Julius Eastman: Two Extended Pieces For Four Pianos by Melaine Dalibert, Stephane Ginsburgh, Nicols Horvath & Wilhem Latchoumia on Sub Rosa (the album cover features a brown-tinted black and white photograph of Julius Eastman writing unique musical notation)

Melaine Dalibert, Stephane Ginsburgh, Nicols Horvath & Wilhem Latchoumia - Julius Eastman: Two Extended Pieces For Four Pianos

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In the 1970s and 1980s, Eastman was one of the very few African-Americans to gain recognition in the New York avant-garde music scene. He was politically committed, a figure of queer culture and a solar and solitary poet whose melancholy influenced his genius as well as his tragic destiny: suffering from various addictions, declared missing, actually homeless. During Winter of 1981-82, he got deported from his apartment by the police, who destroyed most of what he owned - including scores and recordings. He was found dead in 1990, on the streets of Buffalo, after years of vagrancy. 
 
Although he remained outside of the establishment of the New York avant-garde scene that included John Cage, Christian Wolff and Morton Feldman, his solitary and enigmatic presence is undoubtedly one of the most powerful, and it is this power that is revealed through these recordings. It is recognised today that these tutelary pieces for four pianos, written in 1979-80, are among the most powerful in contemporary music, their impact almost unparalleled. These new recordings by some of Europe's finest performers, Melaine Dalibert, Stephane Ginsburgh, Nicols Horvath, Wilhem Latchoumia, showcases this incredible work at its most powerful. 

 

TRACKLIST: 

  1. Evil Nigger (1979)  [20:50] 
  2. Crazy Nigger (1980)  [55'10] 

 

 

also available: 
Ensemble 0 - Julius Eastman: Femenine   CD 
Melaine Dalibert, Stephane Ginsburgh, Nicols Horvath & Wilhem Latchoumia - Julius Eastman: Three Extended Pieces For Four Pianos   2CD 

 

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