Liz Harris + Jefre Cantu-Ledesma
Night Sounds is a performance series that parallels the seven part sculpture-in-residence exhibition Night (1947 – 2015). Guests join the performer and program curators for a live performance on the Glass House campus. Night Sounds is guest curated by Jordan Stein.
Night Sounds #3 featured a performance by Liz Harris + Jefre Cantu-Ledesma alongside Jason Dodge’s sculpture A tourmaline and a ruby inside of an owl.
Liz Harris has been recording, performing, and releasing solo material under the name Grouper since 2005 on various imprints including Kranky, Type, and her own YELLOWELECTRIC. Her work is characterized by a fascination with paradox, division space, twinning, and intricacies of human behavior. She lives and works on the Oregon Coast.
Jefre Cantu-Ledesma is a Brooklyn-based musician who has performed in bands and under his own name since 1996. He is a founding member of the groups Tarentel, The Alps, Portraits, and Moholy-Nagy as well as the Root Strata record label. His solo work is often generated from the electric guitar and orbits the gravity of memory, melancholia, excess, and restraint.
Harris and Cantu-Ledesma first performed together at 2012’s Transmediale Festival in Berlin, where they debuted Harris’ Circular Veil — an 8-hour composition designed for performance-goers to sleep to. Their first collaborative release under the moniker Raum, Event of Your Leaving, was released by Glass, house in the fall of 2013. It was recorded under a full moon.
At the Glass House, Harris and Cantu-Ledesma performed distorted and tape-processed vocals, guitar, and Wurlitzer inspired by this recording.