Fluxus was a wily, nebulous – and deeply influential – anti-establishment current founded in the 1960s. An international collective of artists, composers, and poets, Fluxus aimed to collapse what it considered the false wall between art and life. In a survey curated by Christopher Rountree in collaboration with the Getty Research Institute, the often-humorous, frequently challenging music and performances of Fluxus will be presented on and off-site, including an orchestral subscription concert at Walt Disney Concert Hall.

The LA Phil’s exploration will include a combination of live events, printed materials, and symposia, including surprise appearances, installations and performances throughout the LA Phil’s 2018/19 centennial season.

In partnership with the Getty Research Institute

 

Fluxus Events:

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SUN / OCT 14 - 2018 • LEARNING EVENT

Fluxus Learning Event

Leading Fluxus scholar Natilee Harren will use the Getty’s extensive archives of Fluxus-related ephemera (including original scores) to present the movement in its historical context. Christopher Rountree and members of the LA Phil will perform, and Rebekah Heller of the International Contemporary Ensemble will lead a participatory workshop designed around the music of Pauline Oliveros.

Location: The Getty Research Institute

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Photo courtesy of Barbro Patterson

 

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NOV 6, 10, 11 - 2018 • CONCERT

Cage's Europeras 1 & 2

“For two hundred years the Europeans have been sending us their operas. Now I’m sending them back.” That’s how John Cage described Europeras 1 & 2, and he wasn’t kidding. The LA Phil, The Industry and LA Phil Artist-Collaborator Yuval Sharon team up again for a wild new production of Cage’s radical revelation.

Location: Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City

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Photo by Beatriz Schiller, courtesy of the John Cage Trust

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SAT / NOV 17 - 2018 • CONCERT

Fluxconcert

Conducted by festival curator Christopher Rountree and directed by R. B. Schlather, this evening-long exploration of the Fluxus movement, staged throughout Walt Disney Concert Hall by the LA Phil, is one of the most ambitious undertakings of the orchestra’s 100-year career, and one of the largest Fluxus events ever to be put on by a major symphony orchestra. Designed to dissolve the perceived boundaries between audience, musician, and work, the entire campus will be activated, with sound, light, and action emanating from throughout the building. It will be an evening of chance encounters, unexpected delights, and historic performances.

Location: Walt Disney Concert Hall

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Photo credit: Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles

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Photo credit: Betty Freeman Papers, Los Angeles Philharmonic Archives 
 

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Photo credit: Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles
 

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Photo credit: Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles

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FRI / FEB 15 - 2019 • CONCERT

Fluxus Spotlight: Knowles/Ikeda

Alison Knowles first performed Proposition #2: Make a Salad in 1962 at a Fluxus concert at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London. Declared “New Music” by Cage and termed “Intermedia” by Dick Higgins, Knowles’ event score proposes the following: “Make a salad.” When Knowles performs it, she does precisely that, prepping and tossing a massive salad on a contemporary concert and serving it to everyone attending. 

This program also features the world premiere of music for percussion by Ryoji Ikeda, featuring the Los Angeles Percussion Quartet and Alexandre Babel, and commissioned by the LA Phil.

Location: Walt Disney Concert Hall

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FRI / MAR 22, 2019 • CONCERT

BREATHEWATCHLISTENTOUCH: The Work and Music of Yoko Ono

Yoko Ono is one of the most influential artistic figures of the 20th century. Her works as both a performance artist and a musician have not only helped to shape both media in the ensuing years, but have also had wider reverberations in society at large. Her work is conceptually bold and politically confrontational, but it’s delivered to her audience with a lyrical touch – one informed by her dedication to peace and spirituality – giving it a great sense of warmth and humanity.

Location: Walt Disney Concert Hall

Photo credit: © Clay Perry, England @ Co Gallery

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SAT / APR 6 - 2019 • CONCERT

Patricia Kopatchinskaja solo Fluxus performance

Fluxus will return to the Getty Museum for a solo performance of Fluxus works by Patricia Kopatchinskaja. The versatile violinist recently served as music director of the Ojai Festival.

Location: Getty Museum

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Photo credit: Betty Freeman Papers, Los Angeles Philharmonic Archives 
 

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Photo credit: Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles

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SAT / MAY 25 - 2019 • CONCERT

Ragnar KJARTANSSON Bliss

The final aria of Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro is one of the most rapturous pieces of music ever composed, the kind of work that’s so moving, you want to listen to over and over again. And that’s precisely what happens in Ragnar Kjartansson’s Bliss – for twelve hours.

Location: REDCAT

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SAT / JUN 1 - 2019 • CONCERT

David LANG crowd out

Pulitzer Prize winner David Lang had the inspiration for crowd out during a soccer match in London, where he heard the thousands of untrained voices swell, crest, and recede – at times in unison, and at times in total contrast with one another. He composed this major vocal work for one thousand voices as a way of framing how we understand the excitement, fear, and loneliness we feel in crowds; the text itself was crowdsourced with the help of various Internet search engines.

Location: Walt Disney Concert Hall part of Noon to Midnight

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