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Past Event Sound Series: Jace Clayton – The Julius Eastman Memorial Dinner


The Warhol welcomes back Jace Clayton, a.k.a. DJ /rupture, who leads an ensemble work conceived for twin pianos, live electronics, and voice, that brings fresh insight to the artistic legacy of Julius Eastman – the mercurial gay African American composer who mixed canny minimalist innovation with head-on political provocation. The Julius Eastman Memorial Dinner comprises new arrangements and interpretations of a selection of Eastman’s 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.

The Julius Eastman Memorial Dinner has been performed at Bang on a Can Marathon, MoMA PS1 Liquid Music at St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Cincinnati Art Center, University of Texas Austin, REDCAT, and several other venues.

“This is a difficult, self-annihilating temperament to pay proper tribute to. On The Julius Eastman Memory Depot, Jace Clayton—better and more-often known as DJ/rupture —goes about it exactly the right way. . .The result honors the intentions behind Eastman’s trickster spirit to the point that Clayton and Eastman seem very much to be making this music together in real time”

– Jayson Greene, Pitchfork

“A captivating project that constitutes a powerful homage by one bold figure to another.”

– Ron Schepper, Textura

Co-presented with the Carnegie Museum of Art and the Music on the Edge series of the University of
Pittsburgh Department of Music

Additional Information

Parking: The entrance to the Carnegie Museum parking lot is at the corner of Forbes Ave. and Craig St. Parking may also be available on nearby streets or in the park.

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 Official Website Jace Clayton