Brian Olewnick reports on an interesting tribute piece amidst a concert of John Cage works:
The highlight of the evening, a very pleasant surprise, was McDonough's own "Landscape Under Construction", for 1 to 42 CD players, here ten. As I understand it (again, Barry or Kurt can correct me), each musician selects a disc of Cage's music from 42 supplied by McDonough. (S)he then follows a time-based score (total time = 34'55") consisting of two columns which contained instructions on starting or pausing the disc (which is played from its beginning) as well as volume increases or decreases...Whatever, the result was a beautifully shifting landscape where the listener constantly makes pattern connections between ostensibly unrelated musics, almost all of them seeming to make "sense".
Sort of a real-time iPod shuffle re-mix for the concert-going set.
Recent compositions/arrangements have been an arrangement of Mingus’ Goodbye Porkpie Hat, Tracheotomy for 8 vocalists, Landscape Under Construction, for between 1 and 42 CD players playing John Cage CDs and a piece for solo viola. He has worked with Anthony Braxton recently recorded a duo CD this past July. He is currently working on a piece for 25 saxophones, an album of standards, and is collaborating with Canadian singer-songwriter Tony Hightower.