Staging Eastman – performances ft Elaine Mitchener and Anton Lukoszevieze

Saturday 19 February 2022
5:00pm - 6:15pm
Off campus
Concerts and performances
General public

Elaine Mitchener and Anton Lukoszevieze lead an ensemble from the University of Leeds in a programme of musical performance celebrating the radical Black composers Julius Eastman and Ben Patterson.

The posthumous reclamation of Julius Eastman and Ben Patterson marks a vital and urgent reconsideration of the American experimental music and arts scene through the work of two of its leading Black members. The avant-garde has been misleadingly painted white – this event is part of a movement to celebrate its full coloured and musical range.

Patterson was a pioneering member of the Fluxus movement whose works insist - often playfully, gesturally and with a subversive edge – on activating sounds and silences through improvisation by teasing material forces. His music was a performance art before Performance Art was institutionalised.

Eastman was a virtuoso singer pianist, and composer, pushing minimalism into unheard zones such as disco and a spirituality distinct from that of Pärt and Gorecki.

For this programme, taking place in the Howard Assembly Room in Leeds, two world-class musicians celebrated for their performances of this music will be our guide, leading a specially-created ensemble to present three exemplary works.

This event forms part of the Sadler Seminar Series Tunings of the World. The project this performance contributes to and develops is one whose constitutive inter-disciplinarity is designed to open this conversation to many. At the same time, it reminds us all that attuning to a discipline often involves listening to what it only struggles to give voice to.


  • Benjamin Patterson, Duo for Voice and String Instrument
  • Julius Eastman, JoyBoy
  • Julius Eastman, Stay On It

More information

More information about the event, including how you can book your free place, can be found on the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies website.