Upcoming Events


Kim Gordon & Loren Connors / Gary War

Wed, December 3, 2014 - 8:00pm

ISSUE is pleased to welcome back rock icon Kim Gordon performing in a special first-time duo with the legendary Brooklyn-based guitarist Loren Connors. Electro-rocker Gary War, recently residing in New Zealand, opens the night.


Matmos perform Robert Ashley's "Perfect Lives"

Tue, December 9, 2014 - 7:00pm

A benefit for ISSUE Project Room, acclaimed electronics duo Matmos perform scenes from Robert Ashley's groundbreaking television-opera "Perfect Lives", with opening performance by Raúl de Nieves. VIP tickets include pre-concert reception with food and drinks by Rucola. General Admission concert tickets on sale now.


Swedish Energies 2014: EMS at 50

Akóz Rózmann: "12 Stations / Tolv Stationer"

Thu, December 4, 2014 - 6:00pm

Experimental Intermedia: 224 Centre St, NYC

Originally commissioned as a 5-minute piece, over 20 years, "12 Stations" evolved into a challenging 6 1/2 hour epic; a deep, spiritual journey that is considered a central work of Rózmann’s oeuvre. Thematically the work draws on the Tibetan Wheel of Life, and reflects Rózmann's deep interest in Tibetan Buddhism.

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Programs & Announcements

ISSUE's 22 Boerum Place theater by Seth Tisue

ISSUE's long-awaited renovation project will begin in February 2015, programming continues around the city through partnerships with a vital network of peers. For our Year-End Campaign, the Robert D. Bielecki Foundation has generously pledged a $15,000 matching grant.


The fourth-annual Swedish Energies celebrates 50 years of Stockholm's EMS with Maria w Horn, Ellen Arkbro, Jenny Sunesson, The Sons of God, Stephen O’Malley, Kristina Matousch, Frederikke Hoffmeier, Carl Michael von Hausswolff, Daniel Rozenhall & Sten Backman, Christine Abdelnour & Joachim Nordwall, & more.


ISSUE is pleased to announce the launch of Distributed Objects, a new publishing imprint featuring recorded and written documents focused on emerging artistic practices. The October 2014 release of double LPs by former Artists-in-Residence Sabisha Friedberg and Sergei Tcherepnin inaugurates the imprint.


ISSUE is pleased to announce the selection of our 2014 Artists-in-Residence: Raul De Nieves, Moriah Evans, Peter Evans, Georgia Sagri, and Gillian Walsh. ISSUE's AIR program offers artists an opportunity to develop significant new works in partnership with ISSUE over the course of the year.



We've assembled some of the year's highlights in video, including a rare appearance by legendary Ethiopian pop singer Mahmoud Ahmed to an audience of over 800, "maximalist" icon Charlemagne Palestine's first-ever organ concert in New York, new commissions by Pat Spadine's Ashcan Orchestra and Artist-In-Residence devynn emory, and excerpts from international festivals Tectonics, Ultima, and Unsound.

Video from William Basinski's June 2014 performance of "Cascade" at ISSUE, produced by The New Yorker to accompany Sasha Frere-Jone's feature on him in the November 10th issue.

In this interview from Clocktower Radio, Eve Essex talks to composer Pat Spadine about his story-driven, genre-defying, deliciously sensual, multimedia "opera", Apollo's Accidental Answer, which appears in its final form at ISSUE Friday, June 27, 2014.
Recorded in October 2013, Australian guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Oren Ambarchi performs live at ISSUE our anniversary festival "Ten Years Alive on the Infinite Plain".
Recorded live in December 2013: experimental turntablist Marina Rosenfeld and electronic composer Mats Lindström. This first-ever collaboration was part of ISSUE's third-annual Swedish Energies festival.
C. Spencer Yeh performs a solo electronic set, recorded live as part of the PAN_ACT festival in June 2013. The set starts off with a minimal percussion sound, evolving into a complex glitch beat and textural washes of electronics.