my first day in Chicago and I already had some great experiences. I’m staying here with John, he’s really good to talk to.. this is what we did all saturday morning. afterwards I went to the (new) corpse performance space where readings and performances in celebration of John Cages 100th birthday took place. I got lost on my way there and was walking round in wicker park in Chicago. When I arrived there was silence and I totally crashed it.. hm.. no it was not that bad 🙂 the performance was in the apartment of two people in N. Millwaukee and it was really great. The flat was full of people who were really interested. there were lectures by Devin King, a toy piano performance by Keven Kalay, one minute pieces from ‘Indeterminacy’ and performances by Troy Schafer, Ira Murfin and Emmy Bean, Elizabeth Metzger Sampson and Eric VanDenmark and Meghan McGrath. I really like the performing of ‘Radio Music’ (1965) by The Speers and the performance of Stephen Germana, that reminded me of the substrata festival in Seattle. One other highlight was a silent birthday song for John Cage and blowing out 100 candles on beautiful, homemade (afterwards yessica told me, they were out of a box) cupcakes – my first cupcakes ever…
One thing I really liked was that people took the performances serious but were also able to laugh.. I could not imagine this in Vienna. great!
Afterwards I was walking home, set up my equipment and did some recordings … and acutally I’m in the middle of reading ‘Mixing with your mind’ from Michael Paul Stavrou and until now I think it is really a good book and I can draw some lines between my ‘learning by doing’ experience at the Amannstudio and some really good (written) information by Stavrou.