Discover New York City's downtown music scene of the 1970s.
Julius Eastman was an influential composer in the post-minimalism era who died in 1990. Although he was one of the pioneers of the downtown music scene in New York, he left behind very few scores or recordings, but has recently received recognition for his boundary-pushing and often provocative compositions. As a black gay man, Eastman made his life the subject of his art. DE SINGEL commissioned pianist and Eastman expert Daan Vandewalle to conceive a full-evening tribute show to Eastman, featuring flutist Petr Kotik and pianist Joe Kubera - both of whom were friends and colleagues of Eastman in the 1970s - soprano Nardus Williams, countertenor Arturo den Hartog, pianist Djuwa Mroivili, and members of the legendary S.E.M Ensemble from New York. Eastman's greatest hits, such as Evil N*, Gay Guerilla, Joy Boy, and Our Father, will be performed in a unique setting with new cinematic interventions by Collectif Faire-Part, house artists at DE SINGEL.
Musical concept & artistic direction: Daan Vandewalle.
Musical performance: S.E.M. Ensemble (led by Petr Kotik).
Visual concept: Collectif Faire-Part.
Piano's: Djuwa Mroivili, Emi See, Joseph Kubera, Daan Vandewalle.
Soprano: Lieselot De Wilde.
Contratenor: Arturo den Hartog.
Video: Collectif Faire-Part.
Light design: Anne Van Es.