American author J.D. Salinger was born on 1 January 2019. In 1951, he published one of the most successful novels ever written: The Catcher in the Rye. This book is about a pubescent teenager named Holden Caulfield who roams around New York. He holds the truth, seeks to experience unique adventures and hates ‘phonies’. The New European Ensemble combines Salinger’s celebrated texts, which will be read aloud in English, with the sounds of New York’s musical underground of the 1950s. Think renowned pieces of music like Edgar Varèse’s Poème Electronique and the reflective piano works by Earl Brown, John Cage, Morton Feldman and Christian Wolff.
Photo by Rob Overmeer