AIR Residency: Julianna Barwick
Julianna is a 2018 artist-in-residence with Transient Project Residency, a collaboration between AIR Serenbe and ArtsATL. The Transient Project Residency supports musicians and composers to explore new directions in their work.
Julianna Barwick crafts ethereal, largely wordless soundscapes, all of which are built around multiple loops and layers of her angelic voice. Barwick released her first two collections of songs, the full-length Sanguine in 2007 and the EP Florine in 2009, before issuing her Asthmatic Kitty debut, The Magic Place, in 2011. Barwick kept busy in the time between her proper albums with various collaborations and smaller releases. In addition to remixing a Radiohead track, she collaborated with Ikue Mori on an entirely improvised album, did guest appearances on various friends’ albums, and formed the duo Ombre with Helado Negro, releasing the collaborative album Believe You Me in 2012. A 7” single, Pacing, preceded her third proper solo album, 2013’s Nepenthe, which she recorded with producer Alex Somers at Sigur Rós’ studio Sundlaugin in Reykjavík.
She followed it with a spate of unique projects, including 2014’s Rosabi EP, a collaboration with Dogfish Head Brewery that incorporated recordings of the brewery into its pieces, and live collaborations with Yoko Ono, Philip Glass, and the Flaming Lips in 2015. Meanwhile, she recorded her fourth album in such distinct locations as Asheville, North Carolina, upstate New York, and Lisbon, Portugal. The results were 2016’s Will, which also featured Mas Ysa’s Thomas Arsenault, Dutch cellist Maarten Vos, and Chairlift drummer Jamie Ingalls. Now based in Los Angeles, she is working on a variety of projects including having written original music for BalletCollective to be performed in October in New York CIty.