The Julius Eastman Memorial Dinner

The Julius Eastman Memorial Dinner

“Jace Clayton, aka DJ/Rupture, is a thoughtful pipeline for music from countless distant and obscure outposts.”
– Jon Pareles, The New York Times

“Seductive, ambiguous, ephemeral, potentially hazardous, Knoles hypnotizes with her sonic beat"
– The Los Angeles Times on Amy Knoles

Conceived for twin pianos, live electronics and voice, this exhilarating sonic exploration led by Jace Clayton, a.k.a. DJ /rupture, brings fresh insight to the artistic legacy of the late Julius Eastman, a mercurial African American composer who mixed canny minimalist innovation with political provocation. The program includes new arrangements of Evil Nigger (1979) and Gay Guerrilla (1980), two of Eastman’s most important piano compositions. Clayton uses his custom designed “Sufi Plug Ins” software to process the pianos of David Friend and Emily Manzo, also interspersing musical vignettes performed by neo-Sufi vocalist Arooj Aftab.

Preceded by a solo electronic-percussion interpretation of Eastman’s Crazy Nigger by Amy Knoles using a system of loops to play the parts of the four players.

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SAT 10/11
8:30 pm

G - General Audience

M - REDCAT Members

ST - Students

CA - CalArts Students/Faculty/Staff