Bach was a towering figure in the Baroque era whose work continues to captivate classical audiences and musicians more than 250 years after his death. Cage was an American composer and musical philosopher of sorts who incorporated random sounds and Zen philosophy into his pieces.
“I think with Cage we’re always looking at the here and now,” he said. “And often with Bach we’re looking at the beyond -- or trying to get in touch with something beyond this corporeal existence.”
The Bach UnCaged concerts -- set for 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Boulder’s Dairy Center for the Arts -- will feature Carrettin’s electric violin arrangements of Bach’s unaccompanied Cello Suites. Here’s footage of him performing the pieces during a recent session at CPR:
This weekend’s program also includes pianist Marcia Schirmer playing excerpts from Cage’s Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano. Cage’s score calls for the pianist to transform a piano into a kind of percussion instrument by wedging objects like screws, paper clips and pencil erasers into the strings of a piano.
For more on Carrettin and his electric violin arrangements of Bach's music, check out his recent interview with CPR Classical.