Residencies + Commissions

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Artists-In-Residence 2014

Raúl De Nieves: DE FEET N JOY

Wed, December 10, 2014 - 12:00pm
Fri, December 19, 2014 - 6:00pm

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.

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Artists-In-Residence 2014

Moriah Evans, Social Dance 1-8: Index

Thu, January 22, 2015 - 8:00pm
Fri, January 23, 2015 - 8:00pm
Sat, January 24, 2015 - 8:00pm
Sun, January 25, 2015 - 8:00pm
Thu, January 29, 2015 - 8:00pm
Fri, January 30, 2015 - 8:00pm
Sat, January 31, 2015 - 8:00pm
Sun, February 1, 2015 - 8:00pm

In eight performances Jan 22-Feb 1, 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. Limited seating!

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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Artists-In-Residence 2014

Peter Evans

Sat, December 20, 2014 - 8:00pm

Peter Evans closes his 2014 residency with a solo trumpet performance. 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 that is a central focus of Evans' residency and work in general.

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Artists-In-Residence 2014

SOLD OUT! Raúl De Nieves & Colin Self: The Fool

Tue, November 11, 2014 - 8:00pm
Wed, November 12, 2014 - 8:00pm
Thu, November 13, 2014 - 8:00pm

PRE-SALE SOLD OUT, limited door tickets! Artist-in-Residence Raúl De Nieves & Colin Self premiere their new chamber opera, "The Fool." A four-act work for chorus and string-ensemble, "The Fool" is a mystical and allegorical journey performed by a group of friends on a quest to unite themselves one with the other.

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Marcus Schmickler & Yarn/Wire

Fri, November 7, 2014 - 8:00pm

Piano/percussion quartet Yarn/Wire premiere a new piece by German experimentalist Marcus Schmickler, a microtonal score for keyboards and mallets, juxtaposing fixed pitch with pitch continua. Schmickler also presents a new eight-channel electronics work, tracing parallels between linguistics and sound.

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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 William Schimmel, and electro-acoustic backgrounds by Sharp.

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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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