Wild Up Announce New Recording of Julius Eastman’s If You’re So Smart, Why Aren’t You Rich?

The Los Angeles music collective Wild Up have announced the third installment of their seven-volume anthology celebrating the work of late composer Julius Eastman. Following 2021’s recording of Femenine and 2022’s Joy Boy, Julius Eastman, Vol. 3: If You’re So Smart, Why Aren’t You Rich? is out June 16 via New Amsterdam. Blood Orange’s Devonté Hynes and Adam Tendler both appear on the new album. Hear their performance of “Evil N—–” below.

Eastman was a queer composer who wasn’t fully appreciated for his avant-garde music until after he died in 1990 at 49. Find the full lineup of who plays on the album below.

Julius Eastman, Vol. 3: If You’re So Smart, Why Aren’t You Rich?:

01 If You’re So Smart, Why Aren’t You Rich?
02 The Moon’s Silent Modulation
03 Evil N—–

Andrew Tholl, violin
Adrianne Pope, violin
Mona Tian, violin
Rachel Iba, violin
Andrew McIntosh, viola
Linnea Powell, viola
Derek Stein, cello
Mia Barcia Colombo, cello
Jonathan Richards, bass
Marlon Martinez, bass
Erin McKibben, flute
Michael Matsuno, flute
Breana Gilcher, oboe
Archie Carey, bassoon
Brian Walsh, saxophones / clarinets
M.A. Tiesenga, saxophones
Shelley Washington, saxophones
Pat Posey, saxophones 
Patrick Shiroishi, saxophones
Amy Sanchez, horn
Danielle Ondarza, horn
Drew Ninmer, trumpet
Jonah Levy, trumpet
Mattie Barbier, trombone
William Roper, tuba / animal bones
Richard Valitutto, piano
Matt Cook, percussion
Sidney Hopson, percussion
Jodie Landau, percussion / voice
Anna Schubert, voice
Laurel Irene, voice
Molly Pease, voice
Chloe Vought, voice
Eliza Bagg, voice
Catherine Brookman, voice
Odeya Nini, voice
Sharon Chohi Kim, voice
Fahad Siadat, voice
Saunder Choi, voice
James Hayden, voice
Scott Graff, voice

Devonté Hynes, piano / leader
Adam Tendler, piano / leader

Christopher Rountree, conductor / artistic director

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