Cross-Hatched | Impresarios, Inc.

Part of Cross-Hatched

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 | 8:00 p.m.


The Broad
221 S. Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Adam Tendler in performance. © Ben Tran. Joan La Barbara dancing in tape. © Hank O’Neal.

In 1958, with Emile de Antonio and Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns formed Impresarios, Inc., which sponsored two performances of new music and dance in New York. Performed by pianist Adam Tendler with vocalist Joan La Barbara, all the works in this program reflect the close collaboration and inter-relationships of Jasper Johns with John Cage and Merce Cunningham, or were performed at the Impresarios, Inc. events. Most notable is the now-legendary 25-Year Retrospective of the Music of John Cage at Town Hall in New York City that took place on May 15, 1958. 


  • “RainForest,” David Tudor
  • “Sonatas and Interludes" (Parts 1 & 2), John Cage 
  • “For Piano 1,” Christian Wolff
  • “Three Pieces for Piano,” Morton Feldman 
  • “Dream,” John Cage



  • “Telephones and Birds,” John Cage (with excerpt of Merce Cunningham Dance Company video Travelogue)
  • “Concert for piano" with "Aria" and "Fontana Mix,” John Cage
  • “Wonderful Widow of Eighteen Springs,” John Cage
  • “Nowth upon Nacht,” John Cage
Tickets to this program include timed entry tickets for one visit to Jasper Johns: 'Something Resembling Truth' at an alternate date and time of your choosing, subject to availability. Please note that the museum and exhibition close at 5 p.m. on Wednesdays, with the last entry at 4 p.m. 


Joan La Barbara, composer, performer, sound artist and actor, is renowned for developing a unique vocabulary of experimental and extended vocal techniques (multiphonics, circular singing, ululation and glottal clicks, her “signature sounds”), influencing generations of other composers and singers. Awards and honors include Foundation for Contemporary Arts John Cage Award (2016); Premio Internazionale Demetrio Stratos for experimental music; DAAD-Berlin and Civitella Ranieri Artist-in-Residencies; Guggenheim Fellowship; 7 National Endowment for the Arts awards (Music Composition, Opera/Music Theater, Inter-Arts, Recording, Solo Recital, Visual Arts); and American Music Center’s Letter of Distinction for her significant contributions to contemporary American music. Her numerous commissions for multiple voices, chamber ensembles, orchestra, interactive technology, soundscores for dance, video and film and a score for voice and electronics for Sesame Street broadcast worldwide since 1977. She has collaborated with visual artists Matthew Barney, Judy Chicago, Ed Emshwiller, Kenneth Goldsmith, Bruce Nauman, Steina, Woody Vasulka and Lawrence Weiner, and premiered landmark compositions including Morton Subotnick’s chamber opera Jacob’s Room, and multimedia works Hungers and Intimate Immensity; Robert Ashley’s operas Now Eleanor’s Idea, DustCelestial ExcursionsImprovement and Concrete; Philip Glass and Robert Wilson’s Einstein on the Beach; Morton Feldman’s Three Voices; Steve Reich’s Drumming and John Cage’s Eight Whiskus and Solo for Voice 45 from Song Books. In addition to her internationally acclaimed recordings of Feldman and Cage, her seminal works from the 1970s, Voice is the Original InstrumentSound Paintings (Lovely Music) and Shaman-Song (New World) and Mode Records’ recent CD and Blu-Ray surround-sound release The Early Immersive Music of Joan La Barbara, she has recorded for A&M Horizon, Centaur, Deutsche Grammophon, Nonesuch, Music & Arts, MusicMasters, Musical Heritage, New Albion, Newport Classic, Sony, Virgin, Voyager and Wergo. Film work includes creating the character voice for the “Alien Newborn” in Alien: Resurrection, vocal work on John Frizzell’s score for I Still Know What You Did Last Summer and a portion of her work, “Erin,” was included in Johann Johannsson’s score for Arrival. La Barbara was Artistic Director of Carnegie Hall’s multi-year series, “When Morty Met John”; co-founder of the composers collective Ne(x)tworks; artist faculty at New York University, teaching music composition; and Performing Arts faculty of Mannes/The New School; composer and publisher member of ASCAP; member of SAG-AFTRA and AEA. She is composing a new opera inspired by Virginia Woolf and Joseph Cornell.


About Cross-Hatched

In conversation with the special exhibition Jasper Johns: 'Something Resembling Truth', Cross-Hatched takes inspiration from Jasper Johns’ collaborative and fruitful friendships with composer John Cage and choreographer and dancer Merce Cunningham. This series includes three evenings of music, voice and dance films programmed with live accompaniment and Fluxus performances, demonstrating the close friendships between the three artists and the influence they played on each other’s creative practice. Co-curated and performed by pianist Adam Tendler, the series will also feature legendary vocalist Joan La Barbara, renowned for developing a unique vocabulary of experimental and extended vocal techniques, which have influenced generations of other composers and singers.

A Taste of Cross-Hatched


  • Wednesday, Feb. 28, 8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Mar. 14, 8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Apr. 18, 8 p.m.

“Of course, painters were a large and important part of Merce’s audience. The music was one of the strong attractions for them. I thought of John as a sort of teacher/preacher/soldier. His curiosity seemed wide-ranging and athletic, and he was able to connect his work to other fields of thought—to nature, philosophy, science and whatnot. He was generous in his willingness to explain these connections and seemed happy to convince others of the usefulness of his ideas...I think many of us felt that ideas in one medium could trigger ideas in another medium—and that mediums could be mixed in new ways.” -Jasper Johns

The Broad wishes to acknowledge The John Cage Trust and Merce Cunningham Trust for their valuable input and permissions.


Adam Tendler has been called “a virtuoso” by The Village Voice, "exuberantly expressive" by the Los Angeles Times and a “quietly charismatic... intrepid... outstanding... maverick pianist” by The New Yorker. He has performed solo recitals in all fifty states, including engagements at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Kitchen, (le) poisson rouge, National Sawdust, Rubin Museum, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Rothko Chapel, Joe’s Pub, The Fisher Center at Bard College and James Turrell's Skypace in Sarasota, Florida. His memoir, 88x50, was a 2014 Kirkus Indie Book of the Month and a Lambda Literary Award Nominee. 2015 saw the release of Tendler's premiere recording of Edward T. Cone’s 21 Little Preludes for piano and he will record an album of works by Robert Palmer for New World Records in 2018. Adam Tendler lives in Brooklyn, serves on the faculty of Greenwich House Music School and Third Street Music School Settlement and performs in the radical new music collective, Tenth Intervention.

A recognized interpreter of modern American music, Tendler has performed the work of John Cage internationally, often from memory, working closely with the John Cage Trust. Tendler has recorded and spoken about Cage’s music for the immersive music app, Tido, produced by Cage’s publisher, Edition Peters, making him the first performer to record Cage’s music exclusively for a digital music platform.