Berlin-based Danish sound artist Jacob Kirkegaard presents Faust and other works by the pioneering electronic musician Else Marie Pade (not present). Acclaimed piano/percussion quartet Yarn/WIre perform works by composers Øyvind Torvund, Simon Steen-Andersen and Anna Thorvaldsdottir/Sigurdur Gudjonsson.
Radical Danish artist Henning Christiansen’s performance work "Requiem of Art (NYC) Fluxorum Organum" receives its first NY presentation, in a new interpretation developed by Anton Lukoszevieze, who leads the superb Ne(x)tworks ensemble. The program includes works by Arne Nordheim, Shelley Burgon and Kristin Norderval.
An afternoon concert pairs solo piano performances by the young Finnish musician Antti Tolvi and acclaimed composer/performer Lubomyr Melnyk, architect of the Continuous Music method. Both venture far outside the classical tradition, sharing an emphasis on the instrument's capacity for extended harmony and overtone.
Ultima closes with attention turned to composer Arne Nordheim. Acclaimed Nordic group Serena-Maneesh & vocal ensemble perform Somnambulism, a tribute to Nordheim's musical spirit. His "Flashing" is performed by outstanding accordionist Frode Haltli, alongside works by Magnar Åm, Aldo Clementi, and Hans Abrahamsen.
An evening of anecdotes and admiration celebrates the life and work of Muriel Spark in anticipation of a forthcoming collection of her essays and 8 republished novels (New Directions). With authors and editors Barbara Epler, Maud Newton, Sadie Stein, Emily Stokes and Thessaly LaForce with moderator Michael Barron.
Yarn/Wire/Currents, a new and ongoing collaboration of ISSUE and Yarn/Wire, continues with the premieres of newly commissioned works for piano/percussion quartet by Christopher Trapani and Pete Swanson. Trapani explores the concept of stopping time, Swanson forays into the intersection of electronic and acoustic sound.
Berlin-based Danish sound artist Jacob Kirkegaard presents ISFALD, a recent immersive solo soundwork. The piece features the sounds of ice, recorded with underwater microphones at the Ilulissat icefjord and with vibration sensors at the melting glaciers of Kangerlussuaq, Greenland in June 2013.
Van Alen Institute’s Spring 2014 Events launch at ISSUE with a fast-paced medley of music, poetry, personal reflections, conversations, and performances by designers, artists, musicians, writers, social scientists, and others exploring the meaning of well-being, and the effects of the city on our minds and bodies.
ISSUE, The Wick and desertshore present Nazoronai in their first NY performance. A recent collaboration of the legendary Keiji Haino (guitar, vocals & synth), Stephen O’Malley (bass) and Oren Ambarchi (percussion), Nazoranai unites three extraordinary experimental operators of doom, noise and power electronics.
Alvin Lucier's "Criss Cross" with Stephen O'Malley & Oren Ambarchi / Eyvind Kang / Iancu Dumitrescu + more
Alvin Lucier’s "Criss Cross" opens Tectonics, performed by Lucier with two pillars of experimental rock: Stephen O’Malley and Oren Ambarchi. The guitarists and ensemble play Iancu Dumitrescu and premiere a piece by Eyvind Kang. Crys Cole and Jessika Kenney play solo sets, Kenney and Kang play Giacinto Scelsi.
A panel on the late Harley Gaber’s life and works is moderated by composer Eric Richards, featuring guests Paul Paccione, Ned Sublette and Bill Hellerman.
The second day of Tectonics Festival turns attention to Harley Gaber. His monumental "The Winds Rise in the North", a pillar of American minimalism, is performed here by a quintet including extraordinary string players Conrad Harris, Pauline Kim, Esther Noh, Alex Waterman and Erin Wight.
Tectonics concludes highlighting works by Eric Richards, a little-known but influential avant-garde composer. Hildur Guðnadóttir, acclaimed cellist known for collaborations with múm and Pan Sonic, plays solo. Alvin Lucier plays two works with Jenny Lin, and Baritone Jeffrey Gavett plays Lucier, Scelsi and others.
A combination of folk chanteuse and noise maven, Chicago-based Circuit des Yeux AKA Haley Fohr’s sound vacillates seamlessly between lo-fi and effortless-sounding songwriting sophistication. She appears tonight in support of her most recent solo LP "Overdue", alongside sets by Finnish artists Tsembla and Kuupuu.