51’15.657″ for a speaking percussionist is Bonnie Whiting’s realization of a solo simultaneous performance of John Cage’s 45′ for a speaker and 27’10.554″ for a percussionist. These are vintage pieces: music from the mid-50’s and part of a series of timed works that he enjoyed mixing together and referred to in notes and letters as “the ten thousand things.” A culmination of 14 months of work and study, Whiting’s version is the first to feature one performer executing both pieces in their entirety. Cage subjected several of his lectures to chance procedures, and the result is his quirky and imaginative 45′ for a speaker. This particular version of Cage’s percussion score is a fusion of traditional percussion instruments and found-objects. This performance celebrates Whiting’s debut recording on the Mode Records label.
Percussionists Maria Finkelmeier and Greg Jukes of Kadence Arts open.