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Julius Eastman (1940-1990)
« on: September 20, 2020, 07:46:24 AM »
What better way to inaugurate a thread on Julius Eastman than with a livestreamed concert, coming up in about an hour. New music group Apartment House will perform Femenine and Joy Boy. (Archived concert will be available for 30 days after.)

https://wigmore-hall.org.uk/whats-on/apartment-house-202009201930

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Re: Julius Eastman (1940-1990)
« Reply #1 on: September 20, 2020, 08:07:34 AM »
never heard of him, but looking at some of his 'titles' I think I'll pass
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Re: Julius Eastman (1940-1990)
« Reply #2 on: September 20, 2020, 08:45:28 AM »
Here's an excellent introduction to Eastman from 2017 by Alex Ross of The New Yorker:

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/01/23/julius-eastmans-guerrilla-minimalism

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Re: Julius Eastman (1940-1990)
« Reply #3 on: September 20, 2020, 10:12:26 AM »
What better way to inaugurate a thread on Julius Eastman than with a livestreamed concert, coming up in about an hour. New music group Apartment House will perform Femenine and Joy Boy. (Archived concert will be available for 30 days after.)

https://wigmore-hall.org.uk/whats-on/apartment-house-202009201930

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There's a thread I created on queer music where he comes up quite a bit. It's ironic to see him being played at The Wigmore Hall, which is one of the most gay and the least queer place in London. I first got to know him at a big retrospective at Cafe Oto a few years ago. Some of his music has a sort of heartfelt honesty which makes it sound a bit special.
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Re: Julius Eastman (1940-1990)
« Reply #4 on: September 20, 2020, 11:21:02 AM »
There's a thread I created on queer music where he comes up quite a bit. It's ironic to see him being played at The Wigmore Hall, which is one of the most gay and the least queer place in London. I first got to know him at a big retrospective at Cafe Oto a few years ago. Some of his music has a sort of heartfelt honesty which makes it sound a bit special.

Yes, did see that other thread and the mentions! Based on the few works I have heard, he deserves wide exposure. (I'm a little late to this party.)

This afternoon was epic. Also my first encounter with the new music ensemble Apartment House, and they were formidable. Simon Limbrick, the percussionist, was the anchor in Femenine (1974), with a vibraphone motif repeated, Bolero-like, for 72 minutes.

The concert will be available for 30 days on the Wigmore Hall site:

https://wigmore-hall.org.uk/whats-on/apartment-house-202009201930

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Re: Julius Eastman (1940-1990)
« Reply #5 on: October 17, 2020, 09:10:47 AM »
Another Eastman work, Macle (1971) is enormously entertaining, as done by the virtuoso vocal ensemble, ekmeles. It's available for a week on the group's website, below, and comes at the end of this most enjoyable concert.

Kaija SaariahoFrom the Grammar of Dreams (1988)
John CageLitany for the Whale (1980)
Agata ZubelAlphabet of the Ars Brevis (2016)
Julius EastmanMacle (1970-71)

http://ekmeles.com/stream.html

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Re: Julius Eastman (1940-1990)
« Reply #6 on: October 17, 2020, 11:17:14 PM »
The Holy Presence of Joan d'Arc for 10 cellos is an amazing piece. Kudos to cellist Clarice Jensen, because it would never be performed had she not transcribed the whole thing for publication from an archival recording.

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Re: Julius Eastman (1940-1990)
« Reply #7 on: October 21, 2020, 06:07:48 AM »
The Holy Presence of Joan d'Arc for 10 cellos is an amazing piece. Kudos to cellist Clarice Jensen, because it would never be performed had she not transcribed the whole thing for publication from an archival recording.

Thanks, glad to know about this! (I have only begun to explore Eastman's output.)

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