Events   |  Littoral

Evan Calder Williams: “Violent X” with Taku Unami

Sat, April 19, 2014 - 8:00pm

The US Premiere of Evan Calder Williams' film "Violent X" features a live improvised soundtrack by Tokyo-based Taku Unami with Williams, joining a work of pulp and radical history to early instances of cinema narration and accompaniment. In a second set, Unami collaborates with Eugene Thacker and Jarrod Fowler.

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Jason Lescalleet: "Trophy Tape"

Fri, April 18, 2014 - 7:30pm
Anthology Film Archives: 32 Second Ave, NYC 10003

ISSUE & Antholgy team up for an eclectic/electric evening with Jason Lescalleet, one of America’s most dedicated sound artists. Lescalleet commissioned 13 artists to create videos for the 13 tracks on the first disc of "Songs About Nothing", tonight features the audio-visual album plus shorts by collaborators.

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Mark Fell

Fri, April 11, 2014 - 8:00pm

Leftfield British electronics producer Mark Fell presents a tonal mix of extended duration including new and unreleased works by himself as well as references to the various traditions that have informed his practice, establishing a dialogue between techno, the American minimalists and tonal spectralism.

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Tomutonttu / Jooklo Duo with Bill Nace

Thu, April 10, 2014 - 8:00pm

Tomutonttu AKA Finnish sound artist Jan Anderzén (Kemialliset Ystävät) returns to ISSUE for a rare US show— an ecstatic combination of reed streams, mutilated voices, groovy animal noises. Italian free jazz combo Jooklo Duo collaborate with guitarist Bill Nace, best known as half of Body/Head.

Events   |  Littoral

David Grubbs: "Records Ruin the Landscape" Book Launch

Tue, April 8, 2014 - 8:00pm

David Grubbs reads from "Records Ruin the Landscape: John Cage, the Sixties, and Sound Recording", his long-awaited study of the role of sound recordings in representing experimental music of the 1960s. Grubbs is joined in discussion by a "jukebox jury" including Branden W. Joseph, Lisa Kahlden, and Marina Rosenfeld.

Events   |  Unsound Festival NY 2014

Bocian Showcase: Paal Nilssen-Love / James Rushford & Joe Talia / Kapital

Sun, April 6, 2014 - 6:00pm

Unsound closes with a spotlight on Bocian Records. Kaptial merge electro-acoustics and psychedelic guitar. James Rushford & Joe Talia engage a palette of extended instrumental timbre and submerged synthesizers. Master Norwegian free jazz drummer Paal Nilssen-Love plays solo.

Events   |  Unsound Festival NY 2014

SOLD OUT! Ben Vida “Damaged Particulates (undersong edition)”

Sun, April 6, 2014 - 4:45pm
Experimental Intermedia: 224 Centre St, NYC

“Damaged Particulates (undersong edition)” is a new exploration of sub bass created by one the most prolific sound artists and electronic musicians in New York today, Ben Vida. Low frequencies will be transmitted directly to your body through seat-backs equipped with SubPac, a high-fidelity tactile audio system.

Events   |  Unsound Festival NY 2014

SOLD OUT! Ben Vida “Damaged Particulates (undersong edition)”

Sun, April 6, 2014 - 3:30pm
Experimental Intermedia: 224 Centre St, NYC

“Damaged Particulates (undersong edition)” is a new exploration of sub bass created by one the most prolific sound artists and electronic musicians in New York today, Ben Vida. Low frequencies will be transmitted directly to your body through seat-backs equipped with SubPac, a high-fidelity tactile audio system.

Events   |  Unsound Festival NY 2014

SOLD OUT! Ben Vida “Damaged Particulates (undersong edition)”

Sun, April 6, 2014 - 2:15pm
Experimental Intermedia: 224 Centre St, NYC

“Damaged Particulates (undersong edition)” is a new exploration of sub bass created by one the most prolific sound artists and electronic musicians in New York today, Ben Vida. Low frequencies will be transmitted directly to your body through seat-backs equipped with SubPac, a high-fidelity tactile audio system.

Events   |  Unsound Festival NY 2014

Sean Meehan & Ben Manley / Håkon Stene / Hubert Zemler

Sat, April 5, 2014 - 3:00pm

An afternoon percussion concert is headlined by Sean Meehan & Ben Manely, veterans of the NY scene since the 80s, who improvise duo. Warsaw-based Hubert Zemler plays solo, crossing new music, world music and improvisation. Norway’s Håkon Stene performs works by Lars Petter Hagen and Michael Pisaro.

Events   |  Unsound Festival NY 2014

Demdike Stare's "Concealed" / Phill Niblock / Stara Rzeka

Fri, April 4, 2014 - 8:00pm
First Unitarian Congregational Society: 116 Pierrepont St., Brooklyn, 11201

A special presentation of Demdike Stare’s audio-visual work “Concealed” is performed the Sinfonietta Cracovia players. Phill Niblock presents and solo work as well as "Unipolar Dance" for two violins. Stara Rzeka, a key player in Poland’s experimental scene offers "magical brutalism", blurring black metal and ambient.

Events   |  Unsound Festival NY 2014

Oren Ambarchi: Knots / EVOL play Hanne Darboven

Wed, April 2, 2014 - 8:00pm

UNSOUND OPENING NIGHT: Oren Ambarchi presents a live version of “Knots” featuring percussionist Joe Talia and violist James Rushford leading the Sinfonietta Cracovia players. Spanish computer-music outfit EVOL premiere a new reinterpretation of conceptual artist and composer Hanne Darboven's legendary piece "Opus 17a".

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String Theories: Eli Keszler, Catherine Lamb, Zach Layton & Doron Sadja

Thu, March 27, 2014 - 8:00pm
Roulette: 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn 11217

The String Orchestra of Brooklyn performs the World Premiere of four new works by young composers at the forefront of composition and improvisation: Eli Keszler, Catherine Lamb, Zach Layton, and Doron Sadja. Now in its third edition, this year's "String Theories" is presented in collaboration with Roulette.

Chris Brown, piano, Suzanne Thorpe, flute, and Nate Wooley, trumpet, perform improvised electroacoustic music using timbres and textures that emerge from extended instrumental techniques and live electronic transformation. Composer Alexandra Gardner presents two compositions for solo instruments and electronics.

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Coppice / Anne Guthrie & Richard Kamerman

Fri, March 21, 2014 - 8:00pm

An evening exploring relationships of wind and electronics: Chicago's Coppice uncover sonic textures and compositional ideas peculiar to their unique setup of bellows and electronics. They are joined by Anne Guthrie and Richard Kamerman, a compositional collaborative whose long-form works emerged recently via ErstAEU.

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Alan Licht & Brian Chase / Mary Halvorson & Joe Morris

Fri, March 14, 2014 - 8:00pm

Guitarist Alan Licht and percussionist Brian Chase (Yeah Yeah Yeahs) celebrate the release of their debut album "We Thought We Could Do Anything". Outstanding improvisors and guitarists Mary Halvorson and Joe Morris perform duo.

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Charlemagne Palestine, solo organ

Thu, March 6, 2014 - 8:00pm
Plymouth Church: 75 Hicks St, Brooklyn 11201

ISSUE is pleased to present the inimitable Charlemagne Palestine in his first-ever NY organ performance. A self-described “maximalist composer”, Palestine originally developed his organ technique in 1964. Tonight he performs on one of NYC's most distinctive instruments: the Aeolian-Skinner organ at Plymouth Church.

Events   |  MATA Interval

Moby Dick: Extracts on Death and Other Curiosities

Fri, February 21, 2014 - 8:00pm

Composers collective West 4th New Music and Contemporaneous join forces with MATA to create an evening-length oratorio inspired by Herman Melville’s classic Moby Dick. With a libretto adapted from the original text, the composers of W4 collectively explore Melville's literary themes. With visuals by artist Andy Cahill.