PRESS RELEASE | APRIL 25, 2013
CAGE100 lets 1.000 bells ring-
Start of the CARILLON PROJECT
In honor of John Cage the Forum of Contemporary Music Leipzig [FZML] makes his unique music to be played on over 1.000 bells all around the world.
LEIPZIG: The worldwide Carillon Project starts on May 4th 2013 with performances in the United States of America and Lithuania. With this project the one-year-lasting, international art and music festival CAGE100 by the FZML goes in its next round.
Between May and August John Cage's rarely played compositions for carillon, »Music for Carillon No. 1 - 5«, can be heard in more than 40 performances worldwide. A carillon is a set of tuned big bells usually mounted in towers of churches or municipal buildings. This instrument, which spread over Europe since the 17th century and accompanied important events of public life with music ever since, now encounters one of the most innovative and exceptional composers of the 20st century in a concentrated and yet diverse form. Most of the carilloneurs involved came across the oeuvre of John Cage for the first time. Therefore this music is unfamiliar and new for the musicians as well as for the audience and the specific places where they are played. Altogether more than 1.000 bells will send out John Cage's compositions to the town squares and beyond.
Besides the concerts in Germany the Carillon Project will guest for example cities in the USA [Clemson, Albany, Middlebury, Gainesville, Northfield, Alfred, Madison], France [Annecy, Lyon, Taninges, Neaux, Crest-Voland, Romans], Belgium [Ieper, Poperinge, Liège, Leuven], Lithuania [Klaipéda, Kaunas], Denmark [Svenborg, Grenaa], Luxembourg [Echternach], Great-Britain [York] and Switzerland [Pully].
An overall view of the project including concert-streams, comprehensive information about the performances, places, musicians and the specific instruments in the participating cities can be found here: http://www.cage100.com/english/projects/carillon-project/