Julius Eastman - Right thought, right music. Postponed to spring 2021!
So how does the black American composer Julius Eastman fir into the Beethoven Anniversary Year? There are some striking similarities between the two composers; both never held back with their non-conformist ideas, be it in life or art, and both were musical visionaries. Eastman embraced and extended the concept of Minimal Music long before it was en vogue and used many different genres of music, from electronic to disco music, years before "cross over".
1st Concert, 6:00 pm
Crazy Nigger (1978) for ensemble
2nd Concert, 7:30 pm
Colors (1973) for 14 female voices
Macle (1971) for voices
Buddha (1984) for voices
3rd concert, 10:00 pm
Femenine (1974) for ensemble
The titles of the "Nigger Series," which includes the composition "Crazy Nigger", were so controversial that they were suppressed at a 1980 performance at Northwestern University.
The premiere was staged with four grand pianos, but Eastman always stressed that he could imagine it with entirely different instruments. TRA I TEMPI’s will be a performance of many timbres with flute, clarinet, viola, cello, percussion, piano and voice.
Eastman's music was long lost and he died homeless because of his uncompromising life. Rediscovered sketches and radio recordings, such as Colors, Buddha and Macle, first need to be prepared so that they can be performed.
In "Colors", the voices are grouped according to the colours of the rainbow, from orange to purple; the black voice remains a singular one. The sketched score of "Colors" was transcribed for TRA I TEMPI by Michael Veltman so that it could be performed.
"Buddha" dates from 1984 and was one of Julius Eastman’s last compositions. It consists of a single sheet of music; in an oval circle; single tones and melody fragments from the highest to the lowest singable pitches; and with an eye looking down from the top left.
"Femenine" is a piece with patterns that Eastman called "organic music". TRA I TEMPI will sink into Femenine's bassline for 69 minutes that the listener will never forget.
€15.00 / Concessions: €9.00
Festival ticket €30.00 / Concessions: €18.00
Group discounts on request
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