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".
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.
Kenneth Goldsmith John Cage
Composed In America
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.