“Both pristine and deranged, Julia Holter drapes herself in mystery and transforms herself when she takes to the stage” – The Guardian
Split Works brings the stark, cerebral, beautiful music of American musician Julia Holter to Beijing on December 4 at the newly opened Modern Sky Lab. Los Angeles-based composer/multi-instrumentalist Julia Holter blurs the boundaries between indie music, modern composition, and electronic music in her own work as well as her collaborations.
Holter grew up in a musically inclined family — her father is a guitarist who once played with Pete Seeger — and studied electronic music at CalArts. After graduation, she began releasing music at a prolific rate: in 2008, she contributed tracks to Monika’s 4 Women No Cry, Vol. 3 as well as a Human Ear compilation, and released the CD-R album Cookbook on Sleepy Mammal Sound. The following year, Holter began working with the Dublab collective, appearing on a volume of their In the Loop series of vinyl compilations and performing with the Linda Perhacs Band.
However, all of this activity was just a warm-up for her first full-fledged album, 2011’s Tragedy, which was released by Leaving Records. Inspired by Euripides’ play Hippolytus, the album melded tweaked electronics with classical and pop elements that earned critical acclaim from avant and underground music publications, both online and in print.
Soon after Tragedy‘s release came Ekstasis, a lighter, more accessible yet still complex song cycle that arrived in March 2012. By the time of that album’s release, Holter already had a third album, tentatively titled Gigi, waiting in the wings. On top of her busy music schedule, she also found time to tutor teenagers in South Central L.A. as part of a nonprofit organization. Her third album, officially named Loud City Song and inspired by Colette’s 1944 novella Gigi, arrived in August 2013.
Now, her long awaited fourth EP, Have You in My Wilderness, is finally out and it’s been receiving universal acclaim. Rolling Stone called it “enchanting” while the Guardian couldn’t hold in its love for the album: “the result is a genuinely exceptional and entrancing album, opaque but effective, filled with beautiful, skewed songs, unconventional without ever feeling precious or affected.” Pitchfork titled it “Best New Music” and we’re quite fond of it too, but we want you to hear it for yourselves, in an amazing live setting!.
Date: December 4 2015 Thursday
Location: Modern Sky Lab
Address: Rm. 5-108, B1/F, Bldg. D, Yinhe SOHO, Chaoyang Men, Dongcheng District (东城区朝阳门银河SOHO D座B1层5-108)
Price：100RMB (presale), 150RMB (door)
Presale link: https://yoopay.cn/event/JuliaHolterBJ
Split Works official website：www.spli-t.com
Julia Holter official website: http://juliashammasholter.com/
Pitchfork review of Loud City Songs: http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/18378-julia-holter-loud-city-song/
About Split Works:
Split Works is a Beijing and Shanghai based concert promotion agency. Since 2006, we’ve been putting on killer parties and shows throughout Asia, working with brilliant artists from across the globe. In 2009, we launched JUE | Music + Art and also produce branded campaigns through our sister company, communications agency Splatter. We love China, we love music, we love you