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{Re}HAPPENING featuring Third Coast Percussion

{Re}HAPPENING 2017 - one of Asheville's most anticipated yearly art events featuring local and international artists.


Since 2010, Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center (BMCM+AC) has hosted the {Re}HAPPENING inspired by John Cage’s 1952 Theatre Piece No. 1, an unscripted performance at Black Mountain College considered by many to be the first Happening.

The 7th annual {Re}HAPPENING on March 25, 2017 will expand and reshape one of Asheville’s most anticipated yearly art events by offering two international projects as centerpiece events along side a roster of 18 local installation, new media and performance projects. Chicago based Third Coast Percussion will present the music of John Cage and Lou Harrison, and Dance Heginbotham, a New York-based contemporary dance company will make its North Carolina premier.

The {Re}HAPPENING is a day long event at the historic campus of Black Mountain College, known as Lake Eden – 15 minutes from Asheville. It is part art event and part community instigator, providing a platform for contemporary artists to share their response to the vital legacy of Black Mountain College by returning to its original site in the present day.

Each year, the {Re}HAPPENING draws over 500 attendees, features collaborations from 80+ artists, and is staffed by over 50 volunteers. Invitations will be circulated to 2300+ people, and an extensive promotional campaign is planned, including social media promotion to 5000+ followers.

Third Coast Percussion

Founded in 2005, Third Coast Percussion has performed hundreds of concerts across the country, presents an annual concert season at home in Chicago, teaches musicians of all ages and experience levels, and has commissioned dozens of new works by composers including Glenn Kotche, Chris Cerrone, Donnacha Dennehy, Timo Andres, David T. Little, Ted Hearne, and Augusta Read Thomas. Third Coast Percussion is the Ensemble-in-Residence at the University of Notre Dame.

This performance will include classic works by John Cage, Steve Reich and Lou Harrison, as well as more recent works by Glenn Kotche, Augusta Read Thomas, Danny Clay and Peter Martin. Both Cage and Harrison were teachers at Black Mountain College and are widely considered two of the most significant composers of the 20th century. The full program includes:

JOHN CAGE – Third Construction  
STEVE REICH – Mallet Quartet
LOU HARRISION – Counterdance in Spring
AUGUSTA READ THOMAS – Resounding Earth, Mvt. 2: Prayer
DANNY CLAY – Excerpt from Playbook: Bell Game #1 & #2

Project Media

Third Construction (excerpt) by John Cage
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Third Construction was composed by John Cage in 1941, and is among the first Western works conceived for a percussion ensemble. It is scored for four percussionists, with 24 sections of 24 bars each. The rhythmic structure is rotated between the players: 8, 2, 4, 5, 3, 2 for the fourth, 2, 8, 2, 4, 5, 3 for the first, etc. Working closely with Cage’s manuscripts and personal correspondences, Third Coast Percussion is able to bring a new approach to this classic piece and offer deep insight into the work through audience talkbacks.

Third Coast Percussion – “Wild Sound” by Glenn Kotche
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In its original form, Wild Sound is a multimedia performance piece scored entirely for everyday objects and custom-made instruments conceived of by Wilco’s Glenn Kotche and created by Third Coast Percussion in collaboration with the College of Engineering at the University of Notre Dame, where Third Coast Percussion is ensemble-in-residence. Many of the instruments are constructed on stage during the performance, with the sounds of construction integrated seamlessly into the performed sound of the piece.

{Re}HAPPENING 2015 Promo Video + 2014 Recap
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This video includes highlights from the 2014 {Re}HAPPENING, illustrating the wide range of community involvement at each {Re}HAPPENING with a plethora of immersive installation art, new media, and performance projects all situated at the historic Black Mountain College site.

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Black Mountain, North Carolina

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Asheville, North Carolina
The Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center (BMCM+AC) preserves and continues the legacy of educational and artistic innovation of Black Mountain College. We achieve our mission through collection, conservation, and educational activities including exhibitions, publications, and public programs. Founded in 1993 by arts advocate Mary Holden to celebrate the history of Black Mountain College as…

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Chicago, Illinois


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