Charlotte Moorman

Within the next few months I’ll be preparing my PhD applications, since my MA is only three terms and my booklust is still in full swing. My first choice right now is NYU, so lately I’ve been revisiting avant-garde artists whom I really love who also made big splashes when they hit NYC. Charlotte Moorman is one of them. Listen below.

Charlotte Moorman


WBAI-FM “Avant Garde Concert III”
Originally broadcast December 12 & 17, 1964. A Recording of the Annual Avant Garde Festival Program of August 30, 1964

From an original announcement card: Avant Garde Concert III. Third in a series of concerts recorded by WBAI this fall at Judson Hall. Cellist Charlotte Moorman is assisted by pianist Nam June Paik and soprano saxophonist Terry Jennings. In the Cage opus she utilizes not only her cello but additional whistles, chains, balloons (for breaking), etc. with recorded supplements such as the Queen Mary’s departure blast and sounds from Big Ben. In Stockhausen’s ‘Plus-Minus’, Miss Moorman is assisted by a full-size robot named Robot Opera, built by Nam June Paik.

Charlotte Moorman interviewed by Harvey Matusow
Interviewed at BBC New York Studios, NYC October 1969
Subject: Avant Garde Arts in NY

Charlotte’s Answering Machine

Duet II by Toshi Ichiyanagi

Charlotte Moorman performance: TV Cello with Nam June Paik (Reflection Press)

Concert for TV Cello and Videotapes, Nam June Paik with Charlotte Moorman, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, 9/82
Performed by Charlotte Moorman with Paul Garrin

Waiting for Commercials by Nam June Paik
Performed by David Behrman and Charlotte Moorman

26’1.1499″ For a String Player by John Cage
Short version from unique lacquer disc

Charlotte Moorman Live at Mills College 3/8/74
Variations on a Theme by Saint-Saens, Nam June Paik


  1. Adèle wrote:

    Oh you’ll love NYU. I never did grad work there, but my undergrad was a ball. I wasn’t too familiar with Charlotte Moorman’s music (other than the “TV Bra for Living Sculpture” thing and Paik) but I just sat here listening to all of these links and I’m so thrilled that you posted this. You’re going to do so well in NYC… (=

  2. Cassandra wrote:

    Hmmmm. Classical technical proficiency, a shamleless worldview, experimental spirit… This Charlotte Moorman reminds me of someone, Starla 😉

  3. Phil wrote:

    Really really cool!