Julianna Barwick & Grouper played the Guggenheim (pics)
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Julianna Barwick @ the Guggenheim
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…