Julianna Barwick

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Usually, when rich, robust choral arrangements blast out of speakers during a singer’s live performance, most audience members naturally assume the vocalist utilized a choir while in the recording studio, especially if there are no robed women onstage on rafters. In the hauntingly beautiful case of Julianna Barwick, that lavish, lush sound is all her. All of it.

Louisiana-born, Missouri-raised and Brooklyn-based, Barwick credits her rural church-choir upbringing for the unusually innocent lilt to her voice. Typically beginning with one phrase, she records on a looping station and builds her sound by adding layer after layer of near-angelic tonality until it blossoms into a piece that sounds like a chorale of at least 25 people is at her beck and call. In fact, it wasn’t until Barwick’s most recent album, last August’s Nepenthe, that she made use of an actual teen girl’s choir to fill out the depths of her compositions.

The purity of Barwick’s instrument is rare in today’s Auto-tuned monotony. Coupled with a piano or some sort of percussion, her sweet and simple voice washes over listeners, transporting them to another time and place. And Barwick has began branching out, lending her talents to other artists within the remix arena. With four LPs and a number of collaborative side projects, the future holds mysterious and wonderful things for this lady. // KENNEDY ALLEN

7:30pm. Sold out. With Vasillus. First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut St. 215.821.7575. r5productions.com

 

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Sunday, February 09, 2014
Recurring: ONCE

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- Price: Unknown

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2125 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA
One time only on 02/09/2014. .

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First Unitarian Church

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