DJ /rupture announces album as Jace Clayton

The musical Renaissance man releases an album under his own name.

Rather than the diverse array of global music that dominates his work as DJ /rupture, The Julius Eastman Memory Depot re-imagines the works of Julius Eastman, a late composer, pianist, vocalist, and dancer whose work incorporated pop music with minimalism.

According to Pitchfork, Clayton has been performing “Julius Eastman Memorial Dinner,” a piece that reworks three Eastman compositions and adds video and theatrical elements. The album focuses on two Eastman works, ‘Evil Nigger’ and ‘Gay Guerrilla’, and features Clayton’s ‘Callback from the American Society of Eastman Supporters’.

“I interpret the open-ended, irreverent nature of Julius Eastman’s legacy as a call to conversation,” Clayton says via a press release. “Reverence can be a form of forgetting.” The album was recorded with pianists David Friend and Emily Manzo at New York’s Merkin Concert Hall and features Sufi vocalist Arooj Aftab; it is due out on March 26 via New Amsterdam. The cover art, tracklist, and Clayton’s tour dates are below.

Late last year, Clayton made all of his major mixtape releases — plus a clutch of lesser-known sessions and bonus works — available for free through his blog.

The Julius Eastman Memory Depot:
01 Evil Nigger – Part 1
02 Evil Nigger – Part 2
03 Evil Nigger – Part 3
04 Evil Nigger – Part 4
05 Gay Guerrilla – Part 1
06 Gay Guerrilla – Part 2
07 Gay Guerrilla – Part 3
08 Gay Guerrilla – Part 4
09 Gay Guerrilla – Part 5
10 Callback from the American Society of Eastman Supporters

02-02 New York, NY – Ecstatic Music Festival at Kaufman Music Center *
03-08 Cincinnati, OH – Contemporary Arts Center *
04-05-06 Cincinnati, OH – Contemporary Arts Center #
04-25-26 Minneapolis, MN – Liquid Music at the Music Room at SPCO Center #

* as DJ /rupture
# performing Julius Eastman Memorial Dinner



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