1 Dec 2016


Dan Blacksberg, performer, Cage: Beyond Silence. Photo courtesy of Bowerbird.


American Sublime. Photo courtesy of Bowerbird.

Bowerbird is a presenting organization that showcases over 70 events annually, with a focus on raising awareness of "provocative and divergent musical traditions." Presenting performances in intimate spaces at little to no cost in order to increase public access, Bowerbird showcases experimental forms of music, dance, and film. This melding of forms was evident in a Center-supported project that brought choreographer Xavier Le Roy's More Mouvements für Lachenmann (scored to a composition by Helmut Lachenmann, performed live by Klangforum Wien) to Philadelphia at the 2011 Fringe Festival. In 2011–12, with Center support, Bowerbird presented Cage: Beyond Silence, a festival of John Cage's major musical compositions, in conjunction with the Philadelphia Museum of Art's Center-funded exhibition Dancing Around the Bride. In 2015, the Center awarded a Discovery grant to Bowerbird to explore the possibility of presenting the work of African American composer Julius Eastman (1940–90). This research informed That Which Is Fundamental, the first multi-concert retrospective of Eastman's work.