You know that David Bowie interview with Jeremy Paxman where he predicts how the internet would impact every crevice of our life way back in 1999? A wall adorned with a large Nam June Paik quote at Tate Modern’s retrospective suggests the Korean artist was already of that view in 1974:
“TV will gain mainly branches … Picture-Phone, tele-facsimile, two way interactive TV for shopping, library research, opinion polling, health consultation, inter-office data transmission, and … 1001 new applications, a new nuclear energy in information and society building, which I would call tentatively BROADBAND COMMUNICATION NETWORK.
Tangram premiering Alex Ho, Jasmin Kent Rodgman and Raymond Yiu at LSO St Luke's (25 January 2020)
Tangram, an artist collective creating music that opens up spaces beyond the China-West dichotomy, returned to LSO St Luke’s a year on from its debut in January 2019 to celebrate the Lunar New Year. World premieres from transnational composers Alex Ho, Jasmin Kent Rodgman and Raymond Yiu welcomed in the Year of the Rat, weaved between Chinese folk songs arranged for the ensemble. Ho’s Say Hi was first up, its programme note explaining that it was scored for any four instruments with the additional (dreaded) forces of...
“It’s an odd kind of music,” announced pianist Philip Thomas ahead of performing Christian Wolff’s Three Studies, “but if you find this music as curious as I do, you’ll be pleased to know that Christian wrote to John Cage in 1980 saying that he did too.”
Thomas had taken to the stage at Cafe OTO for a first half filled with Wolff's music just as it began hammering down with rain outside. It was his second of two concerts across Monday and Tuesday celebrating the recent release of two solo recordings: Christian Wolff’s Preludes, Variations, Studies and Incidental Music on Sub Rosa and Morton Feldman Piano on Another Timbre.