Divine Ricochet: A Guggenheim Music Series
A Guggenheim Music Series
Friday, April 13
Grouper and Julianna Barwick
Friday, April 27
Thursday, May 10
Jesus with JG Thirlwell and
The three-part series of live music that accompanies John Chamberlain: Choices, on view through May 13 at the
Guggenheim Museum, Divine Ricochet takes its thematic cue from the
poetic fusion, chaotic riffing, explosive color
assemblage that characterized Chamberlain’s work.
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.
8:30 pm: Doors open with a private viewing of John Chamberlain: Choices
10 pm: Performances begin
$22 Current Guggenheim members
$27 Individual nonmembers
Zola Jesus with JG Thirlwell and the Mivos QuartetThursday, May 10
Nika Danilova, the woman behind
Zola Jesus, brings her epic,
iconoclastic sound—full of dark
evocative beauty—to the rotunda,
performing a first time
collaboration between Nika and esteemed composer
Thirlwell has arranged original compositions penned by
Danilova to be
performed with the Mivos string quartet. Zola Jesus's
trained voice is commanding, rich, and silky and her music
industrial, classical, electronic, and experimental rock
From thumping ballads to electronic glitch, no sound goes
Building on the success of her highly acclaimed 2011 album Conatus (Sacred Bone), she has recently collaborated with
Lynch, M83, and Orbital. Zola Jesus's live performances have been
"near perfect rainy day
Post) and onstage she has been
as "the physical
of a dove, of delicate deliverance paired with the strength of
determination and purpose fixated in her sound"
Thirlwell has worked with
Nick Cave, Foetus, Manorexia, The Venture Bros, Bang On a
Youth, Nine Inch Nails, and Kronos Quartet, among others.
Tickets are no longer available online. A limited number will be available at the door, credit card only.
Cold CaveFriday, April 27
synthpop noir of New Order, Throbbing Gristle, Soft Cell, and
Cave are an experimental electronic pop group from
Philadelphia and New York
City who make melodic synthscapes with
driving beats. They acknowledge the dark
roots of synthesizer music
as well as its potential for making the brightest
pop with their hard
songs celebrating the contradictory beauty of the human
Cold Cave strives for balance, between the ugly and the beautiful,
rupture and rapture. The songs on their debut album Love Comes Close
have an immediacy that
belies thought-provoking titles like The
Laurels of Erotomania and The
Grew Emotions And Died.
In this way they mark that transitional moment when
music went from a subversive device for sound collagists to a
commercial force. Live, they are cerebral and savage, yet sweet and
GrouperFriday, April 13
Grouper is the solo project of Portland based musician/artist Liz Harris. Since the release of her recently acclaimed album A/A: Alien Observer, Grouper has scored the Sundance favoriteThe Perception of Moving Targets, and has been working on projects with both Tiny Vipers and Ninja Tune producer The Bug (aka Kevin Martin). Grouper's stately chorded songs have been described 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 rotunda will be comprised of long-form ambient pieces—tape loops, field recordings, Wurlitzer loops, and submerged atmospherics mixed and processed live from an array of dictaphones and tape players. The performance will be naturally resonant and customized for the space.
Julianna BarwickFriday, April 13
Opening for Grouper, Brooklyn-based solo
Julianna Barwick creates music which is at once orchestral, choral and
using her voice as an instrument to create soaring, capacious
and mystical invocations. Julianna has been compared to the likes of
Glass, Brian Eno,
Panda Bear, Stars of the Lid, and Cocteau
Building multiple loops and
layers off on a single refrain,
live performances are totally captivating,
moving and a gorgeous
for the rotunda. Slate described a recent performance as "wordless songs with
powers," where "Julianna
stood alone but sang like a
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