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September 2012

The Joshua Light Festival

by Andreas Hager

 

The fall season begins with something completely different: The Joshua Light Show will be at NYU's Skirball Center from September 13-16. Since the 1960s, the group has been creating innovative pieces for display at high-profile musuems, including the Whitney, the Tate, and Centre Pompidou. This weekend they will be using their projections, lumia, and liquid light as the foundation for collaboration with some of the most exciting names in contemporary music: Dame Evelyn Glennie and Zeena Parkins (Thursday at 7:30), Terry Riley and Gyan Riley (Friday at 7:30), John Zorn, Lou Reed, Bill Laswell, and Milford Graves (Friday at 10), Ben Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarden of MGMT (Saturday at 7:30 & 10), as well as Debo Band and Forro in the Dark (Sunday at 7:30).


Steve Reich Complete Quartets Tonight at LPR

One of the most haunting musical compositions in recent memory, Steve Reich's WTC 9/11, will be performed tonight at Le Poisson Rouge by ACME, in a new all-live version for three string quartets. Also on the program are Reich's other two works for string quartet, both masterpieces: Different Trains (1988) and Triple Quartet (1998). And, if you get there early, you can hear WNYC's John Schaefer interview Reich in person. 

Tickets are sold out, but Q2 will be streaming the event live, starting at 7:30 tonight. 


MoMA PS1 Warm Up Closes with Atoms For Peace

Moma ps1 warm up atoms for peace
A wet-but-fun day at the final PS1 Warm Up of the season yesterday, with an overflow crowd drinking and dancing to a strong lineup of DJs (Holy Other, Rustie) and live acts (Maria Minerva). But, to be sure, everyone was there to see headliners Atoms for Peace play a "DJ Set," always a dubious proposition. Who would show up? What would they play?

Imagine my delight, then, when shortly after 7, Thom Yorke took the stage, his trademark vocals soaring over longtime producer Nigel Godrich's electronic tracks. Before long, Yorke himself was behind the laptop, dropping everything from '60s soul to cutting-edge dubstep while the sopping crowd packed onto the small wooden dancefloor, spotted with puddles. In all, the set lasted nearly two hours, with Yorke doing his famous wiggle dance whenever he wasn't spinning, If he'd had his way, I bet he'd have been out in the rain with the rest of us.

More pics on the photo page.