Monday 7 October 2019, 7.30pm
Delighted to host John Tilbury performing John Cage's Sonatas and Interludes. Tilbury's highly-acclaimed recording of Cage's Sonatas and Interludes for prepared piano at All Saints church in Petersham, Surrey was released by Decca in 1974.
“One of the most transparently clear and close-up recordings ever made of this scintillating work... [Tilbury's] carefully measured phrases, subtle dynamics, and sharply articulated rhythms are so captivating that they can practically hypnotize listeners. Tilbury belongs to a comparatively small group of musicians who mastered the intricacies of Cage's prepared piano, an instrument sonically altered through the application of small objects to the strings. As is typical of pianists drawn to this kind of music in the first place, his playing is committed, utterly fastidious, and self-effacing.” – Blair Sanderson, All Music
John Tilbury is renowned for his peerless interpretation of the piano music of Morton Feldman, John Cage, Christian Wolff and Howard Skempton. In addition to the performances and seminal recordings that he has made of these composers’ works, he has been an eloquent advocate of their music in his writing and speaking about them. The same is true of the attention he has paid to the music and ideas of Cornelius Cardew, the subject of his authoritative biography published in 2008, and with whom he played in the legendary improvisation groups the Scratch Orchestra and AMM. In the last ten years John Tilbury has performed a range of plays and prose pieces by Samuel Beckett.