Sonic Youth guitarist Lee Ranaldo performs John Cage compositions
January 4, 2013By Peter Crimmins
This weekend, the Philadelphia Museum of Art is welcoming one of the giants of punk and avant-garde music.
Lee Ranaldo, a guitarist with the band Sonic Youth, will be performing work by John Cage in one of the museum's galleries.
The solo performances Friday, Saturday, and Sunday are part of the current show, "Dancing Around The Bride," about the collaborative work of composer John Cage, choreographer Merce Cunningham, and painters Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg and Marcel Duchamp. All five used elements of chance and randomness in their work.
Ranaldo, whose 30-year career spans music, painting, and writing, suspends his guitar from the gallery ceiling, tapping it with drum mallets and violin bows to tease out subtle changes of feedback and noise, while dancers from the Merce Cunningham company perform.
Listen to Lee Ranaldo explain his relationship with those artists that steered the course of modernism.