"WW is a psychedelic, sci-fi voyage into the darker recesses of consciousness. With its surrealist use of artifice and doubling, the video combines abstracted imagery with footage of a nameless woman performing a sequence of precisely choreographed gestures. The shifting tableau of cinematic pictures merge with an electronic sound score to create a haunting investigation of the cataclysmic forces that underlie birth and death." Here is an excerpt of the video . . .
Very proud to share this latest episode of #9, which celebrates the life and musical legacy of composer Julius Eastman.
From the Glasstire website:
Julius Eastman was a provocative, outspoken composer active in the 1970s experimental music scene in New York. His titles for his works, including Gay Guerrilla, Evil Nigger, and Crazy Nigger, created an uproar at the time among academic circles and continue to provoke discomfort. His infamous 1975 performance of John Cage's Song Books, in which Eastman undressed a male volunteer onstage and made sexual overtures to him, incensed Cage and created a permanent rift with the elder statesman. Things would go downhill from there for Eastman, who struggled to make ends meet and was eventually evicted from his Lower East Side apartment, losing all his compositions and possessions in the process. As a promising young singer and pianist, Eastman had performed at Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center; but he died in 1990 at the age of 49, homeless and forgotten in Buffalo, NY. Recently, there has been a resurgence of interest in his work, with an exhibition and tribute at the Kitchen in New York earlier this year.
Our host David McGee speaks with composer and self-described "accidental musicologist" Mary Jane Leach, who co-authored the 2015 book Gay Guerrilla (Eastman Studies in Music); and with Houston composer and writer Chris Becker.
Episode #1 of #9 with my friend Houston artist David McGee, a new podcast series I am recording, co-editing and scoring. This episode features a conversation between David, writer and poet Felicia Johnson and cultural anthropologist Stanford Carpenter about the film Black Panther, its impact on black (and white) audiences, and how imagination ferments revolution. Special thanks to Glasstire for allowing us to go off and do something different with a now very familiar format.
Vigil has been selected to screen as part of Art 3's Second Biannual Cube Art Project. The video will be presented as a 750 sq. foot digital public display (with sound) in Lincoln, NE. Opens January 19th with screenings throughout the year.
Vigil features a nameless woman in a black dress slowly crossing an undefined, stark landscape. Extending from her costume, a trail of cloth symbolic of her mourning blows in the wind as the woman moves through a time and space with no beginning or end. Her meditative stillness combines with electronic sound to create an otherworldly visual intensity.
Other upcoming 2018 screenings of videos I scored for Jil include:
Frame & Frequency IV
VisArts, Rockville, MD & PLECTO Galleria, Medellín, Colombia
January 19 – February 18, 2018
Les Rencontres Traverse Vidéo
March 7-18, 2018
WIDOW|GHOSTS (video) & DESERT WIDOW (performance + video)
Cinédanse Ottowa 2018
Arts Court, Canada
April 18-22, 2018
released December 29, 2017
Music by Chris Becker, Vivalda Dula, Tony Maimone, Marcelo V. Robert
Lyrics by Vivalda Dula
Vivalda Dula: Vocals, Percussion
Marcelo V. Robert: Guitar
Tony Maimone: Bass
Chris Becker: All Other Sounds
Vocals, percussion and guitar recorded by Vivalda Dula and Marcelo V. Robert
Bass recorded by Tony Maimone
Mixed and Produced by Chris Becker
Mastered by Tony Maimone
Copyright Chris Becker, Vivalda Dula, Tony Maimone
Publishers: Beckeresque Music (ASCAP) / Vivalda Dula (ASCAP) / Maim One Music (BMI)