Upcoming Series


Dec 4 – Dec 5, 2015

Swedish Energies V: Nordic Edition

ISSUE’s Swedish Energies Fest returns for the 5th-annual edition. Presented in collaboration with EMS and the Consulate General of Sweden in New York at Greenpoint's Saint Vitus, the series brings together a wide-ranging international lineup of visionary electronic and improvisational musicians.

ISSUE is pleased to announce the selection of our 2015 Artists-in-Residence: Lea Bertucci, Kim Brandt, Dawn Kasper, Mariana Valencia, Evan Calder Williams, and C. Spencer Yeh will premiere new commissions in 2015.

A four-evening series of lectures, listening sessions, and performances explores contemporary practices and historical approaches relating to text-sound poetry, a genre of spoken word poetry emphasizing the sound of speech over textual meanings, often combined with use of new media.


Oct 30 – Nov 1, 2015

AMPLIFY 2015: Exploratory

The 9th AMPLIFY series, presented with Erstwhile Records, Fridman Gallery and Shared Shapes, features three duo sets each night with performers Olivia Block, Maria Chavez, Anne Guthrie, Devin DiSanto, Kevin Drumm, Graham Lambkin, Jason Lescalleet, Sean Meehan, Ben Owen, Michael Pisaro, Vanessa Rossetto, and Taku Unami.




Yarn/Wire/Currents is an ongoing collaboration with piano and percussion ensemble Yarn/Wire, inaugurated in 2013. The series serves as an incubator for new experimental music, programs explore the intersections of composition, technology, installation, live performance, music theater, and more.


May 22 – May 24, 2015

David Rosenboom: Propositional Music

A three-day series in collaboration with the Whitney Museum celebrates fifty years of David Rosenboom’s pioneering contributions to American experimental music. A composer, performer, conductor, interdisciplinary artist, author and educator, Rosenboom presents many of his major works, from 1964 to the present.


May 7 – May 9, 2015

Tectonics Festival New York 2015

ISSUE is pleased to announce the return of Iceland's acclaimed Tectonics Festival for the second-annual NY edition, presented by ISSUE over three evenings at Abrons Art Center and The First Unitarian Church, Brooklyn. Tectonics provides a rare forum for critical consideration of new developments in composition.


Dec 4 – Dec 6, 2014

Swedish Energies 2014: EMS at 50

The fourth-annual Swedish Energies celebrates 50 years of Stockholm's EMS with Maria w Horn, Ellen Arkbro, Jenny Sunesson, The Sons of God, Stephen O’Malley, Kristina Matousch, Frederikke Hoffmeier, Carl Michael von Hausswolff, Daniel Rozenhall & Sten Backman, Christine Abdelnour & Joachim Nordwall, & more.


Oct 25 – Oct 26, 2014

Kye Showcase

A 2-night spotlight on Graham Lambkin's Kye label features Call Back the Giants, Malcolm Goldstein, Matt Krefting, Vanessa Rossetto, James Rushford and Lambkin— who also presents a tape work by Henning Christiansen. Performances weave together concepts from the sonic and visual arts, as well as sounds of the everyday.


Sep 26 – Sep 27, 2014

Two Evenings with Keiji Haino

Keiji Haino, legend of the Japanese underground, returns to Brooklyn for two performances September 26th and 27th, following up his sold out series at ISSUE in 2013. He takes the stage in a special duo with Tony Conrad as well as performing solo. Cellist Okkyung Lee and rock outfits xNOBBQx and X Wave perform as well.


Sep 12 – Sep 20, 2014

Minor Musics Japan Tour 2014

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.


May 23 – May 25, 2014

Tectonics Festival New York

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.


Apr 23 – Apr 26, 2014

Ultima Festival New York 2014

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.


Apr 2 – Apr 6, 2014

Unsound Festival NY 2014

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.