Published Dec 04, 2008Marking perhaps the strangest collaboration in recent memory, Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones is set to jam alongside grunge survivors Sonic Youth for a new dance piece. According to reports (such as this one), the unlikely partners are to pair up for a live show next year in New York to perform a work written by mixed-media sound composer Takehisa Kosugi.
Why, you ask? Well, the event is part of 90th birthday bash in honour of choreographer Merce Cunningham, who's seen as one of the dance world's all-time top guys and was a long-time collaborator of John Cage.
The show, dubbed Merce Cunningham At 90, will not mark the first time the choreographer has inspired a new musical partnership, with Radiohead and Sigur Rós collaborating for his Split Sides show in 2003.
The SY/Jones/Kosugi piece will soundtrack a new performance work by the Merce Cunningham Dance Company and will be performed from April 16 to 19 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
In other Sonic Youth news, presumably they are working on their Matador debut, but with all this extracurricular business going on, it's hard to imagine that record coming at us anytime soon.
Sonic Youth "The Diamond Sea"