September 24, 2012
by Gayle Williams
One might be surprised to see a Sarasota audience give a standing ovation for a performance of music by John Cage and Steve Reich. However, since the birth of New Music New College under the leadership of Stephen Miles, this series of concerts and events has become a shining beacon for new and experimental music attracting an ever-growing audience.
Not that either Cage or Reich are new, really. In fact, for new music fans, they’re the Bach and Beethoven of their genre. The centenary of John Cage’s birth is being celebrated this year across the globe. In honor of this event, Third Coast Percussion featured three of Cage’s compositions from the years 1940-42.
This crew of four percussionists from Chicago — Owen Clayton Condon, Robert Dillon, Peter Martin, and David Skidmore — with a veritable candy store battery of percussion, sizzled with the rhythmic energy of innumerable provocative sounds.