Past Events

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

Friday, 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

Thursday, 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

Wednesday, 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.

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The Legend of Mothman & Spookhaus Apokalypse!

Saturday, October 4, 2014 - 8:00pm

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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The Legend of Mothman & Spookhaus Apokalypse!

Saturday, October 4, 2014 - 3:00pm

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

Wednesday, 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.

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Felix Kubin / Lary 7

Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 8:00pm

A lovechild of the home recording era, Kubin is among electronic music's most versatile performers, with activities spanning pop, radio plays, electroacoustic music, and works for chamber orchestra. Kubin's music is saturated with enthusiasm for disharmonic pop, industrial noise, and the 20th-century avant-garde.

The artistic alter ego of Tori Kudo, Maher Shalal Hash Baz are a fluid large ensemble of untrained musicians that create arresting indie-pop embracing error, structure, and structurelessness. Accordionist and vocalist à qui avec Gabriel creates stark, ethereal and whispering melodies evoking European folk.

Chie Mukai leads an improvisation workshop, sharing experiences from thirty years of site-specific performance and improvisation. This workshop continues a teaching practice begun in 2001, it is free and open to 25 practitioners of sound and movement (RSVP required), and also to an audience of observers.

Minor Musics Japan opens with Ché-Shizu, an improv-folk group led by Chie Mukai. Since 1981 they have recontextualized folk instruments and electronics in spontaneous actions that are lyrical, compelling, and endearingly unpolished. Mukai also plays duo with LLILW GRAY, alias of No-Neck Blues Band's Keith Connolly.

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Littoral

The Mad and The Bad

Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 8:00pm

David Georgi, James Hoff, Jason Napoli-Brooks, Luc Sante and Donald Nicholson-Smith read from recent translations of important historic crime novels, poetry, and political writing, as well as contemporary pulp genre experiments that celebrate all forms of deviation, criminality and antisocial sentiments.

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Yoshi Wada & Tashi Wada

Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 8:00pm

Esteemed composer and Fluxus artist Yoshi Wada makes a rare NYC appearance accompanied by his son, composer Tashi Wada. Together, they present an expansive duo performance using a unique mixture of acoustic and electronic instruments including: sirens, alarm bells, audio generators, bagpipes and reed organ.