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LCMF to present a Julius Eastman special

December’s London Contemporary Music Festival focuses on the works of the late composer and performer

London Contemporary Music Festival has announced the dates for its three day Julius Eastman festival in December. Presenting the first major overview of the American composer, pianist and performer, Apartment House and the composer, singer and improvisor Elaine Mitchener will perform rarely heard Eastman works ranging from the recently unearthed extended piece Femenine (1974) to later compositions such as Buddha (1984). The event will also feature music by Eastman’s contemporaries, John Cage and Arthur Russell among them. Other participants include dancer-choreographers Jamila Johnson-Small & Alexandrina Hemsley and artist Juliana Huxtable.

The festival opens on 15 December with Frederic Rzewski's Coming Together (1971) and Eastman’s Femenine (1974). The following night stages excerpts from John Cage's Song Books (1970), as well as Eastman's Evil Nigger (1979) and Buddha, Johnson-Small & Hemsley's Native Instincts: Psychic Labours 6.0 (2016) and Frederic Rzewski’s De Profundis (1994). The final day presents Arthur Russell's Tower Of Meaning (1983/2016) arranged by Kerry Yong, Eastman's Gay Guerilla (1979) and Stay On It (1973) and a performance from Juliana Huxtable.

The festival runs from 15–18 December at London's Second Home Holland Park. A panel discussion on Eastman’s life and legacy will also take place.