Julius Eastman – Femenine (2016)

Artist: Julius Eastman
Title: Femenine
Year Of Release: 2016
Label: Frozen Reeds
Genre: Jazz, Avant-Garde, Neo Classical
Quality: 320 kbps
Total Time: 72:37
Total Size: 166 Mb
WebSite: Album Preview

1. Femenine 72:37
This is the première release of Julius Eastman’s Femenine, for chamber ensemble. It is also the work’s only known recording, documenting a 1974 performance by the S.E.M. Ensemble (with the composer on piano) which has lain unheard for decades.
The music of Julius Eastman (1940-90) is enjoying an on-going period of rediscovery. Known best in the past for his work with figures like Peter Maxwell Davies, Arthur Russell and Meredith Monk, today his own formidable compositions draw increasing admiration.
Joyous, insistent, and immersive, Femenine bathes the listener in surges of tonal colour from intertwining winds, piano, violin, pitched percussion, synthesizer and – uniquely – the composer’s own invention of mechanised sleigh bells, which provide the 72-minute piece with its characteristic pulse.

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