John Cage: 102

September 5th, 2014
Wild Project
195 East 3rd Street
New York, NY 10009

John Cage: 102
John Cage's birthday is on September 5th

Given our history of presenting John Cage’s work, at the Avant Music Festival, at dedicated concerts, and online at, it seems only fitting to begin an annual birthday celebration concert. As we did with our John Cage at 95 concert, we’re bringing together our favorite people to celebrate one of the most influential composers of the 20th Century, whose ethos of experimentation ripples to this day through all of New Music.

On September 5th, we will inhabit the Wild Project with a 60 minute performance of perennial favorite Song Books as performed by composers featured on the Avant Music Festival and performers we have worked with closely over the years.

  • Eve Beglarian (Festival Composer 2012)
  • Nicole Camacho (Festival Performer 2010, 2012-14)
  • Vicky Chow (Festival Performer 2011, 2012)
  • Christie Finn (Festival Performer 2010, 2011)
  • Randy Gibson (Festival Curator)
  • Nick Hallett (Festival Composer 2013)
  • John King (Festival Performer 2014, Festival Composer 2016)
  • Kjersti Kveli (Festival Performer 2013, 2014)
  • William Lang (Festival Performer 2010-15)
  • Mary MacKenzie (Festival Performer 2012, 2013, 2015)
  • Paula Matthusen (Festival Composer 2015)
  • Megan Schubert (Festival Curator)
  • Nate Wooley (Season Performer 2014-15)
  • Kryssy Wright (Avant Media Lighting Designer)

For many years, Gwen Deely had run a birthday celebration at St. Mark’s Church, and we’re inspired by her example. When she announced that the 100th Birthday celebration would be the last time she would organize those celebrations, we knew it was our calling to step in and take the mantle.

We’re thrilled to be the place to celebrate John Cage on his birthday for many years to come.