(C-80 cassette released by Counter Culture Chronicles, 2020)
‘New York Piano’, something which has been high on my list of “to get out there” for a long while.
(Philip Corner, 5/7/2020).
Philip Corner (1933) is an American composer, musician, artist, theorist and teacher. Corner studied at The High School of Music & Art and Columbia University NYC and under Olivier Messiaen in Paris in the 1950s. From 1960 to 1961 Corner did military service in Korea, where he studied Korean traditional music and calligraphy, from which he often takes inspiration in his compositions and scores. After his return from Korea Corner was introduced to John Cage and became his teaching assistant together with Richard Maxfield. He took over Cage’s class at the New School for Social Research during the late 1960s and taught music at various schools in New York, which he helped innovate. Through his first wife, astrologer and trance medium Julie Winter, Corner became associated with the Christian-inspired Church of Religious Science, for which he composed meditative music. Corner is a founding member of Fluxus, with which he has been associated since 1961. In the early 1990s he retired from teaching and moved to Italy, where he married dancer and choreographer Phoebe Neville.
The CCC cassette contains Goodbye Leonard St. Loft, performed together with dancers Phoebe Neville and Laura Donnelli, on side A and 3 Days of Understandings with Phoebe Neville on side B. A limited and signed box set of this cassette plus ephemera was also released by Counter Culture Chronicles but this edition has already sold out. Available from Sea Urchin is the regular unboxed edition.