Sa, 22nd May
2:35 PM - 3:50 PM

Festivalhalle - ARTE Concert Stream

Line-up

  • Sophie Bernado - bn
  • Cyprien Busolini - vl
  • Frédéric Blondy - p
  • Benoît Delbecq - p
  • Céline Flamen - vc
  • Jozef Dumoulin - synth
  • Anne-Emmanuelle Davy - voc
  • Stéphane Garin - dr, artistic direction
  • Alexandre Herer - elec
  • Jeanne Laroutourou - vib
  • Christian Pruvost - tp
  • Antonin Tri Hoang - sax, synth

‘Femenine’ Julius Eastman, by ensemble 0 and AUM grand ensemble (Fr)

Last year’s performance of very rarely played pieces picked up the audiences’ ears: four pianists performed the two pieces with the provoking titles “Evil Nigger” and “Gay Guerrilla” by Afro-American composer Julius Eastman (1940-1990). Eastman was a unique figure in the American scene. A highly talented singer – he sang numerous world premieres and was part of Meredith Monk’s epic “Dolmen Music” – that did not fit in an academic environment. The openly gay artist broke with many supporters, John Cage among them.

Eastman's music approaches Minimal Music, but the immaculate soundscapes of Reich or Glass are missing a distinctive dimension of Eastman's music: the pain, the tension that hides behind the highly repetitive passages.

The two French ensemble turn Eastman's one-hour score “Femenine” into a hypnotic undertow that seems to define time anew.