Talks & Events
In Search of Julius Eastman
In Search of Julius Eastman: Panel Discussion
SAT 17 DEC 2016, 3PM, FREE, CLORE STUDIO
A panel discussion reflecting on the life and legacy of American composer and performer Julius Eastman, whose work in the 1970s and 1980s captivated and transgressed the overlapping circles of the New York avant-garde.
The discussion will touch upon themes such as Eastman's place in the rich cultural geographies of downtown New York, his performative reflections on race and sexuality and his remarkable role in the emergence of post-minimalist music.
George Lewis is an American composer and improviser, often considered a key figure in the recent history of experimental music. In the early 1980s he became central to New York's downtown scene, playing with Rhys Chatham whom he succeeded as music director of The Kitchen. As an academic he writes widely on the theory and history of improvisation. In 2015 Lewis contributed the foreword to the first published volume on Julius Eastman. (George Lewis will join us via Skype).
Mary Jane Leach is an American composer whose work has been performed throughout the world in a variety of settings, from concert stage to experimental music forums. In 1995 she was selected for a prestigious grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts, which was established by Jasper Johns and John Cage to support innovative artists in the performing arts. Leach has been instrumental in the rediscovery of Julius Eastman's work since the late 1990s. In 2015 she co-edited the first published volume of essays on Eastman with Renée Levine Packer.
Tim Lawrence is the author of Love Saves the Day: A History of American Dance Music, 1970-79, Hold On to Your Dreams: Arthur Russell and the Downtown Music Scene, 1973-92 and Life and Death on the New York Dance Floor, 1980-83. Since 1999 he has worked at the University of East London, where he teaches, conducts research and is a founding member of the Centre for Cultural Studies Research.
Frederic Rzewski (composer, pianist. Brussels). Rzewski is considered a pioneer of post-minimalism in music, combining elements of jazz and spoken word with muscular and cyclical structures. His 50-year career has also been shaped by a distinctive commitment to expressing radical political themes through musical composition. Julius Eastman was a frequent performer of Rzewski's music in the 1970s.
Booking is essential. Please book online or call 020 7703 6120.