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New Book about Creative Associate Julius Eastman

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Multi-talented UB Creative Associate (1969-1975) and former music department faculty member Julius Eastman (1940-1990) is the subject of a new book, Gay Guerrilla: Julius Eastman and His Music (University of Rochester Press, 2015) co-edited by Renée Levine-Packer (Coordinator and Managing director of the Center of the Creative and Performing Arts 1965-1978 and author of This Life of Sounds: Evenings for New Music in Buffalo) and Mary Jane Leach. The text includes chapters by both editors, David Borden, R. Nemo Hill, Kyle Gann, John Patrick Thomas, Ryan Dohoney, Andrew Hanson-Dvoracek, Matthew Mendez, and Luciano Chessa.

Julius Eastman

Julius Eastman rehearsing Peter Maxwell Davies’s Eight Songs for a Mad King, Nov. 1 1970
Photograph by Jim Tuttle

Eastman was perhaps best known for his vivid performances of Peter Maxwell Davies’s Eight Songs for a Mad King. His performance with the Fires of London under the direction of the composer has remained in print since its release in 1971. However, there were no commercial recordings available of Eastman’s own compositions until Paul Tai and Mary Jane Leach produced the 3-CD compilation Unjust Malaise for New World Records in 2005 (including two archival recordings from the University at Buffalo Music Library).

The new book provides the most exhaustive examination to date of the many facets of Eastman’s life and career. Congratulations to Mary Jane and Renée on their collaborative effort to keep the legacy of Julius Eastman alive for a new generation of listeners, performers, and researchers.

Passings of Allen Sigel and Eberhard Blum

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Allen Sigel

Allen Sigel

Former faculty member Allen Sigel passed away March 15 2013. Mr. Sigel began service on the Music Department faculty in 1953 as a part-time instructor. He joined the faculty full time in 1960 when he retired from his position as principal clarinetist of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. He retired from the faculty in 1992. Mr. Sigel was a composer and author in addition to being a clarinetist.  He wrote three pedagogical works for clarinet: Clarinet Articulation, Clarinet Masterwork Etudes: Mastering the Masterworks, and Twentieth Century Clarinetist.

The Music Library holds the Allen Sigel Collection of Scores, 1946-1998 which contains approximately 27 compositions by Allen Sigel. Many of them exist in multiple versions. There are also ten works by other composers in arrangements by Sigel. A description of the collection is available online at:

Eberhard Blum

Eberhard Blum

Eberhard Blum was a Creative Associate at the Center of the Creative and Performing Arts 1973-1976, and 1978-1979. Eberhard passed away March 5 2013 in Berlin. Mr. Blum was an extraordinary flutist who devoted his career to bringing contemporary music to an international audience. Throughout his career Eberhard Blum explored ways in which visual, musical, theater, and language arts could interact. He was well-known for his performances of difficult text works such as Kurt Schwitters Ursonate and a German translation of John Cage’s 45’ for Speaker. Eberhard Blum was also productive as a graphic artist. A few examples of his visual art are contained within his memoir, Choice & Chance: Bilder Und Berichte Aus Meinem Leben Als Musiker. In addition to the memoir, the Music Library also holds more than two dozen recordings by Eberhard Blum, including the 2012 release of a live performance June 12 2000 at June in Buffalo of Morton Feldman’s Crippled Symmetry with Nils Vigeland and Jan Williams.