Sound + Vision: The Julius Eastman Memorial Dinner by Jace Clayton
Friday, March 7, 2014 - 7:30pm
Free and Open to the Public
Sound + Vision presents experiments in sound, video, and performance. Designed in collaboration with contemporary artists, each program provides multisensory experiences through the pairing of visual art and non-traditional media.
Sound + Vision proudly welcomes Jace Clayton’s The Julius Eastman Memorial Dinner to Texas Performing Arts’ McCullough Theatre. Inspired by the late Julius Eastman’s powerful and rarely performed oeuvre, Clayton creates a work that restages two Eastman compositions in new arrangements. Interspersed with short theatrical vignettes and original material, JEMD is a 70-minute performance piece for grand pianos, live electronics, and vocal elements that focuses on the music and life of Julius Eastman (1940-1990), a gay African-American composer, pianist, and vocalist whose works were both hypnotic and confrontational.
PERFORMERS: Jace Clayton, concept, arrangement, electronics; David Friend, piano; Emily Manzo, piano; Arooj Aftab, vocals
Jace Clayton is an interdisciplinary artist living in Brooklyn whose practice explores the intersections of sound, technology, memory, and public space. Performing as DJ /rupture, Clayton has toured internationally, DJ’d in a band with Norah Jones, and was the turntable soloist with the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra. He received a 2012 Foundation for Contemporary Arts artist grant and a 2013 Creative Capital performing arts grant.
Sound + Vision is presented in collaboration with Texas Performing Arts and The Church of the Friendly Ghost, an Austin-based organization dedicated to creative music, future-minded expressions, sound, new media art, and counter-culture arts community.