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