So Percussion & The Joshua Light Show

Jul 13 7:30pm

Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts, 3 Spruce Street
Mixed Media, Music
Co-presented with Pace University
Warning: strobe lights and loud noises

So Percussion and legendary performance visualists The Joshua Light Show collaborate to create a closing event to remember! So Percussion performs works of their own from Amid the Noise, Imaginary City, and Where (we) Live along with special guests Grey Mcmurray (guitar, vocals), Angelica Negron (accordion, toy instruments), Kaoru Watanabe (flute, taiko drum), Cenk Ergun (electronics), Dan Trueman (fiddle), and others.


So Percussion features Eric Beach, Josh Quillen, Adam Sliwinski, and Jason Treuting. So Percussion has commissioned composers, including David Lang, Steve Reich, Steve Mackey, among others. Their projects have included evening-length works at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, as well as a commission by Shen Wei Dance Arts for Manhattan’s Park Avenue Armory. So Percussion has collaborated with Matmos, Dan Deacon, and Wilco’s Glenn Kotche.

So Percussion has been featured at many major US venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. So Percussion received a residency at London’s Barbican Centre, and toured in Western Europe, South America, Russia, and Australia.

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The Joshua Light Show is a collaborative practice of artists improvising with projections to live music. Founded by Joshua White in the Summer of 1967, the project has provided visual support at classic performances by The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Frank Zappa, The Grateful Dead, and The Doors, among others, transforming these concerts into multimodal, dreamlike experiences, which will be forever associated with the sounds of these bands.

Several members of the ensemble have worked with an arsenal of film, slide, and overhead-projection equipment, conjuring up an infinite and breathtaking multiplicity of colors and shapes, including the classic “wet show” of colored oils and dyes.

After a hiatus, White returned to light shows in the early 2000s. Along with a new team of artists, including Alyson Denny, Nick Hallett, Seth Kirby, Ana Matronic, Brock Monroe, Gary Panter, Doug Pope, Nica Ross, Briged Smith, and Bec Stupak, the lightshow has revived this essential practice of improvisation with light.

Founder/Director: Joshua White

Lighting Artists: Alyson Denny, Seth Kirby, Brock Monroe, Ana Matronic, Gary Panter, Doug Pope, Nica Ross, Briged Smith

Music Director and Producer: Nick Hallett

Executive Producer: Thomas O. Kriegsmann/ArKtype

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