John Cage’s ‘Apartment House 1776,’ at Avant Music Festival Reviewed


Often played simultaneously with “Renga,” a larger Cage work derived from 361 drawings by Thoreau, “Apartment House 1776” is meant to evoke the cultures and traditions present at the birth of independence through disparate musical statements and styles, mingled as if overheard from open windows in a modern apartment building. On Saturday afternoon the work’s festive intent was revived, when prominent New York musicians played it to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Avant Media, a New York nonprofit new-music organization directed by the composer Randy Gibson