unCAGEd: But What About the Noise of Crumpling Paper?

Clarinetist Medina Leads a Chamber Quintet in “But What About the Noise of Crumbling Paper?

NEW DATE: February 21, 2013
Admission: $15 ($10 Students/Seniors)

The fourth concert in this season’s unCAGEd series at Greenwich House Music School presents works by John Cage and kindred spirits of his era: Morton Feldman, Christian Wolff and Toshi Ichiyanagi. Medina and the ensemble will perform a program titled “But What About the Sound of Crumbling Paper?” that features the title work by John Cage and several more of his pieces in honor of the 2012 centennial of the revolutionary composer’s birth. Along with Medina, the chamber ensemble features Roberta Michel (flute), Hannah Levinson (viola), Khari Joyner (cello) and Jade Conlee (piano), with conducting by Menon Dwarka.

“I believe that Cage had eyes that saw what others could not,” says Medina. “For one thing, he taught us that the ordinary can be beautiful. His concept of organized chaos, `indeterminacy,’ was so original and provocative. Some fellow composers embraced the idea, while others rejected it. Our concert features composers who admired Cage and became followers of his methods, with much of the program incorporating the concept of chance, whether by form or by instrumentation. As Cage put it: `There is no such thing as an empty space or an empty time. There is always something to see, something to hear’.”


Toshi Ichiyanagi: Sapporo
Christian Wolff: Berlin Exercises
Morton Feldman: The Viola in My Life, No. 3
John Cage: Indeterminacies; Radio Music; 59 ½ Seconds; Living Room Music; But What About the Noise of Crumbling Paper?

Prize-winning clarinetist Medina is a passionate solo, chamber and orchestral musician who performs classical music of the past and the present. Ms. Medina has performed across the U.S., including in some the most distinguished halls in New York City – Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall, Symphony Space. She has made solo appearances with the Costa Contra Chamber Orchestra in celebration of Mozart's 250th Anniversary and with the UNC Greensboro Symphony Orchestra. The Classical Voice of North Carolina praised her performances, saying: “With extraordinary breath control, Medina spun a flowing and seamless line. . .” A passionate chamber musician and advocator of new music, Medina will be premiering more than 20 new works in this season alone. She has also taught coast to coast and currently serves on the faculties of the Zen Music Center, Geneva Conservatory of Music in New York, Harmony Music Program and the Inter School Orchestra Carnegie Hill Program.


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