Johanna HedvaBlack Moon Lilith in Pisces in the 4th House
A solo performance of guitar and voice by Johanna Hedva. It is a keening, mystical drone, hag blues, intimate metal, moon hymns, a dirge. O Death. For my mother, who was a Pisces (March 2, 1955 – April 30, 2018).
Informed by Korean shamanist ritual and the Korean tradition of P'ansori singing (which demands rehearsal next to waterfalls, in order to ravage the vocal cords), as well as by Keiji Haino, Diamanda Galás, and Jeff Buckley, Black Moon is as much a mystical grief ritual as it is droned-out metal concert that summons the holy spirit. This performance is specifically for the faint of heart. It is loud AF and swimming in tears.
Johanna Hedva is a Korean-American writer, artist, musician, and astrologer, who was raised in Los Angeles by a family of witches, and now lives in LA and Berlin. They are the author of the novel, On Hell (2018, Sator Press), and their writing has appeared in Triple Canopy, The White Review, and Black Warrior Review. Their work has been shown at The Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, Performance Space New York, the LA Architecture and Design Museum, and the Museum of Contemporary Art on the Moon. Their album The Sun and the Moon was released in March 2019. Two of its tracks were played on the moon.