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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Michael Pisaro's foray into experimental-pop, Tombstones, reconstitutes traces and fragments of the voice. Lawrence Kumpf speaks with Pisaro, Julia Holter and Jason Brogan about Tombstones in anticipation of their October 3rd performance.
In anticipation of their final residency performance, Yarn/Wire's Russell Greenberg poses questions to composers Andrew McIntosh, Chris Burns, and Elizabeth Adams. The ensemble premieres new works by each composer in their September 29th, 2012 performance.
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...
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...
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.
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.
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.
On the eve of the fourth annual"Darmstadt Institute: Classics of the Avant-Garde", curators Nick Hallett and Zach Layton have a lively conversation on the works to be performed throughout this month-long festival.
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.
Norway’s Jenny Hval combines avant-garde structures with music at the edge of pop, working with explicit lyrics exploring sex and gender, and subverting expectations. In anticipation of her April 18th performance as part of Unsound Festival NY, she speaks with ISSUE curator Lawrence Kumpf about her work and process.
For the first concert of their residency, Yarn/Wire has collaborated on two new pieces: one by percussionist/composer Nathan Davis and another by electronic artist Pete Swanson, best known for his work with Yellow Swans. Here, Yarn/Wire percussionist Ian Antonio speaks with ISSUE curator Lawrence Kumpf.