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Friday February 17th, 2023 with Heavy Ben
Black History Month: Julius Eastman's "Femenine"

Chance meeting on a chamber collective of accumulation and disintegration While composer Julius Eastman received little critical attention during his lifetime, his contribution to Minimalism and visionary compositions that explored Black and gay identity have finally started to become recognized. Originally recorded in 1974, "Femenine" was only discovered in 2016. Featuring the S.E.M. Ensemble – a group co-founded by Eastman at SUNY Buffalo – this glorious, slow-building piece sounds at times playful and heartrending. Today we're listening to a 2021 performance of "Femenine" by Los Angeles group Wild Up. RIYL: Arthur Russell, Steve Reich, Meredith Monk, Terry Riley, Frederic Rzewski
Wild Up (composed by Julius Eastman) - Julius Eastman Vol. 1: Femenine - New Amsterdam Records - 2021
Interactive CKCU
This is going to be SO COOL...I can feel it comin' on...

3:05 PM, February 17th, 2023
"Femenine" is a Brilliant word...

3:23 PM, February 17th, 2023
Napalm Dan
Finding this joyful but mildly unnerving. Neat piece.

3:38 PM, February 17th, 2023
Enjoying your show.

3:39 PM, February 17th, 2023
VERY COOL!! Julius Eastman piece off the top! As you said stinks of influences from Steve Reich, Terry Riley and the likes. That's a *huge* compliment from me. "Happy aroma" ... like a good lush big-ass stew on a long slow simmer.

3:45 PM, February 17th, 2023
Heavy Ben
Thanks all for tuning in to this chance meeting. I was at the musée des beaux arts en Montréal, immersed in the Jean-Michel Basquiat exhibit. Talk about black history!

11:31 PM, February 17th, 2023
David Dalle
Wonderful to hear more Eastman on CKCU! A favourite of mine. Here's to shameless promotion as well, my 3-part Julius Eastman special from 2019 available on-demand! Julius Eastman Part I: "What I am trying to achieve is to be what I am to the fullest--Black to the fullest, a musician to the fullest, a homosexual to the fullest" Julius Eastman Part II: The Buffalo years 1968-76. Julius Eastman Part III: Julius alone.

3:33 PM, February 23rd, 2023
Ben Armstrong (host)
Hi David, thanks for commenting and for your programs on Julius Eastman. A thoroughgoing series! (I should have linked to your shows... no shame in you doing so)

2:53 AM, February 26th, 2023