In Memoriam of Lou Cohen: John Cage in The Park

OpenSound closed its 2017 concert series with a performance of John Cage’s “Variations III” in Seven Hills Park, in Davis Square.

Since 2005, OpenSound has been a home for Boston-based improvisers, sound artists, dancers, and creative thinkers, as well as for regional, national, and international touring artists. For many years its final concert was a performance of John Cage’s Variations III, curated by the series co-director, Lou Cohen, a student and colleague of Cage and Christian Wolff.

When Lou passed away in 2013, OpenSound organized several events in his memory, including an important concert and memorial including 100 musicians performing Variations III at the Somerville Armory. This event was powerful in bringing together members of Boston’s family, many of whom had since spread throughout the United States, and a wonderful expression of remembrance, support, and creativity.

Mattress Factory Sessions Presents: The Horse-Eyed Men

The Horse-Eyed Men are Noah and Dylan Harley, two brothers who play original disgruntled Americana and country. Raised by musical humans in a former candy store outside of Providence RI, their music mixes spaghetti-western themes with cabaret, ragtime, and post-partum punk.

Society Of Composers (Berklee College) Fall Concert 2016

Society of Composers at Berklee presents their fall semester concert. The concert celebrates and embraces diversity and inclusion at a time when people are becoming more divided than ever.

Compositions span a wide variety of themes and styles, and are performed by Berklee students with additional special guests from the community. All compositions are premieres, composed by Berklee students and recent alumni.

Lineup

  • Yotam Ishay: Three Preludes for Piano
  • Life’s Little Moment: Jacquelyn Hazle
  • Caught up in the Snow: Tina Kayal (composer) and Sarah Chong (piano)
  • When Eyes Meet: Jan Vincent Huntenburg
  • Copley 6:49 – 8 Miniatures: David Lee (arr. w/ Matt Scutchfield)
  • Los Perros: Donovan Sierra, Sarah Chong (piano)
  • On a Rainy Night: Tianyi Zhang (composer/pianist)
  • Last Stage to a New World: Ben Delaney
  • A Year After: Pedro Osuna (Composer), Tania Mesa (Violin I), Lily Lyons (Violin II), Yeh-Van Chen (Sandy) (Viola) and Parker Ousley (Cello)
  • (Bye -) Escapade: Matt Scutchfield (Composer), Paul Meland (Saxophone), Matt Samolis (Flute), Lou Bunk (Viola), Ben Delaney (Violin) and Sarah Chong (Prepared Piano)
  • Concertino: Lou Bunk (composer and conductor) and almost everyone above

Audio recording credits go to: Kenneth Jin.

Grizzles by Lou Cohen

Lou Cohen, born 1937, has composed music since age 11. He studied mathematics at MIT, and has studied music privately. Composition teachers include John Cage, Ernst Levy and Alan Kemler.

He studied harpsichord and early music performance practice with John Gibbons.

Performers:

Dirk Adams, Polly Hanson, Clara Kebabian, Jesse Kenas-Collins, Joshua Jefferson, Andrea Pensado, Melanie Hedlund, Jane Wang, Audrey Chen, Henrik Munkeby Nørstebø, flandrew fleisenberg, lou bunk