Cage, Kotik, and Eastman: 1972 / 2017 - SEM at Paula Cooper Gallery
John Cage: Song Books I, II (1970)
Petr Kotik: There is Singularly Nothing (1971-72)
Julius Eastman: Macle (1971-72)
This program, originally presented 45 years ago "Song Books I, II" + "There is Singularly Nothing" + "Macle" demonstrates the vitality of the forward-looking programming of SEM, guided by Petr Kotik, and the intrepid attitude of the musicians that have worked together under the name S.E.M. Ensemble.
The program was conceived for SEMs first European tour in January and February of 1972, with concerts at WDR Cologne Funkhaus, the Akademie der Künste in Berlin, the Gemeindesaal in Düren, as well as concerts in Aachen and Geneva.
SEM started to study and perform "Song Books" in 1971, when Petr Kotik received a copy of the piece from John Cage, at that time still in manuscript form. "There is Singularly Nothing" is the first composition that Kotik wrote for SEM. It was the first time that Kotik composed music for voice, writing specifically for Julius Eastman's three-octave voice range. It took some time for Kotik to find a suitable text and he decided on Gertrude Stein, whose texts he used for each of his compositions until 1978. Julius Eastman composed "Macle" for Petr Kotik and the S.E.M. Ensemble's 1972 first European tour.
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