about

Open Music is both a concert series and a performing group. Some players are professionals, some are amateurs. We play original music and improvise, perform works by composers, musicians and artists of the 20th and 21st centuries, explore and collaborate with other media, and adapt theatrical pieces.

Open Music was founded in the spirit of the 20th century’s many strands of everyday avant-garde. These strands include poet Federico García Lorca’s La Barraca theater company, painter and writer Asger Jorn’s collective art endeavors, the text scores of Pauline Oliveros, the graphic scores of Christian Wolff, the early years of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, the mid-1960’s work of Sun Ra and his Solar/Astro-Infinity Arkestra, and the Scratch Orchestra.

The series and ensemble were both founded in 2014 at Webster’s Bookstore Cafe in State College, PA, and have continued to play in venues throughout central Pennsylvania. In addition to original music and film, we’ve performed works by John Cage, Pamela Z, Peter Ablinger, Harriet Rosenberg, Fritz Hauser, Mulatu Astatke, Leah Asher, Scott Wollschleger, Bertolt Brecht, and María Irene Fornés.