With profound sadness, I relay that one of our own, Taylan Cihan, has passed away–October 8th 2014. Taylan was a founding member of CAGE, whose own personal musical developments mirrored and underpinned those of the group. Without him, CAGE would not be what it is and it is almost unimaginable to continue without him…without his sometimes gritty, sometimes jarring, but often beautifully reserved, poignant, deceptively under-spoken musical sensibility that helped give life to a rich, mutually serendipitous musical language that none of us in CAGE, Taylan included, could have ever expected or set out to create. – Kevin Ernste


The Cornell Avant Garde Ensemble (CAGE) was founded in early Spring 2011 as a performing ensemble dedicated to freely improvised music.  CAGE is a collective of musicians committed to the realization and enactment of new and experimental works. Its founding was a natural outgrowth of a critical mass of interest and expertise at Cornell, a coincidence of people with shared experiences, backgrounds, and enthusiasm. CAGE is, therefore, an exercise in collective artistic serendipity. “It is the nature of our group to be responsive, to be always listening. We thrive on the unknown…” :: Kevin Ernste in the Cornell Daily Sun

Taylan Cihan

Kevin Ernste

Annie Lewandowski

Chris Miller

Chris Miller