William Basinski / Kara-Lis Coverdale / YATTA

Thu 07 Sep, 2017, 8pm

First Unitarian Congregational Society

ISSUE Project Room's 2017 Fall season opens at the First Unitarian Congregational Society in Brooklyn Heights with celebrated composer and process-musician William Basinski, Montreal-based composer, musician and producer Kara-Lis Coverdale, and Houston-born digipoet and musician YATTA each in solo performance. Join as an ISSUE Project Room Member at any level and get a free ticket to the performance.

A longtime ISSUE friend, Artistic Advisory Board member, and essential pioneer of extended repetition and disintegration, Basinski’s return to ISSUE follows a profound history with the organization, including the 2014 premiere of “Cascade,” his participation in 10 Years Alive On The Infinite Plain in 2013, his honoring at ISSUE’s Arcadia Gala in 2011, and many years of collaboration throughout ISSUE’s early history.

Active for over three decades, Basinski has a vast body of haunting and melancholic soundscapes that have secured his place as an icon of contemporary experimental music. His most recent work A Shadow In Time is a eulogy to David Bowie that explores the “two artists’ shared concern with how to make time, change, and death their own.” The album’s two tracks have been described as some of his “his most blissful (“A Shadow in Time”) and sorrowful (“For David Robert Jones”)” work to date, furthering his focused study of mourning, loss, and dedication that has become his signature.

Driven by a patient devotion to sonic afterlife, space, and emotive curiosity, Kara-Lis Coverdale’s compositions occupy a new plane built upon histories of erudite computer music and symphonic writing, as can be heard in her hybrid organ and piano works mediated by electronics and digital interfaces. Coverdale is a classically and academically trained musician with a Masters degree in musicology and composition from Western University and has worked as an organist at Montreal's St. John Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church. She has since collaborated with artists including Tim Hecker, specifically contributing to his acclaimed albums Virgins and Love Streams, as well as with David Sutton’s LXV project on their joint album Sirens.

Her praised album Grafts, recently released on Boomkat Editions, is Coverdale’s most personal release to date; a set of three pieces in long-form featuring the composer’s characteristically distinct approach to digital-based tuning systems. Stylistically, Grafts follows her 2014 project A 480, a set of uniquely harmonically arranged and distinct studies accompanied by .nfo scores, sourced entirely from the data of rendered voices. Grafts, comparatively warmer and humane, is described as a “masterful work,” “uncompromisingly distinct while redolent of modal minimalism, 70s, new age, and folk music, hovering in the half-light between acoustic and electronic refinement.”

YATTA, the performative guise of Sierra Leonean-American musician Yatta Zoker, also performs. Her recently released debut EP Spirit Said Yes!, reissued on NYC imprint PTP, mixes sounds inspired by shamanism, jazz, and drone toward meditative and unsettling ends.

Doors open at 7pm.

William Basinski is a classically trained musician and composer who has been working in experimental media for over 30 years in NYC and most recently, California. Employing obsolete technology and analogue tape loops, his haunting and melancholy soundscapes explore the temporal nature of life and resound with the reverberations of memory and the mystery of time. His epic 4-disc masterwork, The Disintegration Loops received international critical acclaim and was chosen as one of the top 50 albums of 2004, and number 2 “Best Ambient Albums of All Time” by Pitchfork Media. The Temporary Residence deluxe LP box-set reissue from 2012 was awarded best re-issue of the year and a score of 10.0 on Pitchfork. Installations and films made in collaboration with artist-filmmaker, James Elaine have been presented in festivals and museums internationally, and his concerts are presented to sold out crowds around the world. Most recently, Basinski was chosen by Music Director, Antony Hegarty to create music for the new Robert Wilson opera, The Life and Death of Marina Abramovic which had its world premiere at the Manchester International Festival in July 2011 and toured Europe in 2012 and North America in 2013. Orchestral transcriptions of The Disintegration Loops by Maxim Moston have been performed at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Queen Elizabeth Hall and La Batie Festival in Geneva, Switzerland.

Kara-Lis Coverdale, also known as K-LC, is a Canadian composer, musician, producer, based in Montreal. Coverdale is known equally for her piano, organ, and keyboard work as she is for her experimental electronic projects; often her work integrates the two, blurring the lines between traditional composition and research-based modernism. Coverdale is recipient of a “promising young artist” award, presented by renowned Canadian new music composer Ann Southam, and has held residencies with GRM Paris, EMS Stockholm, and others. She has presented original performances, commissions, collaborations, and installations at places like The Krakow Philharmonic Hall (Unsound), The Montreal Contemporary Art Museum (Mutek), the Barbican, Theatre Du Chatelet, Variform Gallery (Portland), and elsewhere. Her album Aftertouches (2015), a series of narrative-rich experimental miniatures, was named a top album of the year by The Wire, NPR, and others. Coverdale’s first work for dance, in collaboration with modernist choreographer Ruslan Stepanov, premieres at the National Vanemuine Theatre in Estonia in September 2017. Also in 2017, Coverdale presents a new commission based around the sonic roots of pipe organ and vocal emulation dating back to the 15th century, continuing her work in rich sonic language, transcendence, and the unbodied voice.

YATTA is a Houston-born digipoet and musician currently based in NY. Using incantations born of loop pedal drones, folk acoustics, and ecstatic beats, they alchemize and creolize jazz vocals with Krio cries. Past performances have taken place at friends' backyards, several Afrofuturism conferences, The Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival, Powrplnt, MOMA PS1 and about ~74 other places.