The Long Count

Apr 27–28, 2024

Floor 3, Theater

Saturday, April 27 at 7 pm

Sunday, April 28 at 7 pm

As part of the performance program organized by guest curator Taja Cheek for Whitney Biennial 2024: Even Better Than the Real Thing, Debit performs her album The Long Count. The performance will feature live instrumentation and sounds made by machine-learning synth instruments that have sampled and processed the sounds of Late Postclassic Maya wind instruments. Using tones from an ancient culture and of-the-moment technologies, the performance shuttles the distant past into our contemporary artistic universe.

Born and raised in Monterrey, Mexico, before her family relocated to Texas when she was a teenager, Delia Beatriz (Debit; she/her; born 1986 in Monterrey, Mexico; lives and works in New York, NY) has long straddled two distinct worlds. As a DJ, her selections burn the unmistakable swing of Latin club music into ironclad techno frameworks, and as a producer and composer, she drifts seamlessly from avant-garde and drone modes into experimental dance music without hesitation.

Beatriz has been performing and recording since 2009 while she was studying in Providence, Rhode Island, soaking up the city's fertile DIY noise scene, and taking extracurricular classes on synthesis. Later on, while living in Argentina, she attended workshops on circuit bending, and learned to make her own oscillators and effects pedals. Soon she was performing improvised live shows, eventually forming the band HDXD, and releasing an EP and LP in 2012. While she was studying for a graduate degree in Music Technology at New York University, Beatriz assembled her most defining statement to date, System. This EP solidified the duality of her unique approach, reconstructing tribal guarachero music using sounds snatched from industrial techno with collaborations from Teklife's DJ Earl and tribal innovator Javier Estrada.

This performance contains haze and may contain flashing and bright lights.

The Susan and John Hess Family Theater is equipped with an induction loop and infrared assistive listening system. Accessible seating is available.

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