Picture: Rocio Rodriguez Salceda
Jace Clayton
Picture: Rocio Rodriguez Salceda
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CTM 2018 - Opening concert

Jace Clayton presents “Julius Eastman Memorial Dinner”
Zorka Wollny "Dissent"

CTM 2018 will open with an homage to Julius Eastman, the mercurial gay African American composer who mixed canny minimalist innovation with head-on political provocation.

Conceived for twin pianos, live electronics, and voice, this exhilarating sonic exploration led by Jace Clayton, a.k.a. DJ /rupture, brings fresh insight to Eastman’s artistic legacy. The Julius Eastman Memorial Dinner is built around new arrangements of “Evil Nigger” (1979) and “Gay Guerrilla” (1980), two of Eastman's most important, if rarely performed, piano compositions. As Clayton uses his own custom-designed “Sufi Plug Ins” software to live-process the pianos of David Friend and Emily Manzo, he also intersperses musical vignettes to lend context and nuance to the composer's saga, which was cut short in 1990 at age 49.

Setting the stage for the festival’s opening concert will be multidisciplinary artist and researcher Zorka Wollny. The main focus of her new commissioned work, "Dissent", is the voice – the power and possibilities it offers for expressing needs and having a say in the public debate. This short composition explores a broad range of vocal expression, from powerless whispers to screaming. Fragments of text appear against this backdrop, emerging as single syllables, interrupted words, incomplete slogans, fragments of postulates, manifestos or prayers. The disaffection, stress, and anger over daily abuse related to class, race, and gender differences are released via sighs or screams by the vocalists, who thus attempt to put a dissidence beyond words into a solid musical piece. Led by singers Angela Wingerath and Anna Clementi, the choir consists of: Ada Kowalewski, Anna Münster, Anne-Kerstin Hege, Dace Šteinerte, David Marnuse, Donya Solaimani, Drury Brennan, Evelyn Saylor, Evie Pardoe, Felicitas Schreier, Gizem Akman, Jan Philipp Engelke, Kathy Alberici, Khalil Riahi, Lisa Baeyens, Malgorzata Czubak, Nori Niki, Robert Wimpory, Rosa Gerhards, Seoyoung Won, Teresa Scherhag, and Zuzanna Czajkowska. 

Due to technical reasons, Zorka Wollny’s opening concert performance has been transformed from a musical Tesla coil to a (human-only) vocal piece with 20+ singers and theater.

For the complete CTM Festival programme, please go to: www.ctm-festival.de.

Past dates
January 2018
4h 30min
The CTM 2018 Opening Concert is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media. With kind support of the Polish Institute Berlin.
CTM 2018 — Turmoil is funded by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe, German Federal Cultural Foundation, Capital Cultural Fund, Creative Europe Programme of the European Union, TANZFONDS ERBE – an initiative by the German Federal Cultural Foundation, Initiative Musik, Goethe Institut, Federal Foreign Office.
CTM 2018 is a project by DISK – Initiative Bild & Ton e.V. and DISK / CTM GbR in cooperation with transmediale, Kulturprojekte Berlin, HAU Hebbel am Ufer, and many other partners.