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Elliott Sharp: Port Bou

Thu, October 16, 2014 - 8:00pm
Fri, 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 Guy Klucevsek, and electro-acoustic backgrounds by Sharp.


The Ashcan Orchestra: Apollo's Accidental Answer

Fri, June 27, 2014 - 8:00pm

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.

Events   |  Artists-In-Residence 2014

Peter Evans Quintet

Thu, May 29, 2014 - 8:00pm

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.

Events   |  Artists-In-Residence 2014

Peter Evans

Fri, January 10, 2014 - 8:00pm

Peter Evans opens his 2014 residency with a solo trumpet performance, a format he has been working with for over a decade. Improvisation is used as a method of pressurizing and slowly refining materials from concert to concert, a process of using the known as a catapult to the unknown.

Program Announcements

Artists-In-Residence 2014


ISSUE is pleased to announce the selection of our 2014 Artists-in-Residence: Raul De Nieves, Moriah Evans, Peter Evans, Georgia Sagri, and Gillian Walsh. ISSUE's AIR program offers artists an opportunity to develop significant new works in partnership with ISSUE over the course of the year.

Events   |  Artists-in-Residence 2013

Jules Rosskam & Madsen Minax: GHOST TRIP

Sat, December 14, 2013 - 8:00pm

Artist-In-Residence Jules Rosskam premieres a new collaboration with Madsen Minax, GHOST TRIP. A series of short videos features live musical accompaniment as both structured and improvisational responses to the visuals. Minax performs on a range of instruments, and facilitates the emergence of a makeshift chorus.

Events   |  Artists-in-Residence 2013

James Hoff

Wed, December 11, 2013 - 8:00pm

James Hoff debuts two new compositions for tuba and French horn exploring the concept of involuntary musical imagery, or earworms. Manipulated disco and pop songs are pitched, cut, and re-arranged into new works reflecting the cinematic character of the earworm phenomena in the original songs.

Events   |  Artists-in-Residence 2013

Sabisha Friedberg: In (the limbs) of letters, not the bellows

Thu, November 7, 2013 - 8:00pm
Fri, November 8, 2013 - 12:00pm
Sat, November 9, 2013 - 12:00pm

A series of texts written by artist serves as the sonic foundation of this live solo multi-channel voice, electronic and acoustic instrumental piece. The work is premiered in a live performance on Thursday evening, and continues as an installation on view 12-6pm on Friday and Saturday afternoon.

Events   |  Artists-in-Residence 2013

SOLD OUT! devynn emory "This room this braid"

Sat, January 18, 2014 - 8:00pm
Sun, January 19, 2014 - 4:00pm
The Actors Fund Arts Center, 160 Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn 11201

SOLD OUT, tickets for Sunday still available. "This room this braid" premieres, a new work by choreographer devynn emory. Commissioned as part of ISSUE’s Artist-In-Residence program, the piece features devynn emory joined by dancer Aretha Aoki, with sound by Ryan MacDonald, and sets by painter RJ Messineo.

Events   |  Artists-in-Residence 2013

Ben Vida: Damaged Particulates

Thu, October 17, 2013 - 8:00pm
ISSUE Project Room, 22 Boerum Place, Brooklyn

Ben Vida performs the East Coast Premiere of Damages Particulates, an eleven movement solo composition for fixed and live electronics presented in four channel expanded stereo. The program also includes his recent work "Extraction", accompanied by a micro-lecture on the theme of "Extraction" by curator Anthony Elms.

Events   |  Artists-in-Residence 2013

James Hoff

Thu, April 25, 2013 - 8:00pm
155 Freeman St., Brooklyn (Greenpoint)

Paralleling his recent series devoted to the overlap between idea-based art, culture bound illnesses, and conceptual poetics, James Hoff is devoting his residency to exploring the concept of involuntary musical imagery, or earworms. Here he gives a performative lecture on his research and compositional strategies.

Events   |  Artists-in-Residence 2013

Ben Vida

Thu, March 28, 2013 - 8:00pm
ISSUE Project Room, 22 Boerum Place, Brooklyn

For the opening performance of his residency, electronic composer Ben Vida premieres a new solo composition for digital and analog synthesis, followed by a talk with artist Michael Bell-Smith, and a new work for trio with Tyondai Braxton of Battles and Sara Magenheimer.

Events   |  Artists-in-Residence 2013

Sabisha Friedberg: "Hinterkante, Resonanz (Hoffe Axiom)"

Thu, April 11, 2013 - 8:00pm
ISSUE Project Room, 22 Boerum Place, Brooklyn

Sabisha Friedberg presents Hinterkante, Resonanz (Hoffe Axiom), a new chamber piece for acoustic instruments, modified subwoofers, and voice. The work draws on extremes of perception in the lower end of the sonic spectrum: the opening of a psychoacoustic territory which deals exclusively with bass tones.

Events   |  Artists-in-Residence 2013

Jules Rosskam: No Place But Between Us

Sat, March 30, 2013 - 8:00pm
ISSUE Project Room, 22 Boerum Place, Brooklyn

Jules Rosskam invites you to an exploration of a no-good-place. A performative lecture of research on utopia— presented as an open rehearsal for Rosskam's ‘live film’ in July— "No Place But Between Us" investigates utopia not as a distant, ever unreachable, ideal world, but as a force that exists in and between us.

Events   |  Emerging Artists Commissions 2012

SOLD OUT, Michelle Boulé: WONDER

Thu, May 30, 2013 - 8:00pm
Fri, May 31, 2013 - 8:00pm
Gallim Dance Studio, the Church of St. Luke and St. Matthew, 520 Clinton Ave, Brooklyn 11238

SOLD OUT! A new solo commission by dancer Michelle Boulé, WONDER is an invitation to witness a body in a performance encounter where a shared space of curiosity and possibility is laid bare. In a continuous cycle of costumes and personas, Boulé explores archetypes and definitions of gender, identity, and virtuosity.

Events   |  Artists-in-Residence 2013

devynn emory

Fri, April 19, 2013 - 8:00pm
ISSUE Project Room, 22 Boerum Place, Brooklyn

devynn emory, known for structured, formal, and spatially detailed dances, presents a semi-collaborative text piece with vocalist Margot Bassett: a collision of emory's formal movement structure, pushing away from the body and through the mouth to create hyper composed sounds.

Events   |  Artists-in-Residence 2012

Aki Onda & Paul Clipson

Sat, February 23, 2013 - 4:00pm
Sat, February 23, 2013 - 8:00pm
155 Freeman St., Brooklyn (Greenpoint)

Cassette musician Aki Onda collaborates with a San Fransisco based filmmaker Paul Clipson for his final performance of the 2012 Artist-in-Residence series. An investigation of personal, intuitive spaces, Onda and Clipson render images and sounds as if a fragmented journey of landscapes and memories.

Program Announcements

Artists-in-Residence 2013


ISSUE Project Room is pleased to announce our Artists in Residence for 2013: James Hoff, Ben Vida, devynn emory, Jules Rosskam, and Sabisha Friedberg.

Events   |  Artists-in-Residence 2012

Sergei Tcherepnin w/ Lucy Dodd: “Tropical Year Zero”

Thu, December 20, 2012 - 8:00pm
Church of St. Luke & St. Matthew, 520 Clinton Ave, Brooklyn

Sergei Tcherepnin constructs temporary architectural interventions that push phenomena of the sonorous towards the haptic. For the final installment of his residency at ISSUE Project Room, Tcherepnin and artist Lucy Dodd present Tropical Year Zero, a sonic dramaturgy marking the end of the k’atun cycles.

Events   |  Artists-in-Residence 2012

Hunter Hunt-Hendrix: OIOION

Tue, November 13, 2012 - 5:30pm
Printed Matter, 195 10th Avenue, NYC

For his final performance of the 2012 AIR series, Hunter Hunt-Hendrix will present selections from the ever-in-progress libretto for the opera "OIOION", including the poem "Stations of the Arkwork", which follows in the wake of his controversial 2009 essay "Transcendental Black Metal: A Vision of Apocalyptic Humanism".

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