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Udo Kasemets fonds
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Ontario College of Art projects

Series consists of Udo Kasemets's notebooks, posters, and plans for projects at the Ontario College of Art (OCA). Series also contains Kasemets's OCA teaching materials and notes.

D'un morceau en forme de poire

File contains materials relating to Udo Kasemets's composition for the project "…morceaux en forme de poire," organized in connection with the International Festival Evenings of New Music 1995.

OPazERA : CD project

File contains Udo Kasmemets's proposal for a CD project to mark the 85th birthday of the Nobel laureate, Mexican poet, and cultural essayist Octavio Paz.

In my sixtieth year, 1979 , In my sixty first year, 1979/80 , Terrestial texts, 1980/81

File includes: News of the moon of the scarlet plums, News of the moon of the black cherries, Texts of the moon of the falling leaves, Texts of the moon of the popping trees, Texts of the moon of frost in the teepee, Texts of the moon of the dark red calves, Texts of the moon of the snowblind, Texts of the moon of the grass appearing, Texts of the moon of the shedding ponies, Texts of the moon of making fat, and Texts of the moon when the cherries ripen.

A symphosium

File contains materials relating to Udo Kasemets's "Symphosium," performed by Array Music, which included: Calendaround: Rixax (for solo percussion with optional video); Tetraktys of Thunders I (for solo double bass with optional video); Einstein and Tagore seeking Truth and Beauty (double/sextuple mesostics for two voices and music in four parts); Tetraktys of Thunders II and III (for clarinet and trumpet with optional video); Tetraktys of Thunders IV, V, and VI (for violin, double bass, and clarinet with optional video); (4x4)'33" Sirens (for ensemble of readers and instrumentalists); and, Tetraktys of Thunders VII, VIII, IX, and X (for trumpet, clarinet, violin, and double bass with optional video).

Symposium: Synergetics and the arts : correspondence

File includes correspondence with Ralph Abraham, José Argüelles, Michael Ben-Eli, Arthur Boutilier, John Cage, Austin Clarkson, H. S. M. Coxeter, Andrew Culver, David Dunn, Amy Edmondson, Allegra Fuller Snyder, Juan Gever, Ben Johnston, Kenneth King, Alcides Lanza, Lucy Lippard, Arthur L. Loeb, Alvin Lucier, Jackson Mac Low, Neil McNeil, Gary Murphy, New Music Concerts, Pauline Oliveros, David Suzuki, James Tenney, Hildegard Westerkamp & Norman Ruebsaat, Windstar Foundation, and Gayle Young. File also includes biographical information.


File includes a poster and program of the event at Dalhousie University on February 7, 1977, and correspondence with Dave Godfrey (Press Porcepic).


File contains posters for Music Gallery event and a typescript of the description. File also contains: Udo's memorybank: "index of inputs,"including sketches, and photocopy with playing-card pagination; Sixty cycles, including program, a copy of typed letter inviting contributions, and sketches for tape work in ink; Nonologue, including a copy of typed invitation letter, album of responses with address labels and stamps, and correspondence from Dick Higgins, Mary Ashley, Don Druick, Pauline Oliveros, Jackson Mac Low, John Beckwith, Robert Ashley, Graham Coughtry, and Nobuo Kubota; Tokens of thanks, including a draft and a copy of typescript. File also contains 4 albums of small black and white photos, mostly self-portraits, often double-exposed, and "36 questions with 36 responses" (typescript).

3 lecturESSAYS / quollages

File contains: Prologue to an interlogue and an epilogue; Interlogue between a prologue and an epilogue; and, Epilogue to a prologue and an interlogue.

Mixed media concerts, various locations

File contains correspondence with performers and administrators, including: Carl Morey, Stuart Dempster, Greg Curnoe, Canada Council offici, Grant Sampson, Cornelius Cardew, Graham Nesbitt, Terry Riley, Alvin Lucier, Rachelle Mingail, Brian Mitchell, autograph material, Lowell Cross. File also contains the budget for first concert, programs, publicity material, and newspaper reviews from Toronto, Kingston, and Montreal.

Octagonal oratory : lecturessay

File includes drafts and a poster for presentation at Simon Fraser University on February 7, 1968. The lecture is based on Kasemets's Octode, and Octagonal Ode.

Concerts at Isaacs Gallery

File contains correspondence (typed and handwritten) with composers and performers, including: Norman Friedman, Max Neuhaus, Marian Cummings, Canada Council offici, Judith Dunne (ONCE), Jill Johnston, Bertram Turetzky, John Cage, Gordon Mumma, Michael Snow, E.A. Wilkinson (Hart House), Aurelio de la Vega, Alvin Lucier, Dick [Higgins], Postcard signed by Gordon Mumma, David Behrman, Mary Lucier, Alvin Lucier, Robert Ashley, Lee Hepner (Hamilton PO), and David Jones. File o contains programs, newspaper and magazine reviews and articles.

Musics for and with John Cage

File contains 64 Provocations for John Cage, a CBC radio program, and correspondence with John Cage. File also contains tape loop charts in coloured ink; paste-up of script; Music of today, CBC radio series; drafts of scripts for programs on Cage; 65th birthday "Celebration week"; concert programs; typescript invitation for "Messagemix"; draft of radio script; and, mixing chart.

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