Published Feb 18, 2014Have you ever wanted to watch Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan perform a eight-hour-long ambient set in a teashop? We're willing to bet the the answer is "no," but that isn't stopping him from doing just that.
The improvised performance will take place on February 28. Corgan won't be playing at any old teahouse; he'll be at his own Madame ZuZu's Teahouse in Chicago.
But wait, it gets even weirder: the performance is based on the the 1922 novel Siddhartha by German author Hermann Hesse. The book is about spirituality and Buddhism, which are subjects that Corgan has a particular interest in, although we're not quite sure how that will translate into an ambient soundscape.
Read Corgan's full statement on the gig below via Facebook:
On 2//28 I'll be doing a show at Madame ZuZu's Teahouse; start time noon, and due to nature of performance it'll last 8-9 hours. So see http://MadameZuzus.com in coming days for details on seating and admissions. As with all our events there is no charge. Performance will be centered around an ambient/musical interpretation of Hermann Hesse's Siddhartha; built by modular synthesis, on the fly. Readings of the text to go hand in hand with whatever is created; + the first @Hexistential poster, and event t-shirts too. Hope to see you there.