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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 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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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.

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.

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.

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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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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Recorded live at ISSUE in June 2014, click through for additional songs. A combination of folk chanteuse and noise maven, Chicago-based Circuit des Yeux’s sound vacillates seamlessly between lo-fi and effortless-sounding songwriting sophistication.

Legendary folk artist Dave Bixby live at ISSUE in his first ever New York concert— a rare performance of his timeless, now-iconic records “Ode to Quetzalcoatl” and “Second Coming”— lost gems of soul-searching psychedelic folk. Click through for additional tracks.

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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In this interview from Clocktower Radio, Eve Essex talks to composer Pat Spadine about his story-driven, genre-defying, deliciously sensual, multimedia "opera", Apollo's Accidental Answer, which appears in its final form at ISSUE Friday, June 27, 2014.
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".
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.
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.