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Concert | National Premiere

Piano Interpretations
Kukuruz Quartet

April 27

“Piano Interpretations”

The powerful experimental exploration of African-American pianist and composer Julius Eastman (1940-1990) has been rediscovered and has been increasingly presented in recent times. After playing with the avant-garde SEM Ensemble, with Morton Feldman, John Cage and Pauline Oliveros, or collaborating with Meredith Monk, Eastman began to focus on his own compositions. His hypnotic sounds, in which Eastman incorporated a variety of improvisational and expressionist elements, overturned conventions of established minimalist tendencies.

Afro-descendant and gay, the titles of some of his compositions - “Nigger Fagot”, “Crazy Nigger”, “Gay Guerilla ”and“ If You So Smart, Why Aren't You Rich? ” - they are an aggressive public and social confrontation, contrasting with the works themselves, often meditative and intellectually stimulating. These pieces speak for themselves when it comes to challenging serious orthodoxies. The quartet of Swiss pianists Kukuruz Quartet - composed by Duri Collenberg, Lukas Rickli, Philip Bartels and Simone Kellet - continues its exploration around the post-minimalist political music of Julius Eastman, composer and pianists that BoCA presents for the first time in Portugal.


Kukuruz Quartet will also play the piece “Quartet No.10” by the Swiss composer Marcel Zaes. The KUKURUZ QUARTET, founded in 2014, are Duri Collenberg, Simone Keller, Lukas Rickli, Philip Bartels from Switzerland. “Kukuruz” means corn in several languages, and the German-Swiss expression “Mais machen” (literally ‘making corn’) is synonymous with ‘provoking mischief’. (http://www.kukuruzquartett.ch)

For more information: http://www.bocabienal.org/evento/piano-interpretations/

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