“Vexations” at MoMA

I haven’t played in Manhattan for a while – it’s been actually almost a year (!) since when I played with wonderful benshi Ichiro Kataoka at the Film Forum – but I am pleased to announce that I will be playing at the Museum of Modern Art this month as one of the three pianists who will be executing “Vexations”, a one-page piano piece written by Erik Satie with the instruction to repeat it 840 times, which John Cage premiered as directed in 1963.

This is a part of the ongoing exhibition, There Will Never Be Silence: Scoring John Cage’s 4’33″, and MoMA gave us 8.5 hours to complete the 840 repeats of this one-page music as Cage suggests, and I will be playing the last 3 hours – from 4:30PM to 7:30PM, on Friday February 21st. Please mark your calendar! :)

I am excited to be back at MoMA, and I am also very excited that this is the first non-silent-film performance in a long while for me – and this will be the first time I am to play something pre-written by another composer, in a REALLY long while. :) I look forward to not having moving images in front of me to play for for a change, before heading up to Syracuse to play lots and lots of silents at the Cinefest next month (more on this on my next post, which I plan to write after this Cage performance).

The good news is that admission to MoMA after 4pm on Fridays will be free thanks to UNIQLO, so please come in and wander around as I religiously play Vexations over and over and over again at the Bauhaus staircase on the 2nd floor.

Saturday February 8th, 2014 by Makia Matsumura
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