Proto lava-lamper Joshua White got his start at New Yorkâs Fillmore East doing twice-daily light shows for the Dead, Hendrix, and Jefferson Airplane (among others) and their highly receptive audiences. An appearance at Woodstock capped the Joshua Light Showâs ascendance to drug-rock royalty; ensuing internal tension and the advent of the disco ball ended the collectiveâs reign. A gradual reconsideration of the work by the Whitney, which included some of Whiteâs loops in last yearâs âSummer of Loveâ survey, and by the Kitchen, which hosted the official return of the Joshua Light Show last spring, put White back in business. Tonight, the Issue Project Room begins a four-day residency featuring Whiteâs liquid-light projections, which will illuminate performances by the free-jazz quartet Spiritual Unity, improvâers Lee Ranaldo, Zeena Parkins, Ikue Mori, and Marina Rosenfeld, the raga duo Pandit Samir Chatterjee (tabla) and K.V. Mahabala (sitar), and electronic acts Soft Circle and Invisible Conga People.
Sat., June 7, 8 p.m., 2008