Jonathon Keats on Campus

Copernican Music Composition
Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 9:00pm


At Black Mountain College in 1952, John Cage staged his first multimedia happening based on chance. Fifty-nine years later, conceptual artist and experimental philosopher Jonathon Keats began a different set of experiments with randomization in art and musical composition.

Joining UNCA in the Spring of 2018 as the Black Mountain College Legacy Fellow, Jonathon Keats will work with UNCA students on developing a universal set of musical instruments, collectively operating across the full frequency spectrum. These instruments will serve as the basis for a Copernican orchestra at UNC Asheville, for which truly Copernican music will be composed by UNC Asheville students and the Asheville community. This new music will be performed in Lipinsky and broadcast throughout the cosmos. For more details on Copernican art, see Keats’s Manifesto:

Concert: April 19 at 9:00 pm
Lipinsky Hall - Lipinsky Auditorium - UNC Asheville Campus

Free and Open to the Public


Off Campus Event:

Listening Session: Jonathan Keats and the UNC Asheville Copernican Orchestra  (click here)

    7:00 pm-8:30 pm
    OFF CAMPUS - BMCM+AC - 56 Broadway, Asheville

This session will focus on Black Mountain College Legacy Fellow Jonathon Keats’ collaboration with UNC Asheville faculty and students to create universal music, as well as a Copernican orchestra, and will include performance of new compositions on novel instruments such as the x-ray piano. Nearly 500 years ago, the Copernican Revolution transformed our scientific understanding of the universe. Yet artists have remained stubbornly Ptolemaic – focused on human experience – a limitation that Keats believes must be overcome if we are to rise above our destructively self-centered way of life.

$5 admission; free for students and BMC Museum +Arts Center members.