Program Announcements

Ultima Festival New York 2014

4/23/14 to 4/26/14

Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival, the Nordic region’s premiere contemporary music festival, descends on New York for its first stateside edition with a rich program of diverse and challenging contemporary music as well as avant-garde sounds past and present from the Nordic countries.

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Tectonics Festival New York

5/23/14 to 5/25/14

The inaugural US iteration of Iceland’s acclaimed Tectonics festival comes to NYC in four events at ISSUE, presenting a rich program of new composition, improvisation and unique cross-genre collaborations exploring iconic voices in experimental composition.

Oren Ambarchi live

Recorded in October 2013, Australian guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Oren Ambarchi performs live at ISSUE our anniversary festival "Ten Years Alive on the Infinite Plain".

ISSUE, in partnership with Paddle8, presents an online benefit art auction, with bidding to open Tuesday, March 25th. More than thirty artworks have been generously donated, with all proceeds directly supporting ISSUE Project Room's presentation of over 500 artists and performers in 2014.

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Unsound Festival NY 2014

4/02/14 to 4/06/14

Unsound Festival New York, fearless, bold and adventurous, is a stateside edition of the annual premiere alternative music festival Unsound Festival in Krakow, Poland (now in its twelfth year). Spring 2014 sees their return with this fourth New York edition at venues in Manhattan and Brooklyn, including ISSUE.

Recorded live in December 2013: experimental turntablist Marina Rosenfeld and electronic composer Mats Lindström. This first-ever collaboration was part of ISSUE's third-annual Swedish Energies festival.
Keiji Haino by Bradley Buehring
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2013, The Year in Video

We've gathered some of our favorite videos from the year- with excerpts from performances by Omar Souleyman, Kim Gordon, No-Neck Blues Band, Josephine Foster and more.

C. Spencer Yeh performs a solo electronic set, recorded live as part of the PAN_ACT festival in June 2013. The set starts off with a minimal percussion sound, evolving into a complex glitch beat and textural washes of electronics.
Kim Gordon by Bradley Buehring
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Benefit Honoring Kim Gordon

Video from our November 2013 Benefit for ISSUE honoring Kim Gordon, featuring Bill Nace, J. Mascis, Jutta Koether, I.U.D., Ikue Mori and Tim Barnes. All clips by Windows Have Eyes.

Film still by Jules Rosskam
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Writing + Interviews

Jules Rosskam with Robert Sember

2013 Artist-In-Residence Jules Rosskam speaks with artist and Ultra-red member Robert Sember on engaging community as an artist and teacher, and representing identities as both a mirror and rebuttal.

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James Hoff with Lawrence Kumpf

2013 Artist-In-Residence James Hoff, has maintained a strong focus on distributed forms and experiments with language, bringing him up to his current cross-disciplinary investigations with orally-transmitted syndromes, computer viruses, and ear worms, all of which are discussed here.

Program Announcements

Artists-In-Residence 2014

11/26/13

ISSUE is pleased to announce the selection of our 2014 Artists-in-Residence: Raul De Nieves, Moriah Evans, Peter Evans, Georgia Sagri, and Gillian Walsh. ISSUE's AIR program offers artists an opportunity to develop significant new works in partnership with ISSUE over the course of the year.

The legendary Michigan trio creates harsh and hypnotic electronic landscapes, merging the frenzied energy of hardcore with the nihilistic menace of early industrial and noise. Recorded live from ISSUE's summer 2013 series at Pioneer Works.
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Writing + Interviews

David Grubbs on collaboration with Susan Howe

A collaboration that began in 2003, David Grubbs first encountered Susan Howe's written work in the early 1990s, and they have gone on to produce four major works in the course of a decade. Originally published in the Chicago Review, here Grubbs writes on their process and affinities. The duo perform Fri. October 25.

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Swedish Energies: EMS in NYC 2013

12/06/13 to 12/07/13

The third-annual Swedish Energies festival is a free two-night series showcasing a huge lineup of some of Sweden’s most visionary electronic and improvisational musicians, including a series of unique collaborations pairing Swedish and American artists for the first time.

Recorded live in June 2013, percussionist Eli Keszler and saxophonist Ashley Paul perform a duo as part of the PAN_ACT festival. Keszler's bowed crotales and cymbals resonate within Paul's altissimo sustains and drastic pitch bends. The split tone combinations from these instruments is surprising and overwhelming, creating continuously shifting, multi-layered harmonics and intense inner ear sound.
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Writing + Interviews

devynn emory by Marissa Perel

Artist-in-Residence devynn emory in conversation with Marissa Perel on working with untrained performers, the voice, identity as subject matter, and emory's multiple permutations of dance composition.