Either/Or: Morton Feldman's "For Philip Guston"

Sun, June 29, 2014 - 3:00pm

A special presentation of Feldman's rarely heard 4 1/2 hour epic, "For Philip Guston", culminates Either/Or's tenth-anniversary festival. This will be a rare performance of a masterwork of 20th century experimentalism, balancing the timbral beauty of this unique ensemble with Feldman's inimitable sense of scale.


The Ashcan Orchestra: Apollo's Accidental Answer

Fri, June 27, 2014 - 8:00pm

Composer Pat Spadine's Ashcan Orchestra perform their two-act chamber opera Apollo's Accidental Answer in it's entirety for the first time. Re-imagining of the ancient myth of Cassandra, the work presents an eyewitness account of the evolution of the universe, over a sculptural backdrop of televisions.

This special evening hosted by Marc Ribot and Howard Wolfson benefits the Frantz Casséus Young Guitarists Program in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti with a program of works by and in tribute to the great composer and teacher. Marc Ribot, along with other disciples and collaborators of Casséus.


Circuit des Yeux / Tsembla / Kuupuu

Sat, June 14, 2014 - 8:00pm

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 alongside solo sets by Tsembla and Kuupuu, two experimental artists at the center of Finland's psych-folk scene.


SOLD OUT! William Basinski: Cascade

Wed, June 11, 2014 - 8:00pm

Composer William Basinski has been active for over three decades, creating a vast body of haunting and melancholic soundscapes that have secured his place as an icon of contemporary ambient music. Tonight he performs solo, returning to ISSUE with the New York premiere of his recent evening-length work "Cascade".

Francisco López makes a rare NY appearance creating an immersive sonic experience in the dark, with multi-channel sound and blindfolded audience. Taylor Deupree and Stephen Vitiello, label-mates and collaborators, perform a unique duo featuring modular synthesizers, field recordings and guitar.


Movement Research Festival: Prepared Field

Fri, May 30, 2014 - 8:00pm

Part of Movement Research's "Fallow Time" Festival, "Prepared Field" is an evening that invites multiplicity in the sensory and self. Graze on performance, sculpture and film that bump up against the festival’s themes. Lily Gold, Macklin Kowal, Zavé Martohardjono, Honey McMoney & more perform.

Events   |  Artists-In-Residence 2014

Peter Evans Quintet

Thu, May 29, 2014 - 8:00pm

For their first performance at ISSUE the Peter Evans Quintet debuts five new compositions by Evans including pieces dedicated to biologist Lynn Margulis and musician/composer Alice Coltrane, in addition to improvisatory platforms for the unique playing styles of the band members.

Events   |  Tectonics Festival New York

Harley Gaber: "The Winds Rise in the North"

Sat, May 24, 2014 - 8:00pm

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.

Events   |  Tectonics Festival New York

Panel Discussion: The Work of Harley Gaber

Sat, May 24, 2014 - 6:00pm

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.


Nazoranai / Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe

Wed, May 21, 2014 - 9:00pm
The Knitting Factory: 361 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn

LOCATION CHANGED! ISSUE, The Wick & desertshore present Nazoronai in their first NY show. A recent collaboration of the legendary Keiji Haino, Stephen O’Malley and Oren Ambarchi, Nazoranai unites 3 extraordinary operators of doom, noise and power electronics. With support from Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe AKA Lichens.


Graham Lambkin + Devin DiSanto

Mon, May 12, 2014 - 8:00pm

A unique presence in underground culture for the past twenty years, multidisciplinary artist Graham Lambkin makes a rare solo appearance to celebrate the opening of his solo exhibition at AVA. With support from Devin DiSanto, who explores presence in incidental sound and labor-oriented approaches to performance.


The Imprint of the City

Fri, May 9, 2014 - 7:30pm

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.


Jacob Kirkegaard: ISFALD

Fri, May 2, 2014 - 8:00pm

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.

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.

Events   |  Littoral

A Celebration of Muriel Spark

Wed, April 30, 2014 - 8:00pm

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.