J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Harold M. Williams Auditorium
January 31, 2015
Body/Head is an electric guitar duo comprised of musician, artist, and boundless creative force Kim Gordon, best known as a member of the legendary alternative rock band Sonic Youth, and improvisational noise guitarist Bill Nace.
Since Sonic Youth called it quits in 2012, each of its members have embarked on their own musical and artistic projects that have exposed and distilled the specific qualities they brought to the group. Body/Head is evidence that Gordon brought an undeniable edge and avant-garde sophistication that supplied the weird magic at the band's core. The epic and abstract sonic waves in Body/Head's sound accentuate a volatile energy that is at once indecipherable yet powerfully emotional. Often performed with time-bending video, Body/Head's unique form of dreamy improvisational performance reflects Gordon and Nace's gravitation toward an array of artistic material, from Syd Barrett-era Pink Floyd and experimental folk musician Catherine Ribeiro, to the films of French feminist filmmaker Catherine Breillat.