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S.E.M. Ensemble
Talujon Percussion Ensemble
John Cage Radio Music (1956)
Imaginary Landscape No. 1 (1939)
Amores (1943)
Inlets (1977)
Cartridge Music (1960)
First Construction (in metal) (1939)
Petr Kotik Many Many Women (1975-78)
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The S.E.M. Ensemble will present its annual December concert on December 19 at Willow Place Auditorium in Brooklyn Heights.

The program as well as the location relates to the (still felt) residues of Hurricane Sandy [HS] during SEM’s Beyond Cage festival: Talujon Percussion Ensemble will (finally) perform their set of percussion pieces by John Cage, and SEM will continue performing Petr Kotik’s Many Many Women on text by Gertrude Stein (this time in a 60-minute excerpt). Due to Sandy’s aftermath, we have moved the annual event (usually at Paula Cooper Gallery) to our own space, Willow Place Auditorium in Brooklyn Heights.

A highlight of Talujon’s set is the performance of Cage’s landmark electro-acoustic work Imaginary Landscape No. 1, for piano, cymbal, and two turntables, using reproductions of the RCA test-tone records that Cage used in the original composition. Two percussionists will operate turntables with vinyl reproductions of the records, in a live realization of a piece Cage originally intended for radio performance.

The 6-hour Many Many Women (programmed, relocated and shortened at Beyond Cage because of HS) will be heard in a shorter excerpt. (The full version will be performed in the not-too-distant future.) The entire piece consists of 173 sections, which are distributed among the musicians who shape the piece, deciding individually on each section’s entry.