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Minor Musics Japan Tour 2014

9/12/14 to 9/20/14

Minor Musics Japan comes to four American cities in September featuring venerated artists of Japan’s musical underground: Ché-SHIZU, Maher Shalal Hash Baz and à qui avec Gabriel. Organized by ISSUE Project Room in collaboration with Wild Beast at CALARTS, Marfa Live Arts, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit.

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ISSUE is pleased to announce the launch of Distributed Objects, a new publishing imprint featuring recorded and written documents focused on emerging artistic practices. The October 2014 release of double LPs by former Artists-in-Residence Sabisha Friedberg and Sergei Tcherepnin inaugurates the imprint.

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Artists-In-Residence 2014

11/26/13 to 1/31/15

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.

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Harley Gaber, scores for "The Winds Rise in the North"

Writing + Interviews

Eric Richards on Harley Gaber

Composer Eric Richards on the life and work of his friend and colleague Harley Gaber, originally published following the composer's death in 2011. Gaber is the subject of a composer portrait on Saturday May 24th as part of Tectonics Festival NY.

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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.

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Robert Longo: Untitled (Men in the Cities), 1979/2009

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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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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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.

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Keiji Haino by Bradley Buehring

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.

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Kim Gordon by Bradley Buehring

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.

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Film still by Jules Rosskam

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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Writing + Interviews

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.

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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.

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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.

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Pauline Oliveros in performance at ISSUE by Bradley Buehring

Listen to full live sets from 12 "Ten Years Alive on the Infinite Plain" performances via Red Bull Music Academy Radio. Featuring Pauline Oliveros, Charlemagne Palestine, Oren Ambarchi, Anthony Coleman, Richard Youngs, David Grubbs, Francesco Tristano, Aki Onda, No-Neck Blues Band, Yasunao Tone, and Tony Conrad.

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Benefit for ISSUE Honoring Kim Gordon

11/13/13 to 11/14/13

A two-night benefit series for ISSUE honors legendary artist Kim Gordon. In three events over two nights, Gordon is joined by a range of collaborators Bill Nace & Ikue Mori as Body/Head, artist Jutta Koether, Lizzi Bougatsos & Sadie Laska's industrial duo I.U.D., and drummer Tim Barnes. J Mascis plays solo.

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Ten Years Alive on the Infinite Plain

8/31/13 to 10/26/13

In Fall 2013, ISSUE celebrates its ten year anniversary with Ten Years Alive on the Infinite Plain— a two-month festival revisiting seminal past projects and initiating new relationships with emerging artists working across and between the disciplines of sound, dance, film, performance, and literature.

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Events

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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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 San Francisco-based composer Tashi Wada's new 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.