“A “heroic” biography of John Cage and his “awakening through Zen Buddhism”—“a kind of love story” about a brilliant American pioneer of the creative arts who transformed himself and his culture” The New York Times
Composer John Cage sought the silence of a mind at peace with itself—and found it in Zen Buddhism, a spiritual path that changed both his music and his view of the universe. “Remarkably researched, exquisitely written,” Where the Heart Beats weaves together “a great many threads of cultural history” (Maria Popova, Brain Pickings) to illuminate Cage’s struggle to accept himself and his relationship with choreographer Merce Cunningham. Freed to be his own man, Cage originated exciting experiments that set him at the epicenter of a new avant-garde forming in the 1950s. Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, Andy Warhol, Yoko Ono, Allan Kaprow, Morton Feldman, and Leo Castelli were among those influenced by his ‘teaching’ and ‘preaching.’ Where the Heart Beats shows the blossoming of Zen in the very heart of American culture.
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Great book about a great artist and his personal stories of compassion and insight.
I had a great time interviewing Gus. We had much in common and I loved his studio space!
Listen to him talk about his life and work and attend this upcoming event!
This ‘From The Horse’ Mouth’ production celebrates the career and accomplishments of a true renaissance man, Gus Solomons Jr. His work as a dancer, choreographer, actor, writer and educator continue to this day proving he is a special force of nature in today’s contemporary arts scene. The cast includes over 20 luminaries honoring his 60 years of professional performance.