That Which Is Fundamental Concerts

5 - 26 May 2017
Sanctuary of the Rotunda, 4014 Walnut Street, Philadelphia


Julius Eastman singing, November 1, 1970. Photo by Jim Tuttle. Courtesy of Bowerbird.

As part of its multi-part project That Which Is Fundamental, Bowerbird presents a multi-concert retrospective of the late African American composer Julius Eastman. Curated by Dustin Hurt, the concerts will include nine works, most of which have not been heard since their premieres decades ago.

That Which Is Fundamental is the first multi-concert retrospective of Eastman, who was an active composer in the 1970s and 80s, but who died homeless at the age of 49, leaving an incomplete but compelling collection of scores and recordings. Informed by research completed with support from a 2015 Center Discovery grant, Bowerbird will present four concerts highlighting Eastman’s compositional practice accompanied by an exhibition of video works inspired by Eastman’s archival materials.

See below for a full schedule of events.

Stay On It + Femenine, plus Gerry Eastman solo
May 5 at 8 p.m.
Featuring Arcana New Music Ensemble with Christopher McIntyre.

Macle, Thruway, Buddha, plus Moor Mother solo
May 12 at 8 p.m.
Featuring Ekmeles Vocal Ensemble, Eastman Community Choir, and Arcana New Music Ensemble.

Crazy, Evil, Gay
May 19 at 8p.m.
Featuring Joseph Kubera, Dynasty Battles, Michelle Cann, Adam Tendler, and Sonora Guitar Ensemble.

The Holy Presence of Joan d'Arc, plus Devonte Hynes solo
May 26 at 8 p.m.
Featuring Davone Tines, Stanford Thompson, and the Bowerbird Cello Ensemble.