No Exit’s Year of Surreality: Piano Dada with Shuai Wang at Kent State




March 15, 7PM


Kent State University School of Music

1325 Theatre Drive
Kent, Ohio 44242


No Exit invites you to look backwards into the future as they present Piano Dada. The program will feature piano music originally presented at the Festival Dada (in 1920) and Soirée du Coeur à Barbe (in 1923). Many of the pieces that will be included on the program were written by artists associated with the Dadaist movement such as Marcel Duchamp’s Erratum Musical, La Nourrice Americaine (fast and slow) by Francis Picabia and Drie Composities Voor Klavier by Elt Mesens. Also appearing on the program will be an ensemble rendition of Musical Erratum and a new experimental work (à la John Cage) by Luke Rinderknecht inspired by the techniques, ideology and methods of the Dadaist.

Each concert will feature filmic presentations of Tristan Tzara singing The Song of a Dadaist and No Exit performing Hugo Ball’s iconoclastic poem Karawane. The ensemble will also perform a live rendition of a newly created series of sound poems.

In conjunction with Piano Dada, No Exit will create a dadaist/surrealist environment at Heights Arts titled Irrational Objects: Backwards Into the Future. The exhibit will be comprised of art and objects created for the installation in addition to elements of set design. Contributors will include Edwin Wade, Steven Mastroianni ( , Jeremy Paul ( and Timothy Beyer. Irrational Objects: Backwards Into the Future will be open to the public starting on March 15 and will run through May 12. 

As always, No Exit’s concerts are free and open to the public. Adventurous listeners are welcome!

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