No one's really commissioning me. Mary Jane Leach is a composer and freelance writer, currently writing music and theatre criticism for the Albany Times-Union. While homeless, he briefly took refuge in Tompkins Square Park. In OctoberBowerbird, a Philadelphia-based non-profit presented Eastman's "Crazy Nigger" as the first event in a multi-year survey of the composer's work. In a interview with radio host David Garlandrecorded when he was drifting between his mother's and brother's homes, he described himself as in his "last stage.
Therefore I take your name and meditate upon it, but not as much as I should.
At the behest of Foss, Eastman joined the Creative Associates—a "prestigious program in avant-garde classical music" that "carried a stipend but no teaching obligations"  —at SUNY Buffalo 's Center for the Creative and Performing Arts. Eastman's spirituality was combinative; though raised Christian, he had many guides. Eastmaniaas this phenomenon is sometimes known, arrives in Chicago in force this week. Eastman and Gena agreed that public announcements and posters would instead list the event as "New Music for Four Pianos.
During this period Eastman performed extensively as a pianist and vocalist, presenting works by luminaries such as Frederic Rzewski, Pauline Oliveros, and Alvin Lucier.