The ACCENTUS Music film team have just come back from New York shooting a documentary about American composer John Cage. The team shot many special locations connected to Cage, including his former home in the art colony of Stony Point, north of New York and behind the scenes of Cage’s publishers; C.F. Peters Corporation.
In addition, close friends of Cage such as Christian Wolff, Vivian Perlis and Don Gillespie chatted about their friend in an Italian coffee place in the village. The documentary features footage of Laura Kuhn, head of the John Cage Trust, speaking about her time working with Cage and Calvin Tomkins, renowned critic of the New Yorker, discussing the artist’s aesthetic principles.
In Leipzig, footage shot includes pianist Steffen Schleiermacher buying screws in a hardware store to prepare his piano for Cage compositions and composer Wolfgang Rihm discussing his views of the artist.
Next week the ACCENTUS Music team will continue shooting at the John Cage Organ project in Halberstadt and in May, the team will be off to Japan …
The documentary, directed by Alan Miller and to be released in autumn 2012, marks the centenary of Cage’s birth. For more information, please visit the ACCENTUS Music website here.