Julius Eastman’s „Stay On It“ performed at Week-End festival

Ahead of a two day residency at London’s Cafe Oto, Julius Eastman Project shares footage of their debut performance from October 2021

The most recent iteration of Cologne’s Week-End festival in October 2021 opened with a live performance of Julius Eastman’s Stay On It. A newly formed eight-piece ensemble called Julius Eastman Project tackled the 1973 composition, with the festival also adopting the piece’s title as a motto for their first event after Covid-19 social distancing measures were eased. To mark the occasion, Week-End also released a limited edition vinyl album of the original recording of Stay On It, performed by pianist Petr Kotik, violinist Benjamin Hudson and others at SUNY Buffalo, New York in 1973.

Now, as the Julius Eastman Project announces a two day residency at London’s Cafe Oto – where they will perform other compositions by Eastman – they share footage of that Week-End festival performance.

Listen to an exclusive recording of Apartment House with Elaine Mitchener performing Stay On It at the 2016 London Contemporary Music Festival. Wire subscribers can read Philip Clark’s 2006 review of New World Records’ box set of Eastman’s recordings, Unjust Malaise, in The Wire 265 via the online archive.

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