Press Releases : 2017/08

Concert by Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival at OCA

Published 2017/08/30

Julius Eastman. Photo: Andrew Roth


A presentation of Femenine by Julius Eastman at OCA with Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival Performed by Apartment House

Thursday, 14 September 2017, 19:00*

Office for Contemporary Art Norway 

Nedre Gate 7
0551 Oslo

OCA has the pleasure of announcing a concert at OCA as part of the Ultima festival, featuring a rarely performed piece by the once forgotten and currently celebrated pioneer of minimalist music Julius Eastman. Femenine (1974), which was performed only a handful of times during Eastman’s life, almost did not survive its own creator. A complete performance score does not exist, since so often Eastman’s players improvised under his supervision.

An early recording and an incomplete performance score, coupled with inventiveness, are the guiding principles to the memories and descriptions of Femenine which will be reconstructed by the British group Apartment House at OCA. This is the second concert of Julius Eastman’s music at this year’s Ultima festival, where one of the great enigmatic works of 20th-century music will be performed. On the night before, that of 13 September, Jace Clayton’s Julius Eastman Memorial Dinner will be held at the Kulturkirken Jakob.

Formed by the cellist Anton Lukoszevieze in 1995, Apartment House has established itself as the leading British exponent of avant-garde and experimental music from around the world. Apartment House’s repertoire stems from the hard-core European avant-garde, embracing radical elements of experimental music for creating a wide range of acoustic and theatrical situations.

For media enquiries related to Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival, please contact the Head of Information Cathrine Nysæther.

* Tickets may be purchased through Ticketmaster. A limited number of tickets are available through OCA on a first come, first served basis. To request a complimentary ticket (individual requests only) send an email to Tara Hassel.

About Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music
The largest and one of the leading contemporary music festivals in the Nordic region, the Ultima festival aims to promote artistic distinctiveness, trends and innovation to make music of a high artistic standard accessible to everyone. The festival takes place during September every year and is staged at venues across the city of Oslo, including large, established venues, like the Norwegian National Opera & Ballet, the Oslo Concert Hall and the University of Oslo’s Great Hall in addition to clubs, shops, industrial spaces, museums, schools and outdoor spaces.

About the Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA)
The Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA) is a non-profit foundation created in 2001 by the Norwegian Ministries of Culture and of Foreign Affairs. Its principle aim is to foster dialogue between art practitioners in Norway and the international arts scene, and to support artists and cultural practitioners based in Norway in their activities around the world. To this end, OCA’s discursive, exhibition, publication, residency (in Oslo and internationally) and visitor research programmes focus on bringing the plurality of practices and histories at the forefront of international artistic debates to Norway, and promoting active participation in such debates nationally and internationally. OCA has been responsible for Norway’s contribution to the visual arts section of the Venice Biennale since 2001.