Friday, April 7th, ISSUE gathers artists who all have shared with Tony Conrad a friendship and a deep devotion to music and art. In honor of Tony, Spectral Density is an evening of music with original works by Henry Flynt, Dan Conrad, and a special guest, as well as a performance of one of Tony's pieces by Lary 7.
Byron Westbrook opens his 2017 residency with an iteration of Interval/Habitat -- a technique for site-specific intervention within a social environment. The piece plays a looping sequence of light and sound “scenes” that impose a time-based narrative over all activity within the space.
ISSUE co-presents the opening performance of Ende Tymes VII on Thursday, April 27th featuring performances from Joe Colley, Jenny Gräf, TRNSGNDR/VHS, and a duo between Denis Rollet and Francisco Meirino. The festival is well-known for balancing cutting-edge avant-garde music traditions and DIY gear manipulations.
For her ISSUE debut, vocalist Ka Baird presents Espylacopa (A Reversal In Three Acts), an interdisciplinary collaborative work with Camilla Padgitt-Coles (light design/synthesizer), Muyassar Kurdi (movement), Chris Penalosa (modular synthesis), Thistle Jemison (harp) and Sandy Gordon (vibraphone).
Jazz leaders Ken Vandermark & Nate Wooley perform in duo, returning to 22 Boerum for the first time since ISSUE’s 10 Years Alive On The Infinite Plane. Their music combines composition and improvisation, and explores the potential of modern melody and rhythm posited against abstract sound and texture.
Well known for performing with the electroacoustic improvisational unit Supersilent, Norwegian artist Helge Sten’s music as Deathprod has been highly influential in its prescient formulation of a dark sonic palette that has become widely celebrated in contemporary experimental music.
Kabir Carter opens his residency with a performance introducing his practice to the historic architecture of ISSUE’s 22 Boerum Theater, performing across the threshold of acoustic feedback and executing simple tasks to activate and excite the hard surfaces of the space’s floor, walls, columns and ceilings.
Filmmaker/photographer Jem Cohen established Gravity Hill Sound + Image in 2014 as a forum for exploring film with live soundtracks. With guitarist Guy Picciotto, drummer Jim White, master lute player George Xylouris, and Cohen mixing audio from the films, the ensemble will experiment at ISSUE with new films.
ISSUE presents two generations of artists working in the medium of computational music: pioneering computer musician and scholar Curtis Roads, whose contributions to electronic music and computer music are vast, as well as composer, artist, and curator Eric Frye.
Leila Bordreuil premieres a collaborative piece developed with Austin Julian. Featuring Tamio Shiraishi & Julia Santoli, the work combines music and performance art within an operatic structure using homemade instruments / creative amplification methods. An improvised set by Bordreuil and guitarist Bill Nace opens.
Saturday, February 25 ISSUE presents a durational performance between The Necks and a host of invited special guests (to be announced). Starting at 4pm, this long durational, single piece will contain overlapping sets featuring special guests, friends and colleagues of The Necks featuring six hours of continuous music
Friday, February 24th The Necks appear in a standalone performance showcasing their psychic coherence and renowned style of conjuring the mesmerizing, oceanic vistas the trio has embarked upon over their stunning experimental tenure.
Thursday, February 23rd, Chris Abrahams, Lloyd Swanton and Tony Buck each perform solo sets showcasing their distinct instrumental approaches that emphasize independent performative contributions to their collaborative music.