Past Events


Nakatani Gong Orchestra

Wed, March 18, 2015 - 8:00pm

The Green Building: 452 Union Street, Brooklyn, NY, 11231

A non-traditional ensemble directed by master percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani, Nakatani Gong Orchestra create intensely visceral, non-linear improvisations. This performance brings together a locally selected collection of players, specially trained in Nakatani's unique bowed gong techniques and sign conducting.


Artists-In-Residence 2014

Georgia Sagri: Daily Bread

Sun, March 8, 2015 - 12:00pm

On view beginning March 8, Georgia Sagri’s Daily Bread is a streaming online exhibition and series of public and private performances conveying states of loss, mourning and offering. Sagri performs throughout the installation, in live readings and voice-over, with musical accompaniment by Hunter Hunt-Hendrix.


SOLD OUT! Tony Conrad at 75: a Benefit for ISSUE Project Room

Sat, March 7, 2015 - 6:30pm

Greene Naftali: 508 W. 26th St., NYC 10001

Greene Naftali hosts ISSUE Project Room's spring benefit, honoring the 75th birthday of pioneering multidisciplinary artist Tony Conrad. The night includes a dinner by Fitzcarraldo, and performances by Mr. Conrad & Jennifer Walshe, David Grubbs & Eli Keszler, MV Carbon & Dan Conrad, and The Cornichons.


Tony Conrad & Charlemagne Palestine

Thu, March 5, 2015 - 8:00pm

First Unitarian Congregational Society: 116 Pierrepont St., Brooklyn 11201

Tony Conrad and Charlemagne Palestine, masters of improvisation and drone, come together for a special duo concert at Brooklyn's First Unitarian church. Pairing Conrad on violin with Palestine on pipe organ, grand piano, and voice, the evening-length performance renews a nearly 5 decades-long association.


Artists-In-Residence 2015

Kim Brandt: Landscaping

Sat, February 21, 2015 - 12:00pm

Audio Visual Arts: 34 E. 1st St., NYC 10003

Choreographer Kim Brandt opens her 2015 residency with a new durational work premiering at Audio Visual Arts from 12-6pm. Landscaping is an inquiry of the human form as a material, revealing what happens when a method, formal system or ideology is laid upon the body.


Artists-In-Residence 2015

Dawn Kasper, Music For Matter: ENERGY INTO MATTER

Mon, February 16, 2015 - 8:00pm

Artists Space Books & Talks: 55 Walker Street, NYC 10013

Comprised of improvisationally layered archival field recordings, drums, bells, and prerecorded analog sound, performance artists Dawn Kasper’s new composition is loosely inspired by “The Music of The Spheres”, illustrating the movement of the Sun, Moon, and planets as music.


AIDS & ITS METAPHORS: An Evening of Poetry and Prose Readings

Mon, February 9, 2015 - 7:00pm

Artists Space Books & Talks: 55 Walker Street, NYC 10013

Visual AIDS and ISSUE co-present an evening of readings at Artists Space Books & Talks from impassioned writers and artists Gregg Bordowitz, Timothy DuWhite, Pamela Sneed, Lynne Tillman, and Jessica Whitbread. Readings of poetry and prose address topics related to the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

Help BOMB ring in the new year with a benefit for artists and writers. Hosted by ISSUE and curated by David Grubbs, the evening features dance by Jen Rosenblit, poetry by Ariana Reines, and music by 75 Dollar Bill. Enjoy free drinks and copies of BOMB Issue 130. Donate $25 to BOMB for entry, $45 for two.

Lea Bertucci opens her ISSUE Residency with the premiere of "The Cepheid Variations I + II", a pair of new works for pre-recorded sound collage and strings. Born out of an interest in the timbral and acoustic possibilities of harmonics, the pieces combine extended techniques for cello and viola with concrete sound.


Artists-In-Residence 2014

Peter Evans

Sat, December 20, 2014 - 8:00pm

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.


This Land is...

Fri, December 19, 2014 - 7:00pm

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 2014: EMS at 50

Akóz Rózmann: "12 Stations / Tolv Stationer"

Thu, December 4, 2014 - 6:00pm

Experimental Intermedia: 224 Centre St, NYC

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.


Madalyn Merkey / Battle Trance

Fri, November 21, 2014 - 8:00pm

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.