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"Crazy Nigger:" Amy Knoles Plays Julius Eastman

"Crazy Nigger:" Amy Knoles Plays Julius Eastman
Mon, 09/23/2013 - 7:30pm
Visiting Professionals Series
Fort Worden, JFK Hall
Port Townsend, WA

World Premiere: New music artist Amy Knoles brings her new solo electronic percussion arrangement of composer Julius Eastman's legendary work for four pianos, "Crazy Nigger," with guest choreographer-dancer and MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts Program Director Michael Sakamoto. This is the world premiere of this arrangement. Amy will take it on tour in Europe this fall.

As a gay, African-American performer and composer in the 1970s New York contemporary music scene, Eastman broke cultural boundaries onstage and off. He premiered his seminal trilogy of works for four pianos, "Crazy Nigger," "Evil Nigger," and "Gay Guerrilla," while in residency at Northwestern University in 1980. Joining Amy onstage will be renowned butoh choreographer-dancer and MFAIA-Washington Program Director Michael Sakamoto.

This event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP below.

Bio:
AMY KNOLES is one of Southern California’s leading international new music artists. She tours globally as a soloist performing computer-assisted, live electronic music with electronic percussion controllers and linear/interactive video. Amy received her BFA from the California Institute for the Arts, where she runs the electronic percussion program.

Amy is the Executive Director of the California EAR Unit and also works with Kronos Quartet, the Paul Dresher Ensemble, Collage Dance Theater, the Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group, Ensemble Modern of Frankfurt, Bang On a Can All Stars, and Basso Bongo. Amy has worked with John Cage, Morton Feldman, Frank Zappa, Steve Reich, Quincy Jones, John Adams, and many others. She has recorded nearly 30 CDs of new music and performed for Sony Classics, Echograph, Voyager, New Albion, Nonesuch, New World, CBS, and RCA among others.

Amy has received the UNESCO International Prize for the Performing Arts, The City of Los Angeles COLA Award, and ASCAP Foundation Composer-in-Residence at the Music Center of Los Angeles. Amy has headlined many international venues, including the Sacred Rhythm Festival in Bali and Kyoto, the Audio Art Festival (Krakow), Video Topiques at Les Musees des Strasbourg, Ojai Festival, and Sunshine on Noir (Denmark), and performed at the Helsinki Festival, Spoleto Festival, Sommer Theater Festival-Hamburg, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Yale University, and others.