Live Performance
Julius Eastman

Let Sonorities Ring – Julius Eastman

Live Performance

Julius Eastman

Julius Eastman

© Donald W. Burkhardt

Past Dates

16 March, 18:00, SAVVY Contemporary
Live performances

17 to 26 March, SAVVY Contemporary
Exhibition and documentation centre

17 March, 20:00, Haus der Berliner Festspiele

From 17th to 26th of March, the space of SAVVY Contemporary will become a documentation centre dedicated to the oeuvre of Julius Eastman (1940–1990). Archival material including original recordings, video footage and scores will be made available to the public. Live Acts will contribute beats and sounds to the program, widening and imaginatively deepening the perspective on Eastman’s work. “Let Sonorities Ring” is the first chapter in a one-year research project focusing on the life and works of the Afro-American composer, vocalist and performer that will culminate in an exhibition and a “Julius Eastman Festschrift”.

About the live performance

Mwangi Hutter is an artist duo made up of Ingrid Mwangi and Robert Hutter. Since 2005, the two have worked side by side on numerous projects as a merged artistic entity. Working with video, sound, photography, installation, sculpture, painting and performance, they use themselves as the sounding board to reflect on changing societal realities, creating an aesthetics of self-knowledge and interrelationship.

Ingrid Mwangi’s voice and body often appears in their performances. In works like “Drastic” (2014) for example the sole voice of Ingrid Mwangi performs a rich array of uncanny tonalities, that gradually span from emotional moments of laughter and despair to quasi-mimicry of natural and animal sounds, creating a fervent composition. For “Let Sonorities Ring – Julius Eastman” Mwangi Hutter will present “Yes, Own Axis” a work thought as an affirmation of an artist’s inherent creativity and potential. Circular motion, simplicity and repetition are determining factors of the action of the piece, which over time can gain a mesmerizing quality. The subject is to be completely immersed in the present moment and to draw from inspiration, memory and inner knowledge, allowing voice to be expressed. The object is to rise above opinion and concepts of what is acceptable. Through letting go of the narrative and illustrative meaning, a more profound comprehension can be gained about the nature of creation and the impact societal expectations can have on an individual seeking to be free.

Mwangi Hutter
Yes, Own Axis (2017) WP

Conceived by Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung & Berno Odo Polzer
Co-curated by Antonia Alampi, Elena Agudi, Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung & Berno Odo Polzer
Research curator Lynhan Balatbat Helbock

All video credits: S.E.M. Ensemble and Third Eye/CCA Archive, Glasgow
For the research material we would like to thank Mary Jane Leach, the University at Buffalo Music Library and Dustin Hurt for their invaluable support.

Produced by SAVVY Contemporary and MaerzMusik – Festival for Time Issues