James Falzone Profiled Ahead of Seattle Performance

Source: The Seattle Times.

Clarinetist James Falzone’s office and studio in Kerry Hall, on the Capitol Hill campus of Cornish College of the Arts, not only offers a breathtaking view of Seattle sunsets. It’s a reminder of the high bar the school’s history has set for innovation.

Falzone, chair of music at Cornish since September of 2016 (the year he moved to Seattle from Chicago), says his space where he meets with students, practices his instrument, writes music and even plays “the occasional game of chess” was once an apartment for a faculty legend and pioneering, avant-garde composer. “John Cage was here as an accompanist for the dance program, 1938-42. That was the period when he worked on his prepared piano pieces and first collaborated with Merce Cunningham.”