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Thursday 25 October: 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Newnham College, Old Labs, Sidgwick Avenue, CB3 9DF

Can noise be musical? What would happen if focus shifted onto the theatrical aspects of performance? Is there such a thing as silence? These are just some of the questions that prompted a radically new way of understanding musical composition and listening during the twentieth century. Such thinking is epitomized by the international avant-garde movement known as Fluxus that emerged amid the social turbulence of the 1960s. Dr Ross Cole, a Research Fellow in music at Homerton College, will introduce Fluxus and the broader history of American experimental music. This short talk will be followed by a concert of surreal pieces by composers including La Monte Young (b. 1935), Alison Knowles (b. 1933), George Brecht (1926-2008) and John Cage (1912-1992) that challenge concert-hall etiquette and humorously subvert the conventions of Western classical performance.

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Telephone number:
01223 766766

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Step-free access, Accessible toilet

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Age: All ages, Performance, Talk, Arrive on time, Free