Proto lava-lamper Joshua White got his start at New York’s 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 Show’s ascendance to drug-rock royalty; ensuing internal tension and the advent of the disco ball ended the collective’s reign. A gradual reconsideration of the work by the Whitney, which included some of White’s loops in last year’s “Summer of Love” 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 White’s liquid-light projections, which will illuminate performances by the free-jazz quartet Spiritual Unity, improv’ers 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