Past Events

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Madalyn Merkey / Battle Trance

Fri, November 21, 2014 - 8:00pm

Composer Madalyn Merkey creates a new site-specific work for ISSUE's theater, combining live synthetic sound and acoustic violin to create inner-ear occurrences. Battle Trance perform their album-length work Palace of Wind, a stunning composition for four tenor saxophonists. ISSUE Member party precedes the show at 7pm.

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Rashad Becker / Eli Keszler

Sat, November 15, 2014 - 8:00pm

One of the most finely tuned ears in music, Berlin's Rashad Becker uses real-time synthesis and sampling techniques, setting intricate sonic worlds into motion. Percussionist/composer and fellow PAN artist Eli Keszler debuts a new trio work featuring Tom Chiu, violin, and Leila Bordreuil, cello.

PRE-SALE SOLD OUT, limited door tickets! Artist-in-Residence Raúl De Nieves & Colin Self premiere their new chamber opera, "The Fool." A four-act work for chorus and string-ensemble, "The Fool" is a mystical and allegorical journey performed by a group of friends on a quest to unite themselves one with the other.

PRE-SALE SOLD OUT, limited door tickets! Artist-in-Residence Raúl De Nieves & Colin Self premiere their new chamber opera, "The Fool." A four-act work for chorus and string-ensemble, "The Fool" is a mystical and allegorical journey performed by a group of friends on a quest to unite themselves one with the other.

PRE-SALE SOLD OUT, limited door tickets! Artist-in-Residence Raúl De Nieves & Colin Self premiere their new chamber opera, "The Fool." A four-act work for chorus and string-ensemble, "The Fool" is a mystical and allegorical journey performed by a group of friends on a quest to unite themselves one with the other.

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Marcus Schmickler & Yarn/Wire

Fri, November 7, 2014 - 8:00pm

Piano/percussion quartet Yarn/Wire premiere a new piece by German experimentalist Marcus Schmickler, a microtonal score for keyboards and mallets, juxtaposing fixed pitch with pitch continua. Schmickler also presents a new eight-channel electronics work, tracing parallels between linguistics and sound.

An opera scene by Paul Pinto features renowned vocalist Joan La Barbara as the posthumous spirit of Thomas Paine. Gelsey Bell’s "Weight", written for Ne(x)tworks and ISSUE's theater, receives its world premiere. Miguel Frasconi’s "Sun Studies", interprets The Cantilever Rainbow, a poetic and visual text from 1965.

Electronics manipulator Tim Goss, formerly of the Shadow Ring, appears with Call Back the Giants, an inter-generational duo with his daughter, Chloe Mutter. Vanessa Rossetto conjures evocative visual-soundscapes in a duo with guest TBA. Matt Krefting presents his refined, textural soundscapes in a solo performance.

Clarinetist Carol Robinson and trumpeter Nate Wooley give American and World Premieres of new works by iconoclastic French composers Denis Dufour and Eliane Radigue. Radigue's "Occam" pieces are part of a substantial set of new works composed with a small group of the world’s finest contemporary musical voices.

Solo sets by both artists accompany a new interpretation of John Cage's "Williams Mix" (1952) by Werner Dafeldecker and Valerio Tricoli, approaching the score from a contemporary perspective. In the context of digital audio and live instrumental performance, the work draws on a library of over 2000 pre-recorded sounds.

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Elliott Sharp: Port Bou

Fri, October 17, 2014 - 8:00pm

A newly commissioned opera by Elliott Sharp depicts the final moments of philosopher Walter Benjamin’s life in Port-Bou at the French-Spanish border as he flees Nazi-occupied France. Bass/baritone Nicholas Isherwood stars with pianist Jenny Lin, accordionist William Schimmel, and electro-acoustic backgrounds by Sharp.

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Elliott Sharp: Port Bou

Thu, October 16, 2014 - 8:00pm

A newly commissioned opera by Elliott Sharp depicts the final moments of philosopher Walter Benjamin’s life in Port-Bou at the French-Spanish border as he flees Nazi-occupied France. Bass/baritone Nicholas Isherwood stars with pianist Jenny Lin, accordionist William Schimmel, and electro-acoustic backgrounds by Sharp.

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Space Noise: films of Takashi Makino

Wed, October 8, 2014 - 8:00pm

Among Japan’s most adventurous filmmakers, Takashi Makino is known for hallucinatory, non-linear films that treat and sound with equal importance. Tonight he presents "Space Noise 3D", an immersive live cinema work for 16mm and video, preceded by three short films, all featuring the music of Jim O’Rourke.

A shadow puppet play by Cary Loren (Destroy All Monsters) and Tom Carey, "The Legend of Mothman" brings the details of alien existence to light, a humorous fantasy mixed with pop-culture lore, set during Halloween in post-industrial Detroit. Sound by concept band Monster Island. Free show for children at 3pm.

A shadow puppet play by Cary Loren (Destroy All Monsters) and Tom Carey, "The Legend of Mothman" brings the details of alien existence to light, a humorous fantasy mixed with pop-culture lore, set during Halloween in post-industrial Detroit. Sound by concept band Monster Island. Free show for children at 3pm.

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CANCELLED! Peter Jefferies

Wed, October 1, 2014 - 8:00pm

CANCELLED! Peter Jefferies helmed legendary New Zealand post-punk acts Nocturnal Projections and This Kind of Punishment through the 80s. His earthy baritone weaves between stripped-down piano and guitar, pulling in listeners to the deep pastoral life of his music.