Peter Evans closes his 2014 residency with a solo trumpet performance. Improvisation is used as a method of pressurizing and slowly refining materials from concert to concert; a process of using the known as a catapult to the unknown that is a central focus of Evans' residency and work in general.
An emergency public meeting hosted by sound adventurer Matana Roberts features the voices of concerned NYC artists on the grand jury verdict of Eric Garner. This is an opportunity for open dialogue in the arts community around problems of policing in urban space.
Liz Harris (Grouper) and Paul Clipson present the NY premiere of HYPNOSIS DISPLAY, an evening-length original live sound and 16mm film collaboration exploring impressionistic, emotional and sensory environments found within the vast natural and urban landscapes of America.
Raúl De Nieves closes his 2014 ISSUE Residency with "Heel Yourself", an immersive 20-channel audio installation built from the sounds of ABBA's 1979 classic "Voulez Vous", mixed live from vinyl simultaneously by 20 turntables. The night includes live performances by Sadaf H. Nava and Whitney Vangrin.
Raúl De Nieves presents DE FEET N JOY a pop-up “shoe store” and sculptural installation transforming the lobby of our 22 Boerum Place theater, on weekdays Dec 10-19. Derived from, and often worn in the artist’s performances, the objects present new ideas on the practicality of sculpture and installation.
A benefit for ISSUE, acclaimed electronics duo Matmos perform scenes from Robert Ashley's groundbreaking television-opera "Perfect Lives", with opening performance by HARIBO. They present the first and final acts, “The Park”, featuring string ensemble, and “The Backyard”, both accompanied by new video work.
Swedish Energies closes at ISSUE with raw synthesis & video by Maria w Horn, Stephen O’Malley, doom-metal legend of Sunn O)))) fame, solo, Kristina Matousch exploring themes of digestion and eroticism, Leif Elggren & Kent Tankred as The Sons of God, and Ellen Arkbro, who draws on minimalism and just intonation.
Swedish Energies returns to ISSUE with a massive bill including sound artist Jenny Sunesson, saxophonist Christine Abdelnour duo with Joachim Nordwall (The Skull Defekts), Daniel Rozenhall collaboration with designer Sten Backman, Frederikke Hoffmeier (aka Puce Mary), and the notorious Carl Michael von Hausswolff.
Originally commissioned as a 5-minute piece, over 20 years, "12 Stations" evolved into a challenging 6 1/2 hour epic; a deep, spiritual journey that is considered a central work of Rózmann’s oeuvre. Thematically the work draws on the Tibetan Wheel of Life, and reflects Rózmann's deep interest in Tibetan Buddhism.
All tickets are SOLD OUT! ISSUE is pleased to welcome back rock icon Kim Gordon performing in a special first-time duo with the legendary Brooklyn-based guitarist Loren Connors. Electro-rocker Gary War, recently residing in New Zealand, opens the night.
Composer Madalyn Merkey creates a new site-specific work for ISSUE's theater, combining live synthetic sound and acoustic violin to create inner-ear occurrences. Battle Trance perform their album-length work Palace of Wind, a stunning composition for four tenor saxophonists. ISSUE Member party precedes the show at 7pm.
One of the most finely tuned ears in music, Berlin's Rashad Becker uses real-time synthesis and sampling techniques, setting intricate sonic worlds into motion. Percussionist/composer and fellow PAN artist Eli Keszler debuts a new trio work featuring Tom Chiu, violin, and Leila Bordreuil, cello.