CAGE / Bertoia – October 28th, 2012

“Harry was a metal man. When Harry was making furniture, he was making metal comfortable for the human body. When Harry was making sound sculpture, he was making metal comfortable for the human mind.” – Val Bertoia

Over the last several years, CAGE has developed a relationship with the Johnson Museum of Art with performances their with guest artists Pauline Oliveros (Deep Listening Workshop and concert), Jessika Kenney, and Peni Candrarini as well as solo and ensemble performances by CAGE and CAGE members.

That relationship continues on October 28th, 2012 at 3pm with the invitation to perform on the museum’s stunning collection of Harry Bertoia’s “sonambient” scultures, referred to as “tonals”. More details at the Johnson >>

(Video by Jan Kather,


During the last decade of his life, Bertoia recorded several of his own symphonic performances with dozens of these “tonals” he assembled in a converted barn at his home in Bartow, Pennsylvania. The recordings fill eleven vinyl LPs, collectively titled Sonambient.

Harry Bertoia: Unfolding (from Sonambient):

Kevin Ernste

Kevin Ernste is a composer, performer, and teacher of composition and electronic music at Cornell University where he is Director of the Cornell Electroacoustic Music Center. He did graduate work in Music Composition at the Eastman School of Music (MA, PhD). In 2005, he was the Acting Director and lecturer at the Eastman Computer Music Center and Co-director of the ImageMovementSound festival.