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Note: There is no museum access during this after-hours program. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Perhacs and Holter will perform together in a single set. Please arrive promptly by 8:00 p.m. Additional performance on April 19, 2015.
The legendary Joshua Light Show returns to the Exploratorium’s Kanbar Forum to improvise an immersive, otherworldly environment of light in collaboration with acclaimed musicians Julia Holter and Linda Perhacs.
Combining classic analog methods such as liquid light, overhead projection, and reflection with digital imaging techniques, these seminal artists create visually striking cinema that harmonizes with Holter and Perhacs’ ethereal blend of psych-folk, alt-classical, and electronics-inflected art pop to achieve a deeply synesthetic experience.
About Joshua Light Show:
Trained by the pioneering Bay Area light show artists of the mid-’60s, Joshua White established the Joshua Light Show in New York City in 1967. Considered one of the essential and trailblazing artists of the genre, Joshua and his team performed as resident artists at the Fillmore East, where their innovative manipulations of light accompanied the major musicians of the era.
In the early 2000s, Joshua began working with a new generation of artists to reimagine the light show, combining classic analog methods, such as liquid light, overhead projection, and reflection, with new technology to create visually striking cinema. This regenerated Joshua Light Show is currently a collective of more than 10 collaborators who have performed at a variety of institutions, including London's Barbican Centre, Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin), the Whitney Museum of American Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Lincoln Center, the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History, the Cleveland Museum of Art, New World Symphony Hall for Art Basel-Miami, and the Mondavi Center.
About Linda Perhacs and Julia Holter:
Upon releasing her first album, Parallelograms, in 1970, an uncanny mix of Aquarian folk and avant-garde treatments, Linda Perhacs saw the realization of her astonishing and intuitive musical vision fade into obscurity due to a low-quality record pressing. Over thirty years later, Parallelograms experienced a rebirth, becoming a cult classic celebrated by collectors and musicians alike. In 2010, Perhacs performed live for the first time at a tribute show that connected her to a new generation of LA musicians (including Julia Holter). Perhacs released her follow-up album, The Soul of All Natural Things, in 2014.
Julia Holter released her first full-length album, Tragedy, in 2011. Sophisticated, atmospheric, and experimental pop, the album was admired for its erudite, innovative approaches and depth of composition. Holter went on to release Ekstasis in 2012 and Loud City Song in 2013, to widespread, critical acclaim. Holter and Perhacs have collaborated together since 2009, when Holter joined Perhacs’ band. They have since written, recorded, and performed together extensively.
Joshua Light Show and Moon Duo perform for Off the Screen on April 17, 2014.