Friday, April 24, 2009

Taste the Avant Garde: Sunday

Oh heavenly Gods of the Avant-Garde, I thank you!

The Vizcaya Museum and Gardens - which is a delightful and stunning homage to Italian Renaissance architecture - will feature 64 toy pianos playing continuously on Sunday, April 26th from noon to 4 p.m. The event is free with the price of paid admission [$10 for Miami Dade residents and $15 for non-residents].

The pianos will be performing a piece called Kun by the toy pianist and composer, Wendy Mae Chambers.

According to a press release from Vizcaya's Web site:

"Kun" musically represents the 64 hexagrams of the I Ching, the ancient Chinese book of divination that was also used by the avant-garde composer John Cage. "Kun" will feature 64 musicians performing on 32 white toy pianos and 32 black toy pianos placed in pairs throughout the gardens, representing the yin/yang formation. Each pair will perform a six-minute duet, for a total of 32 linked compositions. Each toy piano will represent one of the 64 hexagrams of the I Ching and, as such, have a unique 6 note scale.

Kun, the second hexagram of the I Ching, represents Mother Earth and is comprised of six broken lines. All of the 64 hexagrams of the I Ching are derived from the first two hexagrams. The first hexagram, Ch'ien, represents Heaven and is comprised of six unbroken lines.

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