Sonic Cloisters: Techno at the Met Museum
Sonic Cloisters, a series of site-specific electronic music performances, launched this spring and features renowned and emerging electronic music artists recorded in the unique spaces of The Met Cloisters. Created specifically for digital platforms, Sonic Cloisters emphasizes the look, feel, and sound of the Cloisters as the inspiration and starting point for new electronic music. Freed from the confines of the dance floor, these artists interact with the Cloisters’ collection, architecture, and environment to explore new creative territory and compositional approaches.
A new performance will digitally premiere every month through August and will be available on The Met’s website and online channels, including Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitch, where they will remain free and available to stream indefinitely.
Sonic Cloisters 01: Lost Souls of Saturn
Thursday, June 3, 9 pm
Gallery 2, The Fuentidueña Chapel
Lost Souls of Saturn—Seth Troxler and Phil Moffa—combines music, storytelling, and technology to create a unique, immersive performance environment. The group explores new ways to access human perception and challenge the ways we see our world, while marrying the prescient visions, political aspirations, and psychedelic energy of science fiction and early rave culture with postmodern philosophy and contemporary art.
Sonic Cloisters 02: Jlin
Thursday, July 8, 9 pm
Gallery 1, The Romanesque Hall
Jlin, the recording alias of Jerrilynn Patton, occupies a category of her own. Her debut album, Dark Energy (2015)—filled with volatile tracks that seem more concerned with venting frustration, anger, and depression than providing dance floor fodder—made her one of the most acclaimed experimental electronic artists of the 2010s.
Sonic Cloisters 03: Dubfire
Thursday, August 5, 9 pm
Gallery 6, Pontaut Chapter House
Dubfire’s career has been marked by talent, drive, and determination to innovate, evolve, and entertain. Born Ali Shirazinia in Iran and raised in the United States, Dubfire developed his skills playing clubs in Washington, DC. With Sharam Tayebi, he formed Deep Dish, a production-and-DJ duo that conquered the world of electronic music, picking up a Grammy and an array of other accolades.
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