Thu   Mar   21   2024 - 9:00 PM The Point

“Jlin is making the most aggressively beautiful music you’ve ever heard.” – VICE

A math lover, former steel factory worker, and proud resident of Gary, Indiana, Jlin (née Jerrilynn Patton) has become one of the most distinctive composers in America and one of the most influential women in electronic music. Her signature sound builds on the Chicago footwork style of her origins, expanding to embrace diverse influences (ranging from Igor Stravinsky and Philip Glass to Miles Davis and Eartha Kitt) that give her complex percussion-driven work a sophisticated polyrhythmic sound that is all its own. Jlin’s thrilling, emotional, and multidimensional compositions have earned her praise as “one of the most forward-thinking contemporary composers in any genre” (Pitchfork). Jlin was a 2023 Pulitzer Prize nominee for her seven-movement work Perspective, which was commissioned and performed by Third Coast Percussion. Her albums Dark Energy (2015) and Black Origami (2017) received critical acclaim and have been featured in “best-of” lists in The New York Times, The Wire, LA Times, Rolling Stone, The Guardian, and Vogue. Jlin’s contemporary collaborators include William Basinski, Dope Saint Jude, Holly Herndon, Zora Jones, and the late, iconic SOPHIE.

Knoxville, TN · USA



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