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Cage, John – “Cagexperience” – [Amirani Records/Amirani Contemporary]

Naysayer   3/9/2016   A Library, CD

No matter how weird, how outrageous, how experimental or how avant garde musicians and composers try to be, it’s a pretty good chance dear Great-Grandfather John Cage did it first. And it’s a pretty good guess that even the most willing listeners and seasoned DJ’s may get pushed to the edge listening to some of his compositions. This makes me smile. I’ve been pushed and came back and forced myself to go farther and farther. Growth is hard. Endurance and stamina are earned. These five vocal tracks on Amirani Contemporary, are sung, squelched, breathed, belched, falsettoed, barked, whispered, coughed, punched, wailed, yodeled…. whatever sound you can make with your mouth. Stefano Luigi Mangia, Italian vocalist supreme, is amazing. You want baby voices: he does baby voices. You want to sound like a record playing backwards: he does it. Each track is unique but definitely Cage. And as Cage loves, moments of space and time for quiet. Tracks one and two are longer pieces to get lost in. Objects used as percussion accent the 30 minute Four while Mangia vocalizes. The last track is possibly Cages experiment with Gregorian chant. Lovely and odd. Highly recommended. Did I tell you there are repeated parts of Mangia brushing his teeth? LOVE IT!

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