Past Events


Liturgy / Wreck and Reference / White Suns / Kyle Eyre Clyd

Sat, August 23, 2014 - 3:00pm

Pioneer Works: 159 Pioneer St., Brooklyn 11231

This all-day indoor/outdoor show crosses metal, noise and experimental electronics, headlined by Liturgy— their first reunited show as a quartet— alongside Californian post-metal duo Wreck and Reference, extreme-noise group White Suns, and noise/electronic artist Kyle Eyre Clyd, alias Penny Royale.


Mahmoud Ahmed + Trio X + Andrew Barker, Charles Waters, Daniel Carter + Soldier/Kane

Sat, July 26, 2014 - 3:00pm

Pioneer Works: 159 Pioneer St., Brooklyn 11231

A verified legend of African music, Ahmed led the wave of Ethiopian music’s 'golden age' of the 60s-70s with a notoriously energetic combination of traditional Amharic music with soul, jazz & funk. His stunning multi-octave voice has made him an international star for 40 years, despite relative obscurity in the US.

A special presentation of Feldman's rarely heard 4 1/2 hour epic, "For Philip Guston", culminates Either/Or's tenth-anniversary festival. This will be a rare performance of a masterwork of 20th century experimentalism, balancing the timbral beauty of this unique ensemble with Feldman's inimitable sense of scale.

Composer Pat Spadine's Ashcan Orchestra perform their two-act chamber opera Apollo's Accidental Answer in it's entirety for the first time. Re-imagining of the ancient myth of Cassandra, the work presents an eyewitness account of the evolution of the universe, over a sculptural backdrop of televisions.

This special evening hosted by Marc Ribot and Howard Wolfson benefits the Frantz Casséus Young Guitarists Program in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti with a program of works by and in tribute to the great composer and teacher. Marc Ribot, along with other disciples and collaborators of Casséus.


Circuit des Yeux / Tsembla / Kuupuu

Sat, June 14, 2014 - 8:00pm

A combination of folk chanteuse and noise maven, Chicago-based Circuit des Yeux AKA Haley Fohr’s sound vacillates seamlessly between lo-fi and effortless-sounding songwriting sophistication. She appears alongside solo sets by Tsembla and Kuupuu, two experimental artists at the center of Finland's psych-folk scene.


SOLD OUT! William Basinski: Cascade

Wed, June 11, 2014 - 8:00pm

Composer William Basinski has been active for over three decades, creating a vast body of haunting and melancholic soundscapes that have secured his place as an icon of contemporary ambient music. Tonight he performs solo, returning to ISSUE with the New York premiere of his recent evening-length work "Cascade".

Francisco López makes a rare NY appearance creating an immersive sonic experience in the dark, with multi-channel sound and blindfolded audience. Taylor Deupree and Stephen Vitiello, label-mates and collaborators, perform a unique duo featuring modular synthesizers, field recordings and guitar.

Part of Movement Research's "Fallow Time" Festival, "Prepared Field" is an evening that invites multiplicity in the sensory and self. Graze on performance, sculpture and film that bump up against the festival’s themes. Lily Gold, Macklin Kowal, Zavé Martohardjono, Honey McMoney & more perform.

For their first performance at ISSUE the Peter Evans Quintet debuts five new compositions by Evans including pieces dedicated to biologist Lynn Margulis and musician/composer Alice Coltrane, in addition to improvisatory platforms for the unique playing styles of the band members.

The second day of Tectonics Festival turns attention to Harley Gaber. His monumental "The Winds Rise in the North", a pillar of American minimalism, is performed here by a quintet including extraordinary string players Conrad Harris, Pauline Kim, Esther Noh, Alex Waterman and Erin Wight.


Nazoranai / Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe

Wed, May 21, 2014 - 9:00pm

The Knitting Factory: 361 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn

LOCATION CHANGED! ISSUE, The Wick & desertshore present Nazoronai in their first NY show. A recent collaboration of the legendary Keiji Haino, Stephen O’Malley and Oren Ambarchi, Nazoranai unites 3 extraordinary operators of doom, noise and power electronics. With support from Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe AKA Lichens.


Graham Lambkin + Devin DiSanto

Mon, May 12, 2014 - 8:00pm

A unique presence in underground culture for the past twenty years, multidisciplinary artist Graham Lambkin makes a rare solo appearance to celebrate the opening of his solo exhibition at AVA. With support from Devin DiSanto, who explores presence in incidental sound and labor-oriented approaches to performance.


The Imprint of the City

Fri, May 9, 2014 - 7:30pm

Van Alen Institute’s Spring 2014 Events launch at ISSUE with a fast-paced medley of music, poetry, personal reflections, conversations, and performances by designers, artists, musicians, writers, social scientists, and others exploring the meaning of well-being, and the effects of the city on our minds and bodies.


Jacob Kirkegaard: ISFALD

Fri, May 2, 2014 - 8:00pm

Berlin-based Danish sound artist Jacob Kirkegaard presents ISFALD, a recent immersive solo soundwork. The piece features the sounds of ice, recorded with underwater microphones at the Ilulissat icefjord and with vibration sensors at the melting glaciers of Kangerlussuaq, Greenland in June 2013.