1 Dec 2016


Mauricio Kagel, Zwei Mann Orchester, installation shot. Photo courtesy of Bowerbird.


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


American Sublime. Photo courtesy of Bowerbird.

Bowerbird is a presenting organization that, since 2006, has produced over 500 events, with a focus on what the organization describes as “experimental, outsider, avant, unknown, forgotten, futuristic, and rediscovered types of music.” Center-supported projects include Cage: Beyond Silence (2012), a series of John Cage’s major musical compositions, in conjunction with the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Center-funded exhibition Dancing Around the Bride, and choreographer Xavier Le Roy’s More Mouvements für Lachenmann (2011). 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. In 2017, Bowerbird received a Center Exhibitions & Public Interpretation Project grant for Sound Material: Kagel's Zwei Mann Orchester, presenting the US premiere of a large-scale sound sculpture, conceived by late composer and artist Mauricio Kagel.