He changed everything about our perceptions of music, including the notions that it exists solely outside of our own bodies or must be made with traditional instruments. For those reasons, you should thank avant garde composer John Cage whenever a man in a gorilla suit climbs on stage, pours marbles in a blender and sets the thing to “whip.” Yeah, Cage is the classy anarchist godfather of modern noise music. He joins the mix of talent being honored at the Modern’s (3200 Darnell St., Fort Worth) newest performance series, “Sounds Modern,” which plays music by Cage and his contemporaries, like double Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and all-around mack daddy Elliot Carter, for free on select afternoons. Mix it up with these atonal heroes at 2 p.m. on Saturday and match the eccentrically jolting sounds with a perfect visual sidecar: the Modern’s new anniversary acquisitions. It’s free with admission. Visit themodern.org.
Sat., May 11, 2013