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from 10:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m CST I'm sharing a very exciting forthcoming CD from the adventuresome, recently Hurricane Sandy-hit New Amsterdam Records: interdisciplinary artist (aka DJ /rupture) Jace Clayton's The Julius Eastman Memory Depot, to be released on March 26.
Pianists David Friend and Emily Manzo join Clayton's electro-acoustic preparations of two of Eastman's piano works from 1979 and 1980. And Sufi vocalist Arooj Aftab and Clayton create an original work as a three-minute coda.
Eastman (1940-1990) was a Black, openly gay composer, pianist, vocalist, and dancer whose life encompassed a childhood in Ithaca, New York, studies with
Horszowski at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and work with Meredith Monk, Peter Maxwell Davies, and Lukas Foss.
From 1983 he went into a downward cycle of substance dependence and homelessness and his death in Buffalo, New York, of cardiac arrest at 49 in 1990 went unreported for eight months until composer-critic Kyle Gann wrote of it in the Village Voice.
His works and papers were long scattered and composer and colleague Mary Jane Leach set to gathering and recreating as much as possible after Eastman's death.
He is currently touring his Julius Eastman Memorial Dinner to Cincinnati, Ohio, and Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota.
The reimagining's are of Eastman's Evil Nigger (1979) and Gay Guerrilla (c. 1980), both originally (possibly) for 4 pianos.
It's mind-blowing stuff.
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