Julius Eastman

Minimal MusicFebruar/März 2022

Concerts in the Kunstbau
with Münchner Philharmoniker, Münchener Kammerorchester and Kukuruz Quartett

The Lenbachhaus hosts a series of concerts in memory of the American composer Julius Eastman (1940–1990). An exponent of minimal music, Eastman mostly wrote for smaller string ensembles and piano quartets. His demanding compositions, which are rarely performed, are imposing examples of the minimalist movement's international character and transcendence of genre boundaries. The concerts at the Lenbachhaus's Kunstbau are meant to complement outstanding works of minimal art in the museum's collection by Dan Flavin, Marcia Hafif, Rosemary Mayer, Robert Morris, Senga Nengudi, Charlotte Posenenske, Richard Serra, and others. Eastman's pieces also stand as an important early testament to the critical engagement with racism and homophobia in our societies.

Curated by Eva Huttenlauch und Matthias Mühling

With the kind support of Förderverein Lenbachhaus e.V.


February 8, 2022, 8 pm
Femenine (1974)

Music for ensemble
Musicians of Münchner Philharmoniker
Piano and direction: Miguel Pérez Iñesta

March 5, 2022, 8 pm
Prologue to The Holy Presence of Joan d'Arc (1981)
The Holy Presence of Jeanne d’Arc (version for strings) (1981)
Buddha (version for strings by Philip Bartels) (1981)

Musicians of Münchener Kammerorchesters

March 11 and 12, 2022, 8 pm each
Fugue no. 7 (1983)
Evil Nigger* (1979)
Gay Guerrilla (1979)

Music for four pianos
with Kukuruz Quartett
Philip Bartels, piano
Duri Collenberg, piano
Simone Keller, piano
Lukas Rickli, piano

*This is the original title of the composer. Julius Eastman deliberately exposed the term as racist, drawing the attention of non-black people in particular to structural racism and verbal violence. We therefore decided to write out Eastman's original title in the context of the performance of his works.

Additional concert as part of the International Weeks Against Racism on
March 14, 2022, 8 pm

Sofia Jernberg, vocals
Simone Keller, piano

Julia Amanda Perry (1924–1979), Prelude (1962)
Julius Eastman (1940–1990), Prelude to the Holy Presence of Joan d’Arc (1981)
Julius Eastman, Piano 2 (1986)
Sofia Jernberg (*1983), Improvisation (2022)
Arnold Schönberg (1874–1951), Die Kreuze (1912)
Jessie Marino (*1984), Slender Threads (2020)
Julius Eastman, Buddha (1984)
Irene Higginbotham (1918–1988), Good morning heartache (1945)


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