John Cage

Los Angeles, California, USA, 1912 — New York City, New York, USA, 1992

  • Composer
  • Performer (piano)

John Cage was born in 1912 in Los Angeles, and died on August 12, 1992. Composer and thinker, he was part of the American avant-garde for a number of years—perhaps the American composer which had the greatest impact on all contemporary music. Constantly exploring new possibilities, John Cage’s music always found different ways of expression: prepared piano, radios, unusual percussion instruments, electric and electronic sounds, chance, the I Ching, silence… During the 1960s, his quest was directed toward a greater integration of life in art, a quest met by many vicious attacks.