Annual Avant Garde Festival

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The Annual Avant Garde Festival of New York was an annual event that began in 1963 as an open forum for the emerging experimental music scene in New York City. Established in 1963 by cellist and performance artist Charlotte Moorman, the festival ran for 15 years in various locations including Central Park and the Staten Island Ferry until 1980 (except for the years 1970, 1976 and 1979).


Organized by the cellist and performance artist Charlotte Moorman, the Annual Avant Garde Festivals of New York began in 1963 as open forums for the experimental music scene that was emerging out of Fluxus. The inaugural festival was at Judson Hall and featured 28 composers which included John Cage and Morton Feldman.[1]


Notable performers at the Avant Garde Festival of New York included Charlotte Moorman, John Cage, Yoko Ono, Carolee Schneeman, Robert Delford Brown, John Lennon, Alison Knowles, Nam June Paik, Morton Feldman, Dick Higgins, Ray Johnson, Richard Kostelanetz, Bill Fontana, Nicola L amongst others.

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  1. ^ The EAI Archives Online. "Annual Avant Garde Festivals".
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o "Fondazione Bonotto - Fluxus Collection - Annual Avant Garde festivals: 1963-1980". Retrieved November 27, 2013.
  3. ^ Nair, Nandini. "The Second New York Avant Garde Festival". Archived from the original on 2013-12-03. Retrieved 2013-11-27.
  4. ^ a b "Electronic Arts Intermix: 4th & 7th Annual New York Avant Garde Festivals". Retrieved November 27, 2013.