jace clayton (US)

Jace Clayton is an interdisciplinary artist whose practice has evolved out of his work as a DJ, built around core concerns for how sound, technology use, memory, and public space interact, with an emphasis on the global South. Performing as DJ /rupture, Clayton has toured internationally, DJed in a band with Norah Jones, and was turntable soloist with the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra. Clayton has received a a 2012 Foundation for Contemporary Arts artist grant and a 2013 Creative Capital performing arts grant. 

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 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 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.

Concert Performance: Julius Eastman Memorial Dinner

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. In 2013 New Amsterdam Records released a critically acclaimed album version of the project.

David Friend is dedicated to ensuring the continued relevance of the art of the piano in contemporary culture. As a champion of new and experimental music, he has performed at top venues including Carnegie Hall, Royal Festival Hall (London), and the Reina Sofia Museum (Madrid). Friend has worked with the preeminent composers of our time (Steve Reich, David Lang, Charles Wuorinen). As a soloist, he presents programs that seek to revitalize the experience of a piano recital for the 21st century.

Emily Manzo is a pianist, songwriter and vocalist that Time Out New York considers “a uniquely protean artist who makes several scenes move.” Emily has performed throughout the U.S and Europe in concerts and festivals of chamber music, experimental music and rock music. She has premiered the works of John Luther Adams, Kyle Gann, Susie Ibarra, and Jessica Pavone, among others. Manzo performs regularly as a classical solo and chamber musician, as well as with her group, Christy & Emily. C&E has releases on The Social Registry (US), Big Print (UK) and Klangbad Records.

About Julius Eastman

Julius Eastman (October 27, 1940 – May 28, 1990) was an African-American composer, pianist, vocalist, and dancer. He was among the first musicians to combine minimalist processes with elements of pop music. He often gave his pieces titles with provocative political intent, such as Evil Nigger and Gay Guerrilla. Eastman died alone at the age of 49 in Millard Fillmore Hospital in Buffalo, New York. No public notice was given to his death until an obituary by Kyle Gann appeared in the Village Voice, it was dated January 22, 1991, eight months after Eastman died.