Kenneth Goldsmith John Cage Composed In America

    musiCircus is based on musical events held by John Cage. Our event varies from his however, because individual musicians are not given total freedom. Instead, small groups of musicians are given varying degrees of autonomy. This musiCircus draws also from the circus. There is simultanaeity of events. No spaces are left in the totality of the event. However, the sources of sound generation are constantly changing.

    The music is essentialy furniture music. The audience may ulimately chose to ignore the performers and instead converse with each other. This is, perhaps, our version of "regulated anarchy," where the audience is freed but the musicians are not.

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