House Music

by Grand Lady Dance House

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"For many Westerners a house is a thing, an object, or as the Bauhaus theorists defined it, a 'machine for living.' But to the Japanese it is a context— or rather a shifting set of smaller contexts within a larger one." — Grand Lady Dance House

Artists Jennie Liu and Andrew Gilbert are co-creators of a performance and album called House Music, ethically and structurally informed by their ongoing study of the Urasenke tradition of Japanese tea ceremony. Part electronic dance music recital, part travelogue of a creative process, guests are absorbed into an elaborated coded system of interactions, designed to explore the idea that aesthetic structures can be vehicles for deepening relationships.

The history of early house music, an underground culture for safe transgression of norms, is a parallel to the subculture of tea ceremony which, beneath its conservative formalism, lies a social binding opportunity for its participants to create radical intimacy.


released August 1, 2016

Produced by Al's Beats. Recorded at Bryn Eglur, Carmarthenshire, Wales, and mixed in Lincoln Heights, Los Angeles, 2016. "Jack Your Body" written by Steve "Silk" Hurley, 1986. "Bad Boy" written by Jamie Principle, 1988. "Your Love" written by Jamie Principle, 1986.




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