Gustavo Dudamel conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic on tour in London
Composer, pianist and singer Julius Eastman was an early adopter of post-minimalism and a vitally important African-American voice in the 70s avant-garde. The provocatively titled Evil Nigger is one of his most important works, with four pianos generating an unrelenting percussive energy.
Eastman's work is in apparently stark contrast with the trance-like vibe of Rzewski’s Attica. But don’t be fooled: beneath upbeat and chirpy melodic patterns lies an equally powerful political punch. Composed in the wake of the 1971 Attica prison uprising, the repeated lyrics ‘Attica is in front of me’ are an inmate’s devastating response to being asked how it felt to be leaving Attica behind following his release.
Finally, Ted Hearne’s Law of Mosaics is inspired by David Shields’s book Reality Hunger: A Manifesto– a patchwork treatise on art and digital culture. Each of the four movements has a distinctive musical voice of its own, drawing on punk, electronic, classical and other diverse influences.