Minimalism: Julius Eastman

Minimalism is a Spotify playlist with minimalist music.

Julius Eastman was an African-American composer, pianist, vocalist and dancer that lived from 1940 to 1990 in New York. As a singer he is most remembered for his recording of Eight Songs for a Mad King.

Unfortunately most of his work is lost. Toward the end of his life he had an escalating drug problem that got him evicted from his apartment and that’s when most of his scores got lost.

As a composer he wrote mostly minimalism music, often with provoking titles. His most famous works are three pieces for four pianos. Evil Nigger, Crazy Nigger and Gay Guerilla.

Mary Jane Leach performed a research for a total of seven years where she tried to find recordings and scores for Eastman’s work. She have described it on her website, here. One outcome of the research is a triple CD called Julius Eastman: Unjust Malaise.

Enjoy! (Click here to open the playlist in Spotify.)