a John Cage Cookies recipe (seriously), and info on this Sunday’s New Music Bake Sale
by Andrew Frisicano
New Music Bake Sale returns for its fourth year on Sunday, March 11th at Roulette (509 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn). The music runs from 4pm to midnight ($10 for admission and 1 raffle ticket), and you'll be able to buy snacks and other treats from the participating groups. The marathon-style lineup features a number of familiar new music names, and includes Newspeak, TILT Brass, janus, Gutbucket, Face the Music, Sideband and guitarist James Moore and violinist Andie Springer.
It being a bake sale, we asked the organizers if they'd like to share a recipe, and they suggested the below instructions for John Cage Cookies, a hearty confection that's referenced in several places as being one of the composer's favorites. They're also vegan & macrobiotic. Bring some to pass at the next John Cage centenary show.
That recipe, the full Bake Sale lineup and videos of participating groups are below...
Gutbucket "Fuck You and Your Hipster Tie" live at Le Poisson Rouge 2/23/2011
Face the Music performs "Facades" from "GLASSWORKS", by Philip Glass
New Music Bake Sale 2012
Live music every hour on the hour presented by:
Face the Music
James Moore and Andie Springer
Exapno members (Concert Black, The Sweat Lodge, & Joey Molinaro)
American Opera Projects
Beth Morrison Projects
Boston New Music Initiative
Cadillac Moon Ensemble
Ensemble et al
I Care If You Listen
Kate Campbell / Katelyn Halpern
New Music USA
Rhymes with Opera
W4 New Music Collective
John Cage Cookies (photo via greg.org)
John Cage Cookies (courtesy of John King)
(Adapted, said Merce, by John Cage, from a macrobiotic cookbook, and graciously shared by Laura Kuhn, director and co-founder of the John Cage Trust, and loyal friend to Merce and John)
1 cup whole wheat flour (I use whole wheat pastry flour)
1 cup ground almonds
1 cup ground oats (I grind both the almonds and the oats in a food processor)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup almond oil
1 teaspoon vanilla (I use the seeds from the inside of one whole vanilla bean, instead)
1/2 cup pure fruit jam
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
Mix together the dry ingredients, then mix together the wet ingredients. Fold all together. Roll into small balls and place on a cookie sheet. Make a well in the center of each with your thumb, then add a small dollop of pure fruit jam. Bake for 12-14 minutes, or until golden brown, turning the cookie sheet back to front halfway through to ensure even cooking.