Stay On It: Music by Julius Eastman

Stay On It: Music by Julius Eastman

THE ROUNDHOUSE | 181 ROUNDHOUSE MEWS (Pacific & Davie) | Google map
Doors at 7:00PM | Concert starts at 7:30PM

Music on Main All-Star Band
Karen Gerbrecht, co-music director, violin;
Vern Griffiths, co-music director, percussion;
Aram Bajakian, guitar; Paolo Bortolussi, flute; Julia Chien, percussion; Dailin Hsieh, zheng; Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa, piano; Zubin Kanga, piano; Cindy Kao, violin; Saina Khaledi, santour; Colin MacDonald, saxophone; Lisa Cay Miller, piano; Julia Ulehla, vocals

Vancouver Youth Choir

Carrie Tennant, artistic director

Single Tickets Pay-What-You-Will | $19-$72


There have been many misfits in classical music, but Julius Eastman stands tall among them.


“What I am trying to achieve is to be what I am to the fullest. Black to the fullest, a musician to the fullest, a homosexual to the fullest.” (Julius Eastman)

There’s a Julius Eastman renaissance happening and you’re invited.

Writing music in New York City’s burgeoning downtown scene in the 1970s and ‘80s, Julius Eastman was a young, black, gay man who criss-crossed musical worlds and provocatively “swerved from critical acclaim to gate-crashing controversy.” (NPR)

Eastman’s music mixes the evergreen politics of his time with bold grooves and enthralling melodies that sound equally fresh. Think Minimalism (like the music of Philip Glass and Steve Reich) combined with joyful improvisation and moments of surprising stillness.

Don’t miss it when the Music on Main All-Star Band and the Vancouver Youth Choir breathe life into “music that commands attention: wild, grand, delirious, demonic.” (The New Yorker)



Julius Eastman
Stay On It


Presented by Music on Main and the Queer Arts Festival.

The Vancouver Youth Choir at the Modulus Festival is generously sponsored by David Cousins. 

Fazioli Grand Piano provided by Showcase Pianos.