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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Join ISSUE for an intimate benefit performance with The Necks on Wednesday, February 22nd over cocktails, and hors d'oeuvres from Rucola. Following the performance, the group appears in a Q&A conversation moderated by Nate Wooley. The evening supports rare appearances by international artists at ISSUE during 2017.
Known for his electronic improvisation and use of infrasound, Mario de Vega works in a variety of media all coinciding in an impressive collection of site-specific sonic interventions. Opening the evening, composer and installation artist Cecilia Lopez presents RED -- a work investigating unstable feedback systems.
ISSUE brings together venerable improviser Loren Connors, vocalist and flutist Isobel Sollenberger, best known for her fronting the celebrated Philadelphian psych band Bardo Pond, and poet Steve Dalachinsky for a layered evening of guitar, flute and poetry.
Fearless improviser, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist Anaïs Maviel presents a special solo set and an extended collaboration with acclaimed bassist, Michael Bisio, for her debut performance at ISSUE. Maviel first performs a solo vocal set, accompanying herself on the surdo (Brazilian drum) and n’goni.
Drawing its participants from the first 10 years of ISSUE Project Room’s Artists-In-Residence Program, AIR Alumni Collaborations is a performance that brings together former ISSUE resident artists in striking new combinations.
Join ISSUE, Marc Ribot, drummer Chad Taylor and legendary Albert Ayler alumnus bassist Henry Grimes in harnessing the power of improvisation and the music of Albert Ayler to renew spirits for a New Year of music, love, rage, and resistance.
Leila Bordreuil continues her ISSUE residency with an evening of spatialized music in solo and large ensemble formats. Following a solo set, Bordreuil premieres “Memory City,” a new piece for large ensemble featuring Nate Wooley, Anne Guthrie, Chris McIntyre, Michael Foster and Ben Bennett.