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How is dripping water into a vessel a musical performance? Or the release of a butterfly into a space? Or washing one’s face?

These three events are all proposed in scores created by Fluxus artists, an international, anti-art community of composers, poets, visual artists, and performers dedicated to testing and blurring the line between art and life. These three performances are also just some of the many Fluxus scores being enacted as part of the LA Philharmonic’s season-long Fluxus Festival, organized in collaboration with the Getty Research Institute.

As the Fluxus Festival draws to a close, conductor and composer Christopher Rountree, who curated the festival, and GRI curator Nancy Perloff discuss evocative scores by John Cage, La Monte Young, Ben Patterson, George Brecht, and others.

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Performance of Ben Patterson’s Instruction No. 2 (Please Wash Your Face) at the Getty Center. Photo: Ian Byers-Gamber for the LA Phil.

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Music Credits
“Music Walk (for 1 or more pianists who also play radios and produce auxiliary sounds by singing or any other means)” by John Cage. From the sound recording Music From the Tudorfest, New World Records #80762-2 Ⓟ & © 2014, Anthology of Recorded Music, Inc. Used by permission
“Violin Strobe” by Henry Flynt. On Hillbilly Tape Music
“1698 to Henry Flynt” (1960), Copyright © La Monte Young
“The Dharma at Big Sur – Sri Moonshine and A New Day.” Music written by John Adams and licensed with permission from Hendon Music. (P) 2006 Nonesuch Records, Inc., Produced Under License From Nonesuch Records, Inc. ISRC: USNO10600825 & USNO10600824

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