EDWARD W. SAID DAYS 2021 at Pierre Boulez Saal

Joined by experimental vocalist and movement artist Elaine Mitchener, students and faculty of the Barenboim-Said Akademie draw on American cultural resistance to counter a late 20th century defined by American geo-political power. Berio writes an elegy to Martin Luther King Jr. in his O King after the civil-rights leader was assassinated in 1968. Lucier charges audiences with his quietly counter-cultural sound installation, I am Sitting in a Room. And Eastman, a forgotten voice of American music marginalized because of his race and sexuality, uses a feminist rendering of Joan of Arc to shout in defiance of concert halls the world over in his Prelude to the Holy Presence of Joan d’Arc and The Holy Presence of Joan d’Arc.

Saturday 02 October, 20:45-20:30
Pierre Boulez Saal – Berlin, Germany

Part of Edward W Said Days 2021


Luciano Berio
King for Voice and Chamber Ensemble

Alvin Lucier
I am Sitting in a Room for Voice and Tape

Julius Eastman
Prelude to The Holy Presence of Joan d’Arc for Voice

Julius Eastman
The Holy Presence of Joan d’Arc for ten Cellos

Duration: c. 1h 15m without intermission


Students of the Barenboim-Said Akademie

Michael Wendeberg

Elaine Mitchener

Gilbert Nouno
Sound Design & Light Design

Jean Kalman
Lighting Design

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