“Brooklyn’s leading venue for music on the edge.”
-The New Yorker

“Little Carnegie…it cultivates a studied unpredictability.”
-New York Magazine

“A necessity for New York City: it’s a nexus for established and emerging artists whose work encompasses several fields. The organization eschews the politics of experimental genres, not afraid to program hyper academic experimentalism, no wave, and the most intuitive outsider folk music all in the same season.”
-WQXR Q2 blog

"Their programming…has stayed savvy and relevant.”
-Village Voice

“One of the warmest and best-sounding venues in New York.”
-Artforum

“A major presenter of experimental music…ideas percolate, aesthetic lines blur, new approaches are explored, refined or discarded. The results are invariably thought-provoking.”
-Wall Street Journal

“An indispensible site of offbeat programming.”
-Alex Ross for The New Yorker

“ISSUE Project Room is an example of open-minded, ecumenical presenting at its very best, offering a huge range of ideas without judgment, educating without lecturing, maintaining a casual but committed we’re-all-in-this-together-so-let’s-enjoy-it spirit that is intimate but never amateurish.”
-Brooklyn Rail

 

Press Articles

11.12.13 When Kim Gordon Will Be the Theme: Brooklyn's Issue Project Room Prepares to Fête the Performer
Tad Hendrickson in The Wall Street Journal

9.05.13 What’s an Avant-Garde Evening Without a Poet and Plush Toys? Steve Dalachinsky and Charlemagne Palestine
Steve Smith in the New York Times

09.02.13 An Experimental Dialogue: Issue Project Room's Ten Years Alive on the Infinite Plain
Rebecca Bratburd in The Wall Street Journal

6.10.13 Struggling Up a Mountain, Led by a Trumpet Blast: ‘Seven Storey Mountain,’ by Nate Wooley
Steve Smith in the New York Times

6.09.13 From Chopin to Ethiopia, and Partway Back Again: Girma Yifrashewa, Pianist-Composer
Steve Smith in the New York Times

5.06.13 An Intentional Spectacle: HPSCHD at Eyebeam
Steve Smith in the New York Times

4.22.13 Volume Set To Fortissimo: Keiji Haino at ISSUE Project Room and the Whitney
Ben Ratliff in the New York Times

3.26.13 After a Series of Setbacks, a Music Collective Reopens Its Doors
Colin Weatherby in the New York Times Cityroom Blog

2.22.13 Artworks Are Luck of a Draw
Nell Alk in the Wall Street Journal

1.18.13 Rock, Paper, Scissors, Guitar and Sound: Keith Rowe With Graham Lambkin and Michael Pisaro
Ben Ratliff in the New York Times

1.15.13 Issue Project Room Withstands Its Growing Pains
Andy Battaglia in the Wall Street Journal

12.12 On Location: Voices and Echoes
Kurt Gottschalk in The WIRE Magazine, December 2012

11.28.12 I Become the Body Electric: Sergei Tcherepnin’s Music for One at Issue Project Room
Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim in The New York Times

11.12 On Location: Touch.30 Festival
Dave Mandl in The WIRE Magazine, November 2012

9.16.12 In a Dark Church, Nuances of Sound Turn Symphonic: Eleh at Our Lady of Lebanon Cathedral in Brooklyn Heights
Ben Ratliff in The New York Times

7.12.12 Cecil Taylor, Home At Last
George Grella in The Brooklyn Rail

7.3.12 Tribute to Composer Revered for Her Iconoclastic Ways: Pauline Oliveros Tribute at Darmstadt Institute
Steve Smith in The New York Times

6.14.12 A Birthday Concert in Three Parts, Philip Glass: Music with Friends
Zachary Woolfe in The New York Times

5.10.12 The Jazz Scene: Studying Up With Cecil's Subjects
Will Friedwald in The Wall Street Journal

5.03.12 Cecil Taylor's Keyboard Legacy: Lessons From the Dean of the School of Improv
Ben Ratliff in The New York Times

5.01.12 Cecil Taylor: "A Celebration of the Maestro"
Steve Smith in Time Out New York

4.26.12 Better Chanted Than Read: Poetry Out Loud at ISSUE Project Room
Amanda Petrusich in The New York Times

3.25.12 Bell Tones Are Ringing in Percussion and Piano Program: Yarn/Wire Plays Percussion and Piano at Issue Project Room
Steve Smith in The New York Times

1.27.12 New Music Opens a New Hall: Wet Ink in Gaudeamus Muziekweek at New Issue Project Room
Allan Koznin in The New York Times

7.01.11 Continuing a Continuing Story by Renewing His Early New Music: David Borden at Issue Project Room
Allan Kozinn in The New York Times

4.2.11 Playing It Unsafe at the Unsound Festival
Steve Dollar in The Wall Street Journal

12.11.11 Raising a New Issue in Downtown Brooklyn
Steve Dollar in The Wall Street Journal

4.15.10 Issue Project Room Opens with a Morton Feldman Marathon
in Blouin ArtInfo

4.12.10 An All-Day Concert, but Only One Piece Was Performed
Steve Smith in The New York Times

12.07.10 A New Leader in the Room: Brooklyn's Leading Avant-Garde Venue Confronts Obstacles and Opportunities
Steve Dollar in The Wall Street Journal

12.02.10 Celebrating New Music, Just Off the Beaten Path
Steve Smith in The New York Times

7.06.09 Symphony of the City: The Make Music festival overtakes New York
Alex Ross in The New Yorker

12.6.09 Yesterday’s Avant-Garde as Today’s Durable Works: Darmstadt Institute at Issue Project Room
Steve Smith in The New York Times

10.20.08 Backstage With Issue Project Room's Suzanne Fiol
Tom Murrin in Papermag

5.06.08 Issue Project Room Moves Again: A nomadic experimental-music spot gets a lovely (and hopefully permanent) new home
Annie Fischer in The Village Voice

5.11.07 Off the Beaten Beat
Melena Ryzik in The New York Times

4.16.07 Sites and Sounds: Filling in the new music map
Alex Ross in The New Yorker