Posted in music | pictures on April 16, 2012

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Julianna Barwick @ the Guggenheim
Juliana Barwick

Julianna Barwick and Grouper performed at the Guggenheim Museum on Friday (4/13), as part of the three-part live music series, Divine Ricochet, "that accompanies John Chamberlain: Choices, on view through May 13 at the museum." Here are some pictures from the show.

Upcoming performances in the series include Cold Cave and Zola Jesus. To quote the museum:

The series title is borrowed from a 1991 work by the late American sculptor. A lover of music, Chamberlain pushed boundaries as he explored abstraction, rhythm, harmony, and dissonance, providing a vibrant context for contemporary musical experiments in the museum's rotunda. Like Chamberlain's work, the music of Grouper, Julianna Barwick, Cold Cave, and Zola Jesus exemplify the intense push and pull between power and delicacy, structure and abstraction.
Friday's show was laid back, to say the least. To quote Amanda, "Liz Harris aka Grouper came onstage, knelt down in front of her tape deck and assortment of knobs and started fiddling with them. Everyone in the crowd had already sat down on the floor and was watching in reverence" as she made some "interesting/eerie/unearthly sounds. She would switch tapes, scribble things in a notebook, and barely acknowledged the audience." Julianna Barwick, who played first "barely acknowledged the crowd either but sounded magical in there."

Overall the combination of the musical acts, location and John Chamberlain retrospective made for a special event. Check out more pictures, below...

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Comments (12)

Thank god I didn't go.

YTINASNIL LIVES

Posted by Anonymous | April 16, 2012 10:43 AM

liz doesnt play geetar anymore...wtf? glad I didnt go to this

Posted by Anonymous | April 16, 2012 10:44 AM

Wow! well this was a thing.

Posted by Anonymous | April 16, 2012 10:45 AM

Why was this $28?

Posted by Anonymous | April 16, 2012 11:14 AM

maybe i'm a borderline alkie, but as much as i love grouper....i don't know....at some point i'd like to drink something

not to mention the $28 thing is a killer

neon marshmellow, now that was pretty sweet

Posted by Anonymous | April 16, 2012 2:32 PM

It's not that she doesn't play guitar anymore, but her current 'Violet Replacement' tour is all ambient / sound collage stuff.

Posted by Anonymous | April 16, 2012 3:03 PM

it was nice seeing these two play someplace where a ton of people aren't going to talk through their sets...that alone made it worth the door price. Grouper was awesome at Glasslands last year but goddamn did the crowd suck.

Posted by Anonymous | April 16, 2012 10:36 PM

I hope Amanda Hatfield wasn't one of the three asshole, piece of shit "photographers" who were bombarding the crowd at the front with their lackluster ability to actually be a photographer instead of clicking their cameras 500 times every second while standing next to each other. Seriously, whoever is paying those losers needs to fire them immediately. I wanted to decapitate those motherfuckers. Nobody wants to hear three shutter buttons going off at once at an ambient show. Be a real artist and take THE shot.

K?THNX,bye!

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2012 1:24 AM

real trap shit

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2012 4:15 PM

so do they not serve alcohol at these? how do they expect anyone to go? i mean come on?

Posted by Anonymous | April 25, 2012 12:44 PM

The venue is very impressive. The lighting and the building is breath-taking.

Posted by Jay P. Clark | February 6, 2013 7:25 AM

julianna barwic for the win

Posted by jordon | August 3, 2013 2:29 PM

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