Homage to Julius Eastman: Loraine James x London Contemporary Orchestra

Event Date: Saturday 15 April 2023 - 21:00
Address: Piet Heinkade 1
1019 BR Amsterdam

New York minimal composer Julius Eastman died in 1990, penniless and forgotten. Only in recent years has he finally received the recognition he deserves. As a black gay man, Eastman made his life the subject of his art. The young British producer Loraine James pays a hyper-personal homage to Eastman’s legacy, together with the groundbreaking London Contemporary Orchestra. The project was shown once in the Southbank Center and is now coming to Amsterdam – unique and not to be missed.

Loraine James – not yet born when Eastman died – made her breakthrough during the corona pandemic with quirky and innovative electronic music, often dreamy and contemplative. For this project she chose known and unknown work from Eastman’s oeuvre and molded it into something new. The result was released in October 2022 on the Phantom Limb label: the album Building something beautiful for me is the enchanting fruit of a relationship that cuts across the boundaries of time and space. To emphasize the musical bloodlines, James always mentions Eastman’s original compositions in brackets in her titles.

Saturday, April 15

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