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Harley Gaber, scores for "The Winds Rise in the North"
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Eric Richards on Harley Gaber

Composer Eric Richards on the life and work of his friend and colleague Harley Gaber, originally published following the composer's death in 2011. Gaber is the subject of a composer portrait on Saturday May 24th as part of Tectonics Festival NY.

Film still by Jules Rosskam
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Jules Rosskam with Robert Sember

2013 Artist-In-Residence Jules Rosskam speaks with artist and Ultra-red member Robert Sember on engaging community as an artist and teacher, and representing identities as both a mirror and rebuttal.

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James Hoff with Lawrence Kumpf

2013 Artist-In-Residence James Hoff, has maintained a strong focus on distributed forms and experiments with language, bringing him up to his current cross-disciplinary investigations with orally-transmitted syndromes, computer viruses, and ear worms, all of which are discussed here.

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David Grubbs on collaboration with Susan Howe

A collaboration that began in 2003, David Grubbs first encountered Susan Howe's written work in the early 1990s, and they have gone on to produce four major works in the course of a decade. Originally published in the Chicago Review, here Grubbs writes on their process and affinities. The duo perform Fri. October 25.

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devynn emory by Marissa Perel

Artist-in-Residence devynn emory in conversation with Marissa Perel on working with untrained performers, the voice, identity as subject matter, and emory's multiple permutations of dance composition.

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Carol Robinson and Frances-Marie Uitti with Annie Gosfield

Carol Robinson and Frances-Marie Uitti speak with composer Annie Gosfield about their many years of collaborations. Both composers themselves, the pair have worked extensively on new works and techniques that have expanded the fields of their respective instruments through electronics.

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Hunter Hunt-Hendrix with Juliet Forshaw

Musicologist Juliet Forshaw interviews 2012 Artist-in-Residence Hunter Hunt-Hendrix in anticipation of the final performance of his residency. Following his controversial chapbook Transcendental Black Metal, he presents selections from his ever-in-progress libretto for the opera “OIOION” November 13, 2012.

David von Becker courtesy Nationalgalerie im Hamburger Bahnhof
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Anthony McCall with David Grubbs

Visual artist Anthony McCall and guitarist and composer David Grubbs began working together in 2007 when McCall decided to tackle the issue of sound in his otherwise-silent, digital solid-light works. This interview took place in McCall's Manhattan studio in June 2012.

Akio Suzuki by Atsush Koyama
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Akio Suzuki with Aki Onda

In the last decade, I crossed paths with Akio Suzuki many times during my own travels around Europe and Japan. I have visited him at his place in Tango, Kyoto to see his famous masterpiece, Space in the Sun. In Osaka, we performed together for five hard, straight hours. Off stage, he is a warm and gentle...

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Nate Wooley interviews Mazen Kerbaj

I met Mazen at Penn Station about 7 years ago. I helped him navigate the chaotic “Chinatown bus” system and we had our first conversation on our way to play a series of concerts with saxophonist Jack Wright in Philadelphia that same night. I had heard a lot about Kerbaj, but was unprepared for what I heard...

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The Early Years: Mike Harding and Ken Montgomery

Touch labelhead Mike Harding discusses cultural cross-currents and happenings across the sea with Ken Montgomery. Paralleling the life of Touch for 30 years, Montgomery's work and performance has used sound as the primary source material. Montgomery finds novel ways to work with sound and the experience of listening.

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Marina Rosenfeld with Philip Jeck

Known equally as a composer of large-scale performances and an experimental turntablist, Marina Rosenfeld is a leading voice in the hybridization between visual art and music. Rosenfeld discusses working methods and influences with fellow turntablist Philip Jeck in anticipation of his upcoming concert for Touch.30.

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Irene Moon with Marcus Davidson

American entomologist, performance artist, musician, playwright, actor, and filmmaker, Irene Moon, talks with Marcus Davidson about The Bee Symphony , field recordings and Schoenberg’s theory of resonances in anticipation of the September 15th performance as part of Touch.30 Live in NYC.

Che Chen and Chie Mukai performing at Next Sunday, Tokyo, February 23, 2011.
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Che Chen interview by David Leigh

A conversation between artist David Leigh and Emerging Artist Commission recipient Che Chen explores Chen's diverse collaborative practice as a composer, improvisor, and publisher.

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The Supernova Procession

Cauleen Smith speaks with Clair Tancons about The Supernova Procession, a genre-bending Sun Ra-inflected procession as the culmination of her residency at ISSUE project room.

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Jen Rosenblit and Jules Gimbrone

Jen Rosenblit and Jules Gimbrone in conversation about Pastor Pasture, a 2012 Emerging Artists Commission, premiering at ISSUE May 11, 2012.

Cecil Taylor by Peter Gannushkin downtownmusic.net
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With Cecil Taylor

Legendary pianist and poet Cecil Taylor is one of the greatest improvisers in the history of modern jazz. On the occasion of his performance at ISSUE, he muses on his childhood, the evolution of his composition, and shares his poetry.

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