Marfa Dialogues

Julianna Barwick

3 December 2013

Ballroom Marfa and Marfa Book Company Present:
A Night with Julianna Barwick
Ballroom Marfa, Marfa, Texas
December 3, 2013 | 8 pm
$5 at the door

Much has been written about the ethereal sounds of Louisiana-born/Brooklyn-based musician Julianna Barwick, and often using a set of keywords that would be equally appropriate to an illuminated manuscript about the geography of paradise.

Florine, her EP from 2010, opens with a song Pitchfork describes as a “halogen hymn” that bears the title “Sunlight, Heaven.” Producer Diplo, announcing his contribution to her 2011 Matrimony Remixes EP, introduced her music to his followers as the sound of “Care Bears making love.” Dolphins, angels and cathedrals are also frequent reference points used to describe the sounds she makes, compositions that are often characterized by a gradually building series of reverberating vocal loops with minimal instrumental accompaniment.

Barwick’s critical breakthrough came with the 2011 album The Magic Place, her first effort captured in a professional recording environment. Its title is a reference to a beloved tree on the farm where she was raised, and also to the fruitful year in which it was recorded. A remix for Radiohead and a improvisational album with composer Ikue Mori demonstrated the expanding range of her sonic template, an evolution that would culminate in her most recent work: 2013′s Nepenthe was recorded in Iceland at Sigur Rós’ studio and with contributions from the amiina post-rock string quartet.

Our friends from the Marfa Book Co. will join us in welcoming Barwick to Marfa on December 3, 2013 at 8pm. This very special performance takes place in the resonant halls of the Ballroom Marfa gallery space, a venue which we are honored to see on the list of the hallowed sites to which Barwick’s transcendent sounds seem indigenous.

    Listen to Marfa Public Radio’s Talk at Ten interview with Julianna Barwick from December 3, 2013.

    Special thanks to Jennifer Bell, Tim Johnson and Marfa Public Radio.

    Poster designed by Comet Substance.