Residencies + Commissions

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Artists-In-Residence 2014

Raúl De Nieves & Colin Self: The Fool

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 8:00pm
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 8:00pm
Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 8:00pm

Artist-in-Residence Raúl De Nieves and Colin Self premiere their new multimedia chamber opera, "The Fool." A four-act work scored for chorus and string-ensemble, "The Fool" is a mystical and allegorical journey performed by a group of friends in their quest to unite themselves one with the other.

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Marcus Schmickler & Yarn/Wire

Friday, November 7, 2014 - 8:00pm

Piano/percussion quartet Yarn/Wire premiere a new work by German experimentalist Marcus Schmickler, a microtonal work 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

Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 8:00pm
Friday, 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.

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Artists-In-Residence 2014

Peter Evans Quintet

Thursday, 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.

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Artists-In-Residence 2014

Peter Evans

Friday, 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

Wednesday, 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

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

Thursday, November 7, 2013 - 8:00pm
Friday, November 8, 2013 - 12:00pm
Saturday, 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.

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Artists-in-Residence 2013

SOLD OUT! devynn emory "This room this braid"

Saturday, January 18, 2014 - 8:00pm
Sunday, 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

Thursday, 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

Thursday, 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

Thursday, 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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Artists-in-Residence 2013

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

Thursday, 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.

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Artists-in-Residence 2013

Jules Rosskam: No Place But Between Us

Saturday, 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.

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Emerging Artists Commissions 2012

SOLD OUT, Michelle Boulé: WONDER

Thursday, May 30, 2013 - 8:00pm
Friday, 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.

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Artists-in-Residence 2013

devynn emory

Friday, 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.

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Artists-in-Residence 2012

Aki Onda & Paul Clipson

Saturday, February 23, 2013 - 4:00pm
Saturday, 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.

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Artists-in-Residence 2012

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

Thursday, 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.

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