Live Stage: Manuel Gottsching [us NYC]

manuel-gottsching.jpg[image: Manuel Gottsching] Joshua Light Show with German electronic musician Manuel Göttsching :: Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park :: Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival :: August 15, 2008; 6:00 p.m.

The Joshua Light Show, known by many a New Yorker for creating the iconic psychedelic imagery that set the stage for musicans such as Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, The Who, Grateful Dead, The Doors and Frank Zappa at Bill Graham’s legendary lower-east-side rock palace, the Fillmore East, performs this summer at Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park alongside German electronic musician Manuel Göttsching for the American concert premiere of seminal minimalist composition, E2-E4.

Led by multimedia artist and television director Joshua White, a team of live-cinema artists will literally fill the clam-shaped bandshell of Damrosch Park with an eye-popping display of kinetic effects and colorful abstractions. Improvised in real time using a variety of classic techniques—including the signature oil-and-water “wet show”—and mixed with video, the Joshua Light Show stands out in contrast to much of the pre-programmed, computer-based animation commonplace in contemporary video design. The Joshua Light Show will feature the contributions of White’s senior collaborator, Bec Stupak, in addition to the artists Alyson Denny, Seth Kirby, and Brock Monroe.

This world-premiere collaboration with Manuel Göttsching is the finale of a concert entitled “800 Years of Minimalism – The Spiritual Transcendent,” co-presented by Lincoln Center Out Of Doors and Wordless Music, which features the music of Pérotin performed by newly-formed vocal ensemble Beata Viscera and the outdoor premiere of a new work for 200 electric guitars by Rhys Chatham. The concert will take place at 6pm on Friday, August 15, at Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park, best accessed from 62nd street between Amsterdam and Columbus avenues. The entire event is free-of-charge and open to the public.

Joshua White studied theater at Carnegie Mellon University and film at University of Southern California. He is well-known for developing the lightshow at Bill Graham’s Fillmore East during the late 1960s. At this time, he also created special effects for the film Midnight Cowboy. After the lightshow’s performance at Woodstock in 1969, White shifted to giant-screen video projection and then to directing television. His credits include Seinfeld, The Max Headroom Show, Club MTV and Inside The Actors Studio. In the 1990s, White returned to creating fine art installations in collaboration with Michael Smith, and in 2004 developed a new lightshow with comic artist and designer, Gary Panter. The first show since 1969 billed as Joshua Light Show was performed in April 2007 at The Kitchen. Subsequent engagements include headlining the annual Netmage live media festival in Bologna alongside the music of Simeon Coxe/Silver Apples and a four-day residency at the Issue Project Room in Brooklyn. His artwork has shown at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C., Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, Tate Liverpool, Kunsthalle Schim Frankfurt, Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, and the Kunsthalle Wien. His “Liquid Loops” DVD is available for purchase from The Center for Visual Music. The Joshua Light Show has also contributed psychedelic art for the Public Theater’s current production of Hair as part of Shakespeare in the Park at the Delacorte Theater.

on my more immediate production/performance horizon:

TINGEL TANGEL club this friday (july 18) at DEITCH STUDIOS

DARMSTADT presents EMILY MANZO and friends, thursday august 24 at ISSUE

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