Julius Eastman was a composer, performer, and vocalist remembered primarily for his late 60s/70s piano works and associated to varying degrees with minimalism and post-minimalism. He has collaborated with artists as diverse as Meredith Monk, Petr Kotik (with whom he also founded the S.E.M. Ensemble), and Arthur Russell. Eastman died in relative obscurity in 1990 but the past few years have seen a resurgence of interest in his work. Most recently, his work inspired an album by Jace Clayton (aka DJ/Rupture) in which Clayton processes and manipulates elements of Eastman's "Evil Nigger" and "Gay Guerrilla" pieces to create an entirely new work. Since the early 80s, several works by Eastman have been presented at The Kitchen, most recently including Nights Errant: The Music of Julius Eastman and Lois V Vierk in 2008 and a presentation of his piece "The Holy Presence of Joan d'Arc" performed by ACME in 2016 as part of From Minimalism into Algorithm.
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