Erik Satie

Erik Satie’s Vexations on Wall Street

Erik Satie's Vexations on Wall Street | Make Music New York 2012

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Channeling whimsy into outrage (or is it the other way around?), a tag team of vibraphonists will perform Erik Satie’s eighteen-hour composition Vexations near the corner of Broad and Wall Streets, led by frequent MMNY collaborator Amy Garapic.

Although Satie wrote Vexations in 1893, it went unperformed during his lifetime. Composer John Cage, whose centenary is being celebrated this year, was the first to publish the piece (in 1949), and the first to organize a performance (in 1963), featuring luminaries David Tudor, Christian Wolff, David Del Tredici, and James Tenney.

New York performers this year will include Amy Garapic, Matt Evans, Carson Moody, Doug Perkins, Owen Weaver, and Alan Zimmermann. Simultaneous performances of the piece will take place in Chicago, Phoenix, Los Angeles, Toronto, Amsterdam, Mexico City, Canberra and Melbourne (Australia), Amman (Jordan), Seoul (South Korea), Pitea (Sweden), and Golania (Brazil), as part of the Make Music / Fête de la Musique festivities around the world.


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