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Marco Fusi / Kukuruz Quartet: Julius Eastman's 'Gay Guerilla'

Feb 20 | Wed |
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Marco Fusi, violin, viola Kukuruz Quartet

Salvatore Sciarrino: Fra se and Capriccio di una corda Giacinto Scelsi: Xnoybis I, II, III John Cage: The ten thousand things Marcel Zaes: Quartet for four electronic metronomes Julius Eastman: Gay Guerilla

Alex Ross on American composer Julius Eastman (1940-1990): "We are thrown into a world that is as much Romantic as minimalist: the harmony thickens incrementally; quiet episodes are juxtaposed with thunderous fortissimos; pentatonic interludes add an angelic sweetness."

Marco Fusi is a violinist/violist, and a passionate advocate for the music of our time. Among many collaborations with emerging and established composers, he has premiered works by Billone, Sciarrino, Eotvos, Cendo and Ferneyhough. Marco has performed with Pierre Boulez, Lorin Maazel, Alan Gilbert, Beat Furrer, David Robertson, and frequently plays with leading contemporary ensembles including Klangforum Wien, MusikFabrik, Meitar Ensemble, Mivos Quartet, Ensemble Linea, Interface (Frankfurt), Phoenix (Basel) and Handwerk (Ko?ln).

The Kukuruz Quartet was founded in 2014 in a corn field - "Kukuruz" means corn in several languages, and the Swiss-German expression "Mais machen" (literally "to make corn") means to stir up mischief. The four pianists were first witnessed making their contribution to a production by musician and director Ruedi Hausermann at the Zurich Schauspielhaus. The quartet was performing on four so-called "well-prepared one-hand pianos", having spent long sessions exploring different preparations and constructions. From the outset, the group has been engaged with classical music, jazz and improvisation. In the same year it was founded, Kukuruz also started its involvement with the works of Julius Eastman. They took Eastman's work on a tour through Switzerland, Germany and Holland, where they performed in concert halls, clubs, bars, and breweries, and made Eastman's pieces accessible to a wide audience.


Presented by The Italian Academy for Advanced Studies, Columbia University 212-854-1623

Venue: Italian Academy, Columbia University

1161 Amsterdam Avenue (just south of 118th Street) Map