MET Museum Rehearsal Of ‘Bassline Fabulous: J.S. Bach’s Goldberg Vibrations With Machine Dazzle’

Mrs. Barbara D. Tober hosted the dress rehearsal for The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Live Arts production.

Bassline Fabulous: J.S. Bach’s Goldberg Vibrations with Machine Dazzle Thursday night, on December 15th, 2022, at the Museum’s Vanderlyn Panorama in the American Wing (which depicts the palace and gardens of Versailles). 

An eclectic audience of just seventy friends of the artists and Mrs. Tober listened intently to the Catalyst Quartet’s acclaimed Goldberg arrangement while Machine Dazzle responded to the Quartet’s performance, interpreting the music’s inescapable evolution into a performance/installation through his personal and emotional lens.

Guests adjourned afterward for a party with the artists to the Frederick R. Koch Foundation townhouse where The Met’s Limor Tomer,  Lulu C. and Anthony W. Wang General Manager of Live Arts, toasted the success of the project.   Among the guests were Carrie Rebora Barratt, Chiara Clemente, Layla S. Diba, Tiffany E. Dubin, Fe and Alessandro Fendi, Christopher Forbes, April and Roddy Gow, Maria Eugenia Maury and William A. Haseltine, Nizam Kettaneh, Guillaume Kientz, William Ivey Long, Jordan Roth, Ben Rodriguez-Cubeñas, Ruben Toledo, and Adrienne and Gigi Vittadini. 

Machine Dazzle is currently the subject of a mid-career retrospective exhibition, Queer Maximalism, at the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) at Columbus Circle.  His other upcoming productions include the next Taylor Mac tour and costumes for Opera Lafayette.


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The Met’s performances of Bassline Fabulous are made possible by the Adrienne Arsht Fund for Resilience through Art. Additional support is provided by Barbara Tober, the Muriel Kallis Steinberg Newman Fund, and the Grace Jarcho Ross and Daniel G. Ross Concert Fund.

Photo credit: 1) Daniel Chain, Tinu Naija, Barbara Tober. 2) Timothy Johnson, Abi Fayett…iolin, Catalyst Quartet). 3) Ruben Toledo and Chiara Clemente. 4) Ben Rodriguez-Cubeñas and guest. 5) Karlos Rodriguez (cello, Catalyst Quartet), Eileen Keane, Machine Dazzle, Jordan Roth. 6) Alisa Regas and Linda Brumbach, Pomegranate Arts. 7) Jill Esterman, Nizam Kettaneh, Layla Diba. 8) Jill Esterman, Nizam Kettaneh, Layla Diba. 9) Limor Tomer (Lulu C. and An…he Met), Carrie Barratt. 10) Limor Tomer (Lulu C. and Anthony W. Wang General Manager of Live Arts, The Met), Carrie Barratt. 11) Lee Fryd, Afsaney Akhtari, Isabelle Orlansky. 12) Lee Fryd, Afsaney Akhtari, Isabelle Orlansky. 13) Dame Jillian Sackler, Roddy Gow.

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