As a spectacular addition to the Joshua Light Show, Ben Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarden, best known to audiences as the founders of major rock act MGMT, push way beyond the boundaries of their celebrated songs to present a unique son-et-lumière composed especially for the Joshua Light Show.
Already world-renowned for the neo-psychedelic sound of their albums Oracular Spectacular and Congratulations, the duo's recent appearance at The Guggenheim Museum hinted at a deeper exploration of experimental, kosmische electronic music. For one-night-only, Goldwasser and VanWyngarden improvise a live science-fiction soundtrack to the abstract cinema of the Joshua Light Show to create a unique collaboration of music and image.
The Joshua Light Show, founded by multimedia artist Joshua White, are perhaps the most legendary visualists of live music. As resident artists at Bill Graham’s Fillmore East during the late 1960’s, and in performances at Woodstock, Newport Jazz Festival, Tanglewood, Carnegie Hall, and the classic film Midnight Cowboy, White and his cohorts created live, colorful, psychedelic projections behind the great bands of that era including the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, and The Who.
Regenerated in part by exhibitions at the Tate Liverpool, Centre Pompidou, MOCA, the Hirshhorn Museum, and the Whitney, the new Joshua Light Show has performed across the United States and Europe in concert with a new generation of art rock and experimental music luminaries, in addition to creating its own fulldome son-et-lumière for the Hayden Planetarium at New York’s American Museum of Natural History.
9/13 7:30 EVELYN GLENNIE / ZEENA PARKINS
9/14 7:30 TERRY RILEY/ GYAN RILEY
9/14 10 JOHN ZORN / LOU REED / BILL LASWELL / MILFORD GRAVES
9/15 7:30 + 10 BEN GOLDWASSER / ANDREW VANWYNGARDEN
9/16 7:30 GLOBALFEST: DEBO BAND + FORRO IN THE DARK
PRODUCED IN ASSOCIATION WITH ARKTYPE/THOMAS O. KRIEGSMANN AND NICK HALLETT
Photos by Dustin Yellin (top), Linder Genz courtesy Transmediale (bottom)