After years of playing cello with a myriad of artists and ensembles, from Antony and the Johnsons to Rasputina, Julia Kent holed up in her Lower East Side apartment to make a solo record inspired by touring and the disjunctions of travel. Incorporating multitracked cello, omnichord, and field recordings from airports around the world, her “lovely, melancholy,” compositions, full of “aching romanticism … rich melodicism, and detailed arrangements,” make up Delay, her solo debut, released by Shayo Records in Europe and Important Records in North America.
She has performed solo throughout Europe and the UK, as well as in New York, using live looping and effects to create layers of melody and rhythm on the cello. Of her appearance at the Donau Festival in Austria, the Wire said: “Cellist Julia Kent’s set, in which she sampled and played over herself, was a thing of miniature beauty.” Lucid Culture described a recent New York appearance as: “…riveting and frequently cinematic…moving from trippy, echoey and atmospheric to stark and haunting…”
Date + Times
Saturday, November 7
The Main Gallery
51 Bergen St.