Residencies + Commissions




Yarn/Wire/Currents is an ongoing collaboration with piano and percussion ensemble Yarn/Wire, inaugurated in 2013. The series serves as an incubator for new experimental music, programs explore the intersections of composition, technology, installation, live performance, music theater, and more.


Tue, June 23, 2015 - 8pm

C Spencer Yeh: SOLO VOICE I-X

Artists-In-Residence 2015

Artists Space Books & Talks: 55 Walker St., NYC 10013

Artist, composer and improvisor C. Spencer Yeh opens his ISSUE residency with a solo performance celebrating the release of his first LP devoted entirely to the voice, "Solo Voice I – X" on Primary Information. Strategies from the recorded document serve as guidelines and a starting point for a new solo improvisation.

David Behrman presents his classic "Wave Train" and the ensemble work "Long Throw." James Rushford & Klaus Lang play a first-time duo. A solo program by Joseph Kubera includes works by Julius Eastman, Chiyoko Szlavnics, and Barbara Monk Feldman. Beth Griffith sings work by “postminimalist” John McGuire.


Thu, May 7, 2015 - 8pm

Works by Nate Young & Mario Diaz de Leon, Klaus Lang, Morton Feldman & Annea Lockwood

Tectonics Festival New York 2015

First Unitarian Congregational Society: 116 Pierrepont St., Brooklyn 11201

Tectonics Festival opens at the First Unitarian church, utilizing their pipe organ in works by Klaus Lang, as well as Feldman performed by James Rushford. Yarn/Wire play works of Lang and Annea Lockwood. Nate Young of Wolf Eyes and Mario Diaz de Leon premiere a newly commissioned collaboration for large ensemble.


Sun, March 8, 2015 - 12pm

Georgia Sagri: Daily Bread

Artists-In-Residence 2014

On view beginning March 8, Georgia Sagri’s Daily Bread is a streaming online exhibition and series of public and private performances conveying states of loss, mourning and offering. Sagri performs throughout the installation, in live readings and voice-over, with musical accompaniment by Hunter Hunt-Hendrix.


Sat, February 21, 2015 - 12pm

Kim Brandt

Artists-In-Residence 2015

Audio Visual Arts: 34 E. 1st St., NYC 10003

Choreographer Kim Brandt opens her 2015 residency with a new durational work premiering at Audio Visual Arts from 12-6pm. The untitled piece is an inquiry of the human form as a material, revealing what happens when a method, formal system or ideology is laid upon the body.


Mon, February 16, 2015 - 8pm

Dawn Kasper, Music For Matter: ENERGY INTO MATTER

Artists-In-Residence 2015

Artists Space Books & Talks: 55 Walker Street, NYC 10013

Comprised of improvisationally layered archival field recordings, drums, bells, and prerecorded analog sound, performance artists Dawn Kasper’s new composition is loosely inspired by “The Music of The Spheres”, illustrating the movement of the Sun, Moon, and planets as music.

Raúl De Nieves presents DE FEET N JOY a pop-up “shoe store” and sculptural installation transforming the lobby of our 22 Boerum Place theater, on weekdays Dec 10-19. Derived from, and often worn in the artist’s performances, the objects present new ideas on the practicality of sculpture and installation.

In eight performances, choreographer Moriah Evans premieres "Social Dance 1-8: index", commissioned as part of ISSUE's Artist-In-Residence program. Created especially for ISSUE's theater, the work investigates a system of patterns that propel bodies through space and affective states. All shows SOLD OUT!

Lea Bertucci opens her ISSUE Residency with the premiere of "The Cepheid Variations I + II", a pair of new works for pre-recorded sound collage and strings. Born out of an interest in the timbral and acoustic possibilities of harmonics, the pieces combine extended techniques for cello and viola with concrete sound.

Raúl De Nieves closes his 2014 ISSUE Residency with "Heel Yourself", an immersive 20-channel audio installation built from the sounds of ABBA's 1979 classic "Voulez Vous", mixed live from vinyl simultaneously by 20 turntables. The night includes live performances by Sadaf H. Nava and Whitney Vangrin.

ISSUE is pleased to announce the selection of our 2015 Artists-in-Residence: Lea Bertucci, Kim Brandt, Dawn Kasper, Mariana Valencia, Evan Calder Williams, and C. Spencer Yeh will premiere new commissions in 2015.

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