Photo: Photo by Pamila Payne

Johanna Hedva

Black Moon Lilith in Pisces in the 4th House


14 Apr 2019  •  Performance Space New York, New York


Guitar and voice. Keening, droning and mourning. Come ready to release and bring your dis-ease.

This event is now sold out but we are operating a wait list. To be added to the list or if you have any questions please email

A performance of guitar and voice by Johanna Hedva

A keening. Animal droning. Hag blues. Minimal metal. Moon hymns. A dirge. O Death. For my mother, who was a Pisces (March 2, 1955 – April 30, 2018). This is a wake, so there will be whiskey, herbal tea and flowers. It’s 45 minutes long with no intermission.

Johanna Hedva knows deep grief and the incessant joys of wild hair and soothsaying sound. They will leave you reeling and bring you to your feels as they come to their knees, guitar in hand on a stripped down stage. This performance is specifically for the faint of heart, but it will be loud AF with dropped down droned out chironic, khoratic rupture and riffs. Come ready to release and bring your dis-ease. Hedva will bring serious dark crip love that offers an aural compendium to their sick theory and sci-fi written work. Think Diamanda Galas come Frida Kahlo in bed with Keiji Haino at a wake in Ktown.

Johanna Hedva is a Korean-American 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 been published in Triple Canopy, Black Warrior Review, and The White Review. Their performances have been shown at Wysing Arts Centre, Human Resources LA, High Desert Test Sites, the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time, and the Museum of Contemporary Art on the Moon. Their EP The Sun and Moon will be released in March.

This performance will also happen on Thurdsay 11 April at 7pm.

Event Specific Access Notes

Earplugs for all and a handful of ear defenders will be provided. 

ASL and CART for song lyrics.

A few SUBPAC units will be available to use by people who might like to feel the music that’s being heard. Worn like a low-profile backpack, it pulses sound through your body.

There will be flowers in the space - but not lilies.

Please arrive on time, as there is no late seating for this event. After the performance begins, guests are able to come and go if needed. It will be a low-light environment, but attendants will be on hand with flashlights. After the performance, our Quiet Space will be available if you want to decompress or recompose.

If you have any questions, other access requests or would like to reserve a SUBPAC unit, please email

For general festival and venue access info go here.

This performance will happen twice. Once on Thursday and once on Sunday.  The performances are for a small audience, so if you would like to attend we advise that you book your ticket in advance.


Image Description: A close-up portrait of a face, gazing humbly. Lit in high contrast, the face resembles a half-moon. The sitter has long black hair with a short bangs.