Dustin Hurt

Donald Burkhart / Bowerbird

In a prelude to what could become a full-blown festival, Bowerbird, the experimental music presenter, stages two events on Friday, October 16th and Saturday, October 17th making a case for Julius Eastman, a Curtis Institute-trained, African-American composer who became a fearlessly provocative figure in the 1970s avant-garde. The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns reports.