Amstel Quartet: John Cage – Four5

In these bizarre times, even though we’re separated from each other, musicians have found creative ways to connect using technology and add beauty to this uncertain world.

The music of John Cage, more than perhaps any other composer, embraces uncertainty. Every performance of Four5 is different, both because of the performance instructions, and also because of other ‘real-world’ sounds that may intrude. This music allows the listener to journey deeper into themselves and to embrace all the external sounds, intrusions, and events that occur: to accept the things that happen without resistance, even when they are scary, boring, unsettling, or frustrating.

With this video we also try to look to the future, and a moment where life returns to normal–or perhaps even better than it was before. Cage’s Four5 is featured on our forthcoming CD, American Dream, alongside music by Lauba, Mellits, Torke, and Creston, already long in the making. We can’t wait for the day that we can present the CD in live concert, and personally hand it over it to our fans and friends, accompanied by a gezellig handshake or hug. Stay safe everyone!

– editing by Remco Jak-

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