Past Events

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.

Chie Mukai leads an improvisation workshop, sharing experiences from thirty years of site-specific performance and improvisation. This workshop continues a teaching practice begun in 2001, it is free and open to 25 practitioners of sound and movement (RSVP required), and also to an audience of observers.

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.

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Littoral

The Mad and The Bad

Thu, September 18, 2014 - 8:00pm

David Georgi, James Hoff, Jason Napoli-Brooks, Luc Sante and Donald Nicholson-Smith read from recent translations of important historic crime novels, poetry, and political writing, as well as contemporary pulp genre experiments that celebrate all forms of deviation, criminality and antisocial sentiments.

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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.

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Charles Curtis & Tashi Wada

Fri, September 12, 2014 - 8:00pm

Acclaimed cellists Charles Curtis 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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SOLD OUT! 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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Liturgy / Wreck and Reference / White Suns / Kyle Eyre Clyd

Sat, August 23, 2014 - 3:00pm

Pioneer Works: 159 Pioneer St., Brooklyn 11231

This all-day indoor/outdoor show crosses metal, noise and experimental electronics, headlined by Liturgy— their first reunited show as a quartet— alongside Californian post-metal duo Wreck and Reference, extreme-noise group White Suns, and noise/electronic artist Kyle Eyre Clyd, alias Penny Royale.

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Mahmoud Ahmed + Trio X + Andrew Barker, Charles Waters, Daniel Carter + Soldier/Kane

Sat, July 26, 2014 - 3:00pm

Pioneer Works: 159 Pioneer St., Brooklyn 11231

A verified legend of African music, Ahmed led the wave of Ethiopian music’s 'golden age' of the 60s-70s with a notoriously energetic combination of traditional Amharic music with soul, jazz & funk. His stunning multi-octave voice has made him an international star for 40 years, despite relative obscurity in the US.

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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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.