Divine Ricochet, Three-Part Music Series at the Guggenheim, Launches April 13



Featuring Grouper and Julianna Barwick, Cold Cave, and Zola Jesus in the Museum Rotunda Accompanying the John Chamberlain Retrospective


Series:                    Divine Ricochet

Dates:                     Friday, April 13: Grouper and Julianna Barwick
                                Friday, April 27: Cold Cave
                                Thursday, May 10: Zola Jesus with JG Thirlwell and the Mivos Quartet

Venue:                    Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
                                1071 Fifth Avenue, New York

Tickets:                   $22 members, $27 nonmembers Limited capacity.
                                Advance online ticket sales only at
                                Grouper and Julianna Barwick tickets on sale March 20
                                for members and March 21 for nonmembers.

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(New York, NY – March 19, 2012) – On April 13, the Guggenheim will introduce Divine Ricochet, a three-part series of live music accompanying the John Chamberlain: Choices retrospective, on view at the museum through May 13, 2012. Produced by Sam Brumbaugh, Special Events Consultant, and Bronwyn Keenan, Director of Special Events, the series takes its thematic cue from the poetic fusion, chaotic riffing, explosive color and sublime assemblage that characterized Chamberlain’s work. The series title Divine Ricochet is borrowed from a 1991 work by Chamberlain and features the artist’s signature use of wordplay. A great lover of music, Chamberlain pushed boundaries as he explored abstraction, rhythm, harmony, and dissonance, providing a vibrant context for contemporary musical experiments in the Guggenheim rotunda.

Divine Ricochet commences with loops and layering of voice by Juliana Barwick and Grouper’s site-specific performance Violet Replacement, comprising long-form ambient pieces on Friday, April 13; followed by the melodic synthscapes and experimental electro-pop of Cold Cave on Friday, April 27; and then by a one-of-a-kind performance of thumping ballads and electronic glitch by the commanding Zola Jesus on Thursday, May 10.

Doors open at 8:30 pm and guests are invited to view the current exhibition John Chamberlain: Choices before the performances, which start at 10 pm in the museum’s famed Frank Lloyd Wright–designed rotunda.

Priced at $27 for nonmembers and $22 for members, tickets are limited and available through advanced online ticket sales only at guggenheim.org/ricochet. Grouper and Julianna Barwick tickets will go sale March 20 for members and March 21 for nonmembers.

Friday, April 13: Grouper and Julianna Barwick
Grouper is the solo project of Portland based musician/artist Liz Harris. Since the release of her recently acclaimed album A/A : Alien Observer (2011), Grouper has scored the Sundance favorite The Perception of Moving Targets, and has been working on projects with both Tiny Vipers and Ninja Tune producer The Bug (Kevin Martin). Grouper's stately chorded songs have been described by Wire magazine as “sounding as if they'd been made against a vast mountainside: voice and instruments-muted piano, spider strummed guitar and growling drone steeped in reverb and delay.” Grouper's site-specific Violet Replacement performance in the Guggenheim rotunda will be naturally resonant and comprise long-form ambient pieces that include tape loops, field recordings, Wurlitzer loops, and submerged atmospherics mixed and processed live from an array of dictaphones and tape players.

Brooklyn-based solo artist Julianna Barwick creates music which is at once orchestral, choral, and meditative, using her voice as an instrument to create soaring, capacious chants and mystical invocations. Barwick has been compared to the likes of Philip Glass, Brian Eno, Panda Bear, Stars Of The Lid, and Cocteau Twins. The musician builds multiple loops and layers off a single refrain, and State magazine described her live performance as composed of “wordless songs with transporting powers” where Barwick “stood alone but sang like a choir of angels.” Barwick will open for Grouper on April 13.

Friday, April 27: Cold Cave
Heirs to the synthpop noir of New Order, Throbbing Gristle, Soft Cell, and Muslimgauze, Cold Cave are an experimental electronic pop group from Philadelphia and New York who make melodic synthscapes with driving beats. Celebrating the contradictory beauty of the human condition, Cold Cave acknowledges the dark roots of synthesizer music as well as its potential for making electronic pop. The songs on their debut album Love Comes Close (2009) have an immediacy that belies thought-provoking titles like The Laurels of Erotomania and The Trees Grew Emotions And Died. In this way they mark the transitional moment when synthesizer music went from a subversive device for sound collagists to a serious commercial force. Live, they are cerebral and savage, yet sweet and seductive.

Thursday, May 10: Zola Jesus with JG Thirlwell and the Mivos Quartet
Nika Danilova, the woman behind Zola Jesus, brings her epic, iconoclastic sound—full of dark evocative beauty—to the Guggenheim rotunda, performing a first time collaboration between Nika and esteemed composer JG Thirlwell. Thirlwell has arranged original compositions penned by Danilova to be performed with the Mivos string quartet. Zola Jesus's classically trained voice is commanding, rich, and silky and her music draws from industrial, classical, electronic, and experimental rock influences. From thumping ballads to electronic glitch, no sound goes unexplored. Building on the success of her highly acclaimed album Conatus (2011), she has recently collaborated with David Lynch, M83, and Orbital. Zola Jesus's live performances have been called “near perfect rainy day music” by the Washington Post and onstage she has been described by the Independent as “the physical depiction of a dove, of delicate deliverance paired with the strength of determination and purpose fixated in her sound.” JG Thirlwell has worked with Nick Cave, Foetus, Manorexia, Bang On a Can, Sonic Youth, Nine Inch Nails, and Kronos Quartet, among others.

About the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation
Founded in 1937, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation is dedicated to promoting the understanding and appreciation of art, primarily of the modern and contemporary periods, through exhibitions, education programs, research initiatives, and publications. Currently the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation owns and operates the Guggenheim Museum on Fifth Avenue in New York and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection on the Grand Canal in Venice, and provides programming and management for the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. The Deutsche Guggenheim in Berlin is the result of a collaboration, begun in 1997, between the Guggenheim Foundation and Deutsche Bank. The Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, a museum of modern and contemporary art designed by Frank Gehry on Saadiyat Island, adjacent to the main island of Abu Dhabi city, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, is currently in progress. More information about the foundation can be found at guggenheim.org.


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March 19, 2012

Samantha Weiss, Media and Public Relations Associate
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