Bowerbird

Updated
1 Dec 2016

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Maryanne Amacher’s Intelligent Life cover,  circa 1982. Photo courtesy of Bowerbird.

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"Adjacencies," 1965, score detail. Photo courtesy of Bowerbird.

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Mauricio Kagel, Zwei Mann Orchester, installation shot. Photo courtesy of Bowerbird.

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Dan Blacksberg, performer, Cage: Beyond Silence. Photo courtesy of Bowerbird.

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American Sublime. Photo courtesy of Bowerbird.

Bowerbird is a presenting organization that, since 2006, has produced over 500 events, with a focus on what the organization describes as “experimental, outsider, avant, unknown, forgotten, futuristic, and rediscovered types of music.” Center-supported projects include Cage: Beyond Silence (2012), a series of John Cage’s major musical compositions, in conjunction with the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Center-funded exhibition Dancing Around the Bride, and That Which Is Fundamental, the first multi-concert retrospective of African American composer Julius Eastman’s (1940–90) work. In 2017, Bowerbird received a Project grant for Sound Machines: Kagel's Zwei Mann Orchester, presenting the US premiere of a large-scale sound sculpture conceived by late composer and artist Mauricio Kagel. A 2018 grant has supported Making The Third Ear, delving into the work of pioneering sound artist Maryanne Amacher (1938-2009).