"Evil Nigger": Martin - Schumacher - ter Braak - Zhulali play Julius Eastman

The “evil” black man was a scholar, a highly gifted singer and a tremendously idiosyncratic composer: Julius Eastman (1940-1990) was supported by renowned artists, taught at academies, performed and staged contemporary works and played a part in realising Meredith Monk’s famous “Dolmen Music“. Alas, as a gay African-American, he was never truly embraced by the white world of new music. He fell out with colleagues like John Cage and immersed himself in New York’s underground scene, before finally succumbing to drug addiction. By the time of his death at the age of 50 in 1990, he had been all but forgotten.

Pianist and Folkwang instructor Patricia Martin worked with Eastman personally. Together with her colleagues Mirela Zhulali, Kai Schumacher and Benedikt ter Braak, she performs Eastman’s compositional legacy, which is not only provocative when it comes to the titles: a sort of minimal music beyond the realm of Reich and Riley that makes the desperation and enormous emotional tension of its maker palpable beneath the repetitive surface.

Line-up:
Patricia Martin (p), Kai Schumacher (p), Benedikt ter Braak (p), Mirela Zhulali (p)
Date and time: Sunday, 31st May 2020, 15:50

Pictures by Gela Megrelidze (Patricia Martin), Marvin Böhm (Kai Schumacher), Beyli ter Braak (Benedikt Ter Braak), Oksana Kovaliuk (Mirela Zhulali)

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