The powerful experimental exploration of African-American pianist and composer Julius Eastman (1940-1990) has been the target of rediscoveries and of further presentations in recent times. After playing with avant-garde SEM Ensemble, with Morton Feldman, John Cage, Pauline Oliveros or Meredith Monk, Eastman started concentrating on his own arrangements. The hypnotic sounds in which Eastman incorporated a variety of improvisational and expressionist elements defied convention and the minimalistic tendencies then established.

Being Afro-descendent and gay, the titles of some of his compositions – “Nigger Faggot”, “Crazy Nigger”, “Gay Guerrilla” and “If You So Smart, Why Aren’t You Rich?” – are publicly and socially aggressive confrontations that in opposition to the pieces themselves they are works of meditation and intellectually stimulating. They speak for themselves when it comes to challenging serious orthodoxies.

The Swiss pianist quartet composed of Duri Collenberg, Lukas Rickli, Philip Bartels and Simone Kellet continues its exploration around the political postminimalist music of Julius Eastman, brought to Portugal for the first time by BoCA.

Kukuruz Quartet will also play the work “Quartet No. 10” of Swiss composer Marcel Zaes.


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