Elegy | EASTMAN INVOCATIONS by George E Lewis

World Premiere with Elaine Mitchener (voice), Sean Griffin (harp), George Lewis (electronics)
Texts by Julius Eastman and Keorapetse William Kgositsile

SAVVY Contemporary

WE HAVE DELIVERED OURSELVES FROM THE TONAL – Of, with, towards, on Julius Eastman was an exhibition, and a program of performances, concerts and lectures that deliberate around concepts beyond the predominantly Western musicological format of the tonal or harmonic. The project looks at the work of the African American composer, musician and performer beyond the framework of what is today understood as minimalist music, within a larger, always gross and ever-growing understanding of it—i.e. conceptually and geo-contextually. Together with musicians, visual artists, researchers and archivers we aim to explore a non-linear genealogy of Eastman’s practice and his cultural, political and social weight, and situate his work within a broader rhizomatic relation of musical epistemologies and practices.

A project conceived by Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung, Antonia Alampi and Berno Odo Polzer, commissioned and produced by SAVVY Contemporary, co-produced by MaerzMusik – Festival for Time Issues.
The project was funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation.