Upcoming Events

Event

Sir Richard Bishop / Tashi Dorji

Sat, September 6, 2014 - 8:00pm

Best known as a member of the Sun City Girls, Sir Richard Bishop is master guitarist whose improvisations effortlessly absorb sounds of India, the Middle East, North Africa and others into a highly original body of work. A Bhutanese guitarist based in Asheville, Tashi Dorji's revelatory style is unbound by tradition.

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Charles Curtis & Tashi Wada

Fri, September 12, 2014 - 8:00pm

Acclaimed cellists Charles Curtis and and Judith Hamann perform Los Angeles-based composer Tashi Wada's Duets for cello, a NY premiere in anticipation of their forthcoming recorded release. The program also includes Curtis performing works for solo cello by Alvin Lucier, JS Bach, and Luigi Dallapiccola.

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Yoshi Wada & Tashi Wada

Sat, September 13, 2014 - 8:00pm

Esteemed composer and Fluxus artist Yoshi Wada makes a rare NYC appearance accompanied by his son, composer Tashi Wada. Together, they present an expansive duo performance using a unique mixture of acoustic and electronic instruments including: sirens, alarm bells, audio generators, bagpipes and reed organ.

Minor Musics Japan opens with Ché-Shizu, an improv-folk group led by Chie Mukai. Since 1981 they have recontextualized folk instruments and electronics in spontaneous actions that are lyrical, compelling, and endearingly unpolished. Mukai also plays duo with LLILW GRAY, alias of No-Neck Blues Band's Keith Connolly.

The artistic alter ego of Tori Kudo, Maher Shalal Hash Baz are a fluid large ensemble of untrained musicians that create arresting indie-pop embracing error, structure, and structurelessness. Accordionist and vocalist à qui avec Gabriel creates stark, ethereal and whispering melodies evoking European folk.

Event

Felix Kubin / Lary 7

Thu, September 25, 2014 - 8:00pm

A lovechild of the home recording era, Kubin is among electronic music's most versatile performers, with activities spanning pop, radio plays, electroacoustic music, and works for chamber orchestra. Kubin's music is saturated with enthusiasm for disharmonic pop, industrial noise, and the 20th-century avant-garde.

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Keiji Haino & Tony Conrad / Okkyung Lee

Fri, September 26, 2014 - 8:00pm

Legend of the Japanese underground Keiji Haino returns to Brooklyn, taking the stage in a special duo with Tony Conrad. These master improvisors of experimental music first joined forces in 2006, this is their first NY duo appearance since 2009. The dynamic and raw improvising cellist Okkyung Lee opens the evening.

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Keiji Haino / xNOBBQx / X Wave

Sat, September 27, 2014 - 7:00pm

Keiji Haino, prolific icon of Japanese experimentalism, returns to ISSUE with a solo percussion set. He is joined by experimental rock outfits xNOBBQx and X Wave, two high-energy groups out of Brisbane, the heart of Australia's underground.

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Peter Jefferies

Wed, October 1, 2014 - 8:00pm

Peter Jefferies helmed legendary New Zealand post-punk acts Nocturnal Projections and This Kind of Punishment through the 80s. His earthy baritone weaves between stripped-down piano and guitar, pulling in listeners to the deep pastoral life of his music. His first US show in 20 years, this evening he plays 2 solo sets.

Event

The Legend of Mothman & Spookhaus Apokalypse!

Sat, October 4, 2014 - 3:00pm
Sat, October 4, 2014 - 8:00pm

A shadow puppet play by Cary Loren (Destroy All Monsters) and Tom Carey, "The Legend of Mothman" brings the details of alien existence to light, a humorous fantasy mixed with pop-culture lore, set during Halloween in post-industrial Detroit. Sound by concept band Monster Island. Free show for children at 3pm.

Percussion and keyboard quartet Yarn/Wire perform with an assemblage of acoustic, modified, electronic, and handmade instruments, presenting the result of close collaborations with an international array of experimental composers: Ann Cleare, Chiyoko Szlavnics, and Øyvind Torvund.

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Elliott Sharp: Port Bou

Thu, October 16, 2014 - 8:00pm
Fri, October 17, 2014 - 8:00pm

A newly commissioned opera by Elliott Sharp depicts the final moments of philosopher Walter Benjamin’s life in Port-Bou at the French-Spanish border as he flees Nazi-occupied France. Bass/baritone Nicholas Isherwood stars with pianist Jenny Lin, accordionist William Schimmel, and electro-acoustic backgrounds by Sharp.

This two-night series highlights artists of the Kye record label, whose aesthetic involves “organizing sound” as opposed to “making music,” in the words of founder/label-head Graham Lambkin. Performances weave together concepts from both the sonic and visual arts, as well as the sounds of the everyday.

Our two-night spotlight on the Kye record label closes with solo performances by improvising violinist Malcolm Goldstein and Kye label-head Graham Lambkin. Lambkin also presents a tape piece by Henning Christiansen, a Danish composer and an active member of the Fluxus-movement.

Event

Sir Richard Bishop / Tashi Dorji

Sat, September 6, 2014 - 8:00pm

Best known as a member of the Sun City Girls, Sir Richard Bishop is master guitarist whose improvisations effortlessly absorb sounds of India, the Middle East, North Africa and others into a highly original body of work. A Bhutanese guitarist based in Asheville, Tashi Dorji's revelatory style is unbound by tradition.

Event

Charles Curtis & Tashi Wada

Fri, September 12, 2014 - 8:00pm

Acclaimed cellists Charles Curtis and and Judith Hamann perform Los Angeles-based composer Tashi Wada's Duets for cello, a NY premiere in anticipation of their forthcoming recorded release. The program also includes Curtis performing works for solo cello by Alvin Lucier, JS Bach, and Luigi Dallapiccola.

Event

Yoshi Wada & Tashi Wada

Sat, September 13, 2014 - 8:00pm

Esteemed composer and Fluxus artist Yoshi Wada makes a rare NYC appearance accompanied by his son, composer Tashi Wada. Together, they present an expansive duo performance using a unique mixture of acoustic and electronic instruments including: sirens, alarm bells, audio generators, bagpipes and reed organ.

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