John Cage had an enormous influence on the way modern music, dance and art developed in the late 20th century.
John Cage was a musician, composer, writer, artist and respected mycologist whose experimental works, particularly during the 1950s and 1960s, had an enormous influence on the way modern music, dance and art developed in the late 20th century.
Born in Los Angeles in 1912, Cage started having piano lessons at the age of nine, and made his first radio programme when he was just 12 years old. Cage spent most of his life in America, working as a teacher, accompanist, composer and performer. In the 1940s he was particularly associated with the development of contemporary modern dance practice.
In the 1950s & 1960s he became famous for a range of experimental works and performances that involved improvisation the random operation of chance, unusual objects used as musical instruments and – most famously – the use of extended sequences of silence.