Do This For FREE: White/Light At MCA
By Sarah Cobarrubias in Arts & Entertainment on Mar 9, 2010 8:20PM
Image via White/Light’s MySpace
White/Light came together in 2003 as a sound project, Clark playing electric guitar and Lemos layering synth, analog electronics and shruti box beneath it. Though the band’s name was inspired by Velvet Underground’s White Light/White Heat, their music takes a much different, more experimental approach. They explore the dynamic properties of sound, evident by their focus on contrasting Lemos’ humming, pulsating noise with Clark’s electric guitar, as well as the extreme, often surprising variations of their sound: sometimes minimal and subtly hypnotic, while at other times overwhelmingly dense and orchestral. So far, White/Light has recorded two full-length albums, toured Europe and the U.S. and are currently creating a collaborative album with Steve Shelley, drummer of Sonic Youth, and Disappears, a minimalist rock ensemble made up of members from Chicago bands such as the Ponys, Boas and 90 Day.
Tonight (and every Tuesday night through March), they’ll be performing live, interacting with the sound installation. Many of their performances include guest musicians, such as Steve Shelley, Tortoise’s John McEntire and Joan of Arc’s Tim Kinsella. Tonight, White/Light will be accompanied by Disappears (minus drummer Graeme Gibson). The performance kicks off at 7pm, but show up at 6pm to hear White/Light discuss their work beforehand in the gallery. Checkout White/Light’s site for their complete schedule and a few free downloads.
Disappears & White/Light perform tonight, Tuesday, March 9 at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E Chicago, 7 p.m., FREE