Julius Eastman was an American maverick and radical who challenged the exclusionary foundations of European classical music and organized his compositions as tools for social change. Eastman was also an activist who deployed his life experiences as a gay African American as the impetus to question what it means to be American and an artist, and the ideals of United States and western classical music. Wild Up Artistic Director Christopher Rountree launched the ensemble in 2010 with a vision that rejected outdated traditions and threw classical repertoire into the context of pop culture, new music, and performance art.
Wild Up performs the glittering Femenine (1974), part of a multiyear project to perform and record Eastman’s daring, original scores. “Wild Up’s new rendition of Femenine takes a page from Eastman’s personal playbook: It’s exuberant, a bit in your face, sometimes capricious, and always surprising” (NPR Music).
On Sunday, February 11 at 1:30 PM the Stanford New Ensemble, Marisol Montalvo, and Seth Parker Woods will be performing at Dinkelspiel Auditorium in Gay Guerilla: A Hands-On Experience of the Life, Music, and Legacy of Julius Eastman. Click here to learn more.