Live instrumental music performance. Begins with 10 seconds of black screen, followed by a wave in tracking and sound. A stationary camera is placed at the back of a seated audience with a direct view of an elevated stage. The stage is set with a curtain, bells, toms and chairs. The camera immediately zooms in on a. man speaking in an American accent, standing at the head of the pit of the stage. It becomes apparent there are 4 other musicians besides this man setting up the performance space and waiting for it to begin. There is some rustling of the microphone as set up occurs. A lighting change, a spotlight emerges as the performance begins. The musical piece lasts the duration of most of the footage. The group play marimba, violin, clarinet, piano and tambourine. The footage is filmed in one continuous shot with zooms and pans that focus in on specific performers throughout. The convex curvature of the camera lens partially obscures the bottom part of the screen. Ends with applause from the audience as the camera follows the performers forming a line to take their bows. The footage waves in tracking and cuts.
One of the most intriguing tapes. Regularly referred to in correspondence and Third Eye broadsheets as ‘Morton Feldman’, the ensemble are actually led by Julius Eastman, a black, gay minimalist composer who studied with Feldman and who led a European tour of Creative Associates in 1974. In the 1980s Eastman struggled with addiction which left him homeless and much of his work dispersed and lost. New York composer Mary Jane Leach, who has been gradually retrieving and assembling remaining his works, has pointed out that this recording may be the only existing footage of Eastman playing his own work.