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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 & Andrzej Wasilewski

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 – performed by neo-Sufi vocalist Arooj Aftab – 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, who together with Andrzej Wasilewski will create a new work commissioned especially for the occasion using her “Vox Populi” installation as a starting point. With “Vox Populi”, the artists used Tesla speakers to amplify the voices of inhabitants of an area of the Polish city of Gdansk undergoing intense gentrification, thus coupling the coil’s apparent danger with the energy of protest and unrest. Expanding to a wider European scale, their new work will be sung by two vocalists, each standing on opposite ends of the coil and exchanging lyrics in the form of high voltage electric sparks.     

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

Current Performances
Sat 27.01.2018, 19:00 / HAU1
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.
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.