The Multi Story Orchestra: Stay On It by Julius Eastman

25th September 2021

The Multi Story Orchestra: Stay On It by Julius Eastman

About this event

Dive straight into the ‘brazen and brilliant’ world of Julius Eastman in the unusual and intriguing surroundings of a multi-storey car park.

The Multi-Story Orchestra and students from Royal Birmingham Conservatoire join forces to perform a unique version of Eastman’s joyous and punchy Stay on It.

As an openly gay Black man working in the 1970s, the composer often created music that took on radical political viewpoints, shaped by his own experiences of oppression. His music sounds unlike anything else you will have heard.

Stay on It is a semi-improvised piece, meaning that no performance is ever the same – so this will be your one and only chance to hear this version, created by musicians from The Multi-Story Orchestra and RBC.

Musicians will spread across Millennium Point Car Park, before coming together for the whole orchestra perform.

Thank you to Matthew Barley and Fraser Trainer for inventing and developing this unique model. And also thanks to Arts Council England and Paul Hamlyn Foundation for making this event possible.

The Multi Story Orchestra are a community of professional musicians and young people who create extraordinary performances, tell stories and unleash creativity.

Performing in unexpected spaces they bring powerful and meaningful music to life, and believe creating the best art means involving and valuing absolutely everybody. Since their first performance in Peckham ten years ago, they have performed across the country and broadcast the first ever BBC Proms performance in a car park.

Getting to Millennium Point

Millennium Point is in the Eastside of Birmingham City Centre just 5-minutes walk from Moor Street and 15-minutes from Grand Central and the tram. There is also limited parking on-site which means we’re easy to find regardless of how you travel. For more information please click here.


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