Bandcamp stand in solidarity with their LGBT+ users and staff, donating the day’s profits to charity. Frozen Reeds mark the occasion by releasing Eastman's Joy Boy via Bandcamp
On 4 August Frozen Reeds issue the previously unreleased Julius Eastman piece Joy Boy via Bandcamp, with all proceeds being donated to the Transgender Law Center. The release coincides with Bandcamp's charity fundraising day, when 100 per cent of the online store’s cut from sales will be given to the TLC.
Joy Boy follows last year’s release of Femenine which spared a renewed interest in the life and works of the late composer, who became celebrated through dedicated concerts, festivals and performances, as well as a new Otolith Group film The Third Part Of The Third Measure. Both pieces were recorded live on 6 November 1974 at Composers Forum in Albany, The Arts Center at the Academy of the Holy Names.
“I have been sitting on this completely unreleased Julius Eastman piece since preparations for the release of Femenine were underway last year,” states Ian Fenton of Frozen Reeds. “The piece was performed immediately before Femenine at the same concert,” he continues. “It's “named Joy Boy and, like Femenine, is performed by The SEM Ensemble. The two pieces together didn't fit on one CD (just a minute or two too much) and so I made vague plans to release the shorter one later, but nothing really happened and I've gone ahead with other new projects since then.
“So, when I heard about this Bandcamp initiative, the idea of making this piece available popped up once again. It seemed a great way to get the music out there, and promote an excellent cause at the same moment.
“It's already available to pre-order and all proceeds it generates on Friday, both for Bandcamp and ourselves, will be sent to Transgender Law Center. For our part, this also includes any proceeds from pre-orders.”
The fundraiser runs for 24 hours on 4 August starting at midnight (PT). In the UK that's 8am on 4 August.