Events   |  Littoral

Evan Calder Williams: “Violent X” with Taku Unami

Sat, April 19, 2014 - 8:00pm

The US Premiere of Evan Calder Williams' film "Violent X" features a live improvised soundtrack by Tokyo-based Taku Unami with Williams, joining a work of pulp and radical history to early instances of cinema narration and accompaniment. In a second set, Unami collaborates with Eugene Thacker and Jarrod Fowler.

Events   |  Littoral

WSB100: Elliott Sharp & Steve Buscemi

Mon, April 21, 2014 - 8:00pm

ISSUE and WSB100 present a celebration of the legacy of William S. Burroughs during the 100th anniversary of the writer's birth. Actor, director, and writer Steve Buscemi and composer/multi-instrumentalist Elliott Sharp collaborate, creating a collage of sound and words from texts by William Burroughs.

Events   |  Ultima Festival New York 2014

Catherine Christer Hennix & Chora(s)san Time-Court Mirage

Wed, April 23, 2014 - 7:00pm

Catherine Christer Hennix appears alongside her Berlin-based just intonation ensemble Chora(s)san Time-Court Mirage as part of Ultima. In their first-ever US performance the group premieres Blues Alif Lam MimM, intended to reveal the blues' origins in the eastern musical traditions of raga and maqam musics.

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.

Program Announcements

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.

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.

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".
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.
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.

Events   |  Ultima Festival New York 2014

Henning Christiansen: Requiem of Art (NYC) Fluxorum Organum / Ne(x)tworks

Fri, April 25, 2014 - 8:00pm

Radical Danish artist Henning Christiansen’s performance work "Requiem of Art (NYC) Fluxorum Organum" receives its first NY presentation, in a new interpretation developed by Anton Lukoszevieze, who leads the superb Ne(x)tworks ensemble. The program includes works by Arne Nordheim, Shelley Burgon and Kristin Norderval.

Events   |  Ultima Festival New York 2014

Lubomyr Melnyk / Antti Tolvi

Sat, April 26, 2014 - 3:00pm
First Unitarian Congregational Society: 116 Pierrepont St., Brooklyn, 11201

An afternoon concert pairs solo piano performances by the young Finnish musician Antti Tolvi and acclaimed composer/performer Lubomyr Melnyk, architect of the Continuous Music method. Both venture far outside the classical tradition, sharing an emphasis on the instrument's capacity for extended harmony and overtone.

Events   |  Ultima Festival New York 2014

Serena-Maneesh & Vocal Ensemble / Frode Haltli

Sat, April 26, 2014 - 8:00pm

Ultima closes with attention turned to composer Arne Nordheim. Acclaimed Nordic group Serena-Maneesh & vocal ensemble perform Somnambulism, a tribute to Nordheim's musical spirit. His "Flashing" is performed by outstanding accordionist Frode Haltli, alongside works by Magnar Åm, Aldo Clementi, and Hans Abrahamsen.