RIP: Takehisa Kosugi, avant-garde composer and Fluxus artist

RIP: Takehisa Kosugi, avant-garde composer and Fluxus artist

From the Merce Cunningham Trust (via Pitchfork):

Takehisa Kosugi, longtime music collaborator and the last director of music for the Merce Cunningham Dance Company (1995-2012), died yesterday [October 12] after a long battle with esophageal cancer. Kosugi began composing and performing with the Company in 1977. He well known for his early work, including for example Theatre Music, which he composed for Fluxus 1 in 1963. In 1967, Kosugi, assisted by artists Charlotte Moorman and Nam June Paik, presented Music Expanded, an evening-length concert of his work at New York’s Town Hall. His work was performed internationally at international venues and festivals such as Museum of Contemporary Art in Toyko, Edinburgh International Festival, Royal Albert Hall, The Getty Center, Lincoln Center Festival, and Biennale d’Art Contemporaine de Lyon. Kosugi received a John Cage Award for Music from Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts in 1994. Our thoughts are with his friends and family during this sad time.

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