Opening – Julius Eastman
Ensemble Apartment House and others
- Friday, 16 March 2018
- Haus der Berliner Festspiele
Right thought, speech and action are now my main concerns. No other thing is as important or as useful. Right thought, Right speech, Right action, Right music.
MaerzMusik continues its exploration of the complex legacy of Julius Eastman (1940–1990). The Afro-American composer, musician and performer takes centre stage in the multi-part project “We Have Delivered Ourselves from the Tonal – Of, with, towards, on Julius Eastman”, developed by MaerzMusik together with SAVVY Contemporary. The focus lies not solely on rediscovering Eastman’s much-neglected original compositions. Rather, the aim is to conduct a current reading of Eastman – as a multifaceted artist, as a political being, and as a spiritual person – by means of an exhibition, performances, concerts and a symposium.
The opening concert presents German premieres of important Eastman works from the 1970s and 1980s, ranging from solo voice to ten violoncellos, 16 electric guitars and ensemble. An evening rich in intoxicating, postminimalist sonic textures.
Prelude to the Holy Presence of Joan d’Arc
for solo voice (1981) GP
Holy Presence of Joan d’Arc
for 10 cellos (1981) GP
Version for 16 electric guitars by Dustin Hurt (1979/2017) GP
Version for ensemble (1984) GP
for ensemble (1974) GP
Sofia Jernberg voice “Prelude to the Holy Presence of Joan d’Arc”
Mira Abu El Assal, Sophia Bacelar, Ulrike Brand, Arthur Cambreling, Zoé Cartier, Sara Grotzki, Lillia Keyes, Martin Smith, Susanne Szambelan & Anton Lukoszevieze cello “Holy Presence of Joan d’Arc”
Anton Lukoszevieze conductor “Holy Presence of Joan d’Arc”
Arne Braun, Stefan Degel, Morten Duun Aarup, Arno Grußendorf, Roman Klobe, Oren Levanon, Francisco Ramírez Jessen, David Riaño Molina, Sigmund Rygh Seljebø, Maya Shenfeld, Daniil Zverkhanovskyi & Seth Josel electric guitar “Gay Guerrilla”
Fyodor Stepanov, Belal Hammour, Paul Santner, Elias Weber electric bass “Gay Guerrilla”
Seth Josel conductor “Gay Guerrilla”