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by Julius Eastman

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Femenine 01:11:13


'The end sounds like the angels opening up heaven... Should we say euphoria?" This is Julius Eastman himself, speaking about Femenine, a piece that remains as a big and slow breathing, with something informal driving the listener to a near-hypnosis state. An experiment.
Femenine (1974)

J. E. (1940-1990)

There was some for John Cage, then came Christian Wolff, and
finally Morton Feldman, from this school in New York. Only Julius
Eastman remained outside the game, the last figure, the most
solitary and enigmatic - undoubtedly also one of the most powerful.
And it is this power that is revealed through these recordings. 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.


released September 1, 2013

Performed by ensemble 0 & Aum Grand Ensemble.
Variable geometry group created in 2004. It interprets the compositions
of its members and pieces by other composers. The group works with
many regular and invited collaborators, being able to change, increase
or reduce its lineup at will according to each project. Ensemble 0 has
now become one of the most significant ensembles of a new sound vision.
For this piece ensemble 0 and Aum Grand Ensemble including this time Melaine Dalibert (piano) - the common element of the two recordings - Sophie Bernado (bassoon), Cyprien Busolini (viola), Jozef Dumoulin (Fender Rodhes, synthesizer), Céline Flamen (cello) Stéphane Garin (percussion, artistic co-direction), Ellen Giacone (voice), Jean-Brice Godet (bass clarinet), Amélie Grould (vibraphone), Alexandre Herer (electronics), Tomoko Katsura (violin), Julien Pontvianne (saxophones, orchestration, artistic co-direction) and Christian Pruvost (trumpet).


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