Vir2Ual Cage was an expansive project about performing and researching John Cage’s composition Song Books, an encyclopedic collection of 90 musical and theatrical pieces considered a benchmark of American experimental music. The project featured performances, workshops, and seminars in the US and Europe from mid 2009 through late 2012. Highlights included collaborating with young musicians during residencies in Latvia and the Czech Republic, accompanying the renowned Merce Cunningham Dance Company and Mikhail Baryshnikov, and performing excerpts from all of Cage’s “solos for voice” in the epic Long Books.
An eventual goal of Vir2Ual Cage was to develop a cumulative performable archive, containing numerous video recordings of pieces from Song Books from which renditions of the work would be generated algorithmically and streamed online, thus extending Cage’s composition using modern technology. While this goal drew considerable interest, and the software underlying it was demonstrated as a proof of concept, by 2014 progress was suspended indefinitely due to a lack of support. Though the artists who launched Vir2Ual Cage have since moved in other directions, they maintain a strong interest in Song Books, and might someday resume working on the project.
This site offers a trove of discussions from workshops on interpreting Song Books, recordings and photos from several performances, information about the performable archive, and various documents that trace the activities of Vir2Ual Cage. Visitors who wish to inquire about future engagements are welcome to contact us via the link below.