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February 17, 2012                                                                                              626.685.4455
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Musical Duet with a Sculpture: Violinist Shalini Vijayan 

and Sculptor Mineko Grimmer featured in Southwest Chamber Music John Cage Festival  


Sculptor Mineko Grimmer who collaborated with John Cage
Sculptor Mineko Grimmer collaborated with John Cage.
Violinist Shalini Vijayan
Los Angeles, CA - Sculptor Mineko Grimmer and Southwest violinist Shalini Vijayan open Cage 2012, Southwest Chamber Music's festival celebrating the centennial of composer John Cage.  In its first performance since 1993, One-6 and One-10 will be will be performed March 3 at 8 p.m. and repeated March 4 at 5 p.m. at the Japanese American National Museum in Little Toyko. 


Mineko Grimmer and John Cage developed an artistic partnership, creating the two works for violin and her unique sound sculpture.  This performance brings back the sculpture which is used as a musical instrument in duets with Southwest violinist Shalini Vijayan.  Grimmer and Cage first presented One-6 in live performance at UCSD in 1991, and it was last performed with the premiere of One-10 in 1993 at LA's MOCA.  The sculpture will be on view only during the performances March 3 and 4. Mineko Grimmer will be present at these performances. 


When we separate music from life we get art. --John Cage 


Shalini Vijayan is featured regularly with Southwest Chamber Music and can be heard on their Complete Chamber Works of Carlos Chávez, Vol. 3 and the Encounters CD of William Kraft. 


Cage 2012 takes place March 3 through March 24 at various locations in Los Angeles and Pasadena. Grammy Award-winning Southwest Chamber Music has performed and recorded the music of John Cage consistently throughout it's twenty-five year history. In its Cage Festival alone, begun in 2010, it has performed 31 works, three of which have been repeated with different instrumentations.  


For information and ticket purchase visit the Southwest web site, or call (800) 726-7147. 

 Concert Information and Listing 


Southwest Chamber Music 25th Anniversary Season

John Cage color
John Cage


Tickets: $38 general admission, $28 seniors over 65, and 

$10 students with full-time I.D.


For tickets or information: 1.800.726.7147 or  


CAGE 2012

Saturday, March 3 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, March 4 at 5 p.m. 




With Shalini Vijayan, violin and audio-kinetic sound sculptures by Mineko Grimmer 


The festival continues ...

Saturday, March 10 at 8 p.m. 

Atlas Eclipticalis

Variations IV

4'33" (no. 2) (0'00")

With the Southwest musicians and guests. 

Join us for a post-concert discussion and reception with the artists


Sunday, March 11 at 5 p.m.
Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena 


Music for Carillon No. 5 

Radio Music
Etudes Boreales I - IV
With Lynn Vartan, percussion and Peter Jacobson, cello

Saturday, March 24 at 8 p.m.
The Colburn School, Los Angeles  


Lecture on the Weather (with film)
Score (40 Drawings by Thoreau) & 23 Parts: Twelve Haiku followed by a Recording of the Dawn             at Stony Point, New York, August 6, 1974
With a cast of 12 speakers and 23 musicians


 Cage 2012 is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts American Masters program, The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, and E. Randol and Pamela Schoenberg.

Location, Parking and Tickets


Concerts will take place at the following locations:

Japanese American National Museum , 369 East First Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Art Center College of Design, 1700 Lida Street, Pasadena, CA 91103
Pacific Asia Museum, 46 N. Los Robles Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101
The Colburn School, 200 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012


Parking is available adjacent to each of the above locations.


$38 General Admission, $28 Seniors over 65, and $10 Student Rush tickets (with full-time ID) are available on the day of the concert only.


For more information, 

or call 1-800-726-7147 
(please use this number in all published materials).

Huntington Group Photo compressedPerformers for Southwest Chamber Music's 25th Anniversary Season include: Alison Bjorkedal, harp; Jim Foschia, clarinet; Lorenz Gamma, violin; Peter Jacobson, cello; Larry Kaplan, flute; Tom Peters, double bass; Ming Tsu, piano; Lynn Vartan, percussion; Shalini Vijayan, violin; Jeff von der Schmidt, conductor. 

For biographies on the performers, please visit

Southwest Chamber Music

638 E. Colorado Blvd., Suite 201

Pasadena, CA 91101-2006