• Curated Programme
  • e-flux, New York
  • 2018

Performance by George Lewis

e-flux 311 East Broadway New York NY 10002 And live streamed 29 May 2018 This event with live performances by travis and George Lewis creates an encounter with the militant minimalism of avant-garde composer, pianist and vocalist Julius Eastman. This video is part one of responses to The Third Part of the Third Measure, by music scholar George Lewis. Part two a response by artist and performer Travis can be found here. George Lewis is a trombone player, composer, and scholar of international achievement and recognition in jazz and experimental music. Considered a pioneer in computer music, Lewis’s work as an improviser and composer includes electronic and computer music, computer-based installations, and notated and improvisative forms, and is documented on more than 130 recordings. His groundbreaking Voyager performance system was developed in the mid-1980s, and was one of the first systems that had the ability to “listen” to a live performer and create a musical response in real-time. The event is a response to The Third Part of the Third Measure a two-channel video installation that focuses on what Anjalika Sagar and Kodwo Eshun describe as an “experience of watching in the key of listening”, invoking political feelings of defiance and the collective practice of movement building that participates in the global struggles against neoreactionary authoritarianism. The work invites viewers to attend to exemplary ecstatic aesthetics of black radicalism that Eastman himself once described as “full of honour, integrity and boundless courage”. George E. Lewis is the Edwin H. Case Professor of American Music at Columbia University. A Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy, Lewis’s other honors include a MacArthur Fellowship (2002), a Guggenheim Fellowship (2015), a United States Artists Walker Fellowship (2011), an Alpert Award in the Arts (1999), and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts.