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katiskelton on 03/15/2012 at 01:00AM

String Theories: IPR & The String Orchestra of Brooklyn

This Saturday, March 17, St. Ann's Church will host the second installation of String Theories, the joint partnership between ISSUE Project Room and the String Orchestra of Brooklyn that provides artists with an opportunity to premiere new experimental works for orchestra. This year's commission features works composed by Anthony Coleman, C. Spencer Yeh, MV Carbon, and Eric Wubbels, which is awesome, because for most of these artists this is their first opportunity to compose works on such a large scale (check out this interview with Spencer regarding the transition from solo and improvisational work to composing for an orchestra). I'm super excited to see what these guys come up with--what does Burning Star Core sound like with 10 VIOLINS? Will all the musicians be equipped with circuit-bent TV instruments? These and more mysteries will be illuminated on Saturday night. 

Until then, listen to this live recording of Katherine Young's composition from last year's program, titled Inhabitation of Time. Young is a bassoonist and composer who received an emerging artist commission from ISSUE last year, and this piece sounds like what it would be like to try to walk in a straight line on the quantum level--variables constantly shifting and rearranging, time stretching and compressing. What kinds of physical laws will this year's String Theories defy? We don't yet know. Get your tickets here.

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katiskelton on 01/19/2012 at 02:00PM

Ted Hearne's Gaudeamus-Award-winning "Katrina Ballads" and R WE WHO R WE

On January 25, ISSUE Project Room will inaugurate its new space at 110 Livingston with Gaudeamus Muziekweek, a four-day festival celebrating groundbreaking and challenging new music by emerging composers from around the world. Working in partnership with Gaudeamus, ISSUE Project Room will present, for the first time in the United States, a series of performances highlighting some of the extraordinary talent that has emerged from the festival.

January 26 is dedicated to electronic music, featuring Dutch musician Wouter Snoei, an authority on 192-channel "wave-field" synthesis techniques. New York-based electronic artist Matthew Ostrowski will also perform, as well as the duo R WE WHO R WE, a collaboration between New York composer-performers Philip White & Ted Hearne.

Ted Hearne was awarded the Gaudeamus International Composers Award in 2009 for his Katrina Ballads, a 65-minute dramatic song cycle adapted entirely from primary-source sound bites from the newsweek following Hurricane Katrina. Hearne chops and manipulates the utterances of politicians, celebrities, survivors and relief workers as broadcast by 24-hour disaster coverage and reworks them into an oratorio for 11 instrumentalists and 5 singers.  Take a listen to the multistylistic "Brownie, You're Doing a Heck of a Job" (culled, obviously, from Bush's famous declaration to former FEMA director Michael Brown five days after the hurricane ripped through New Orleans).

R WHO WE R WE takes a similar course of lyrical and sonic reformulation of popular media sources but reapplies the critique to pop music. Hearne and collaborator Philip White deconstruct songs by Michael Jackson, Ke$ha, Eminem and others and reorder them into schizophrenic lyrical poems. Come see for yourself (and check out our brand-new space!) on 1/26! You can get tickets here.

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katiskelton on 01/10/2012 at 03:00PM

Farewell Party with Jonathan Kane's February, Talibam!, MV Carbon & Tony Conrad

ISSUE is starting off the New Year with a change of scenery. That's right, Issue Project Room is moving out of our space at the Old American Can Factory and into 110 Livingston in Downtown Brooklyn. We've had a great run at the Can Factory, so we're going to say goodbye to Gowanus in style on Friday, 1/20 with a Farewell Party featuring Jonathan Kane's February, Talibam!, and MV Carbon & Tony Conrad. BUT WAIT: not only does this promise to be a killer party with some insane performances, but we will also be debuting February's first live album, recorded in a two-day event at ISSUE last year. Here's a sneak peak--check out "Blissed Out Rag," which, despite its title, is way more blues than rag (but it may be the first time that straightforward guitars-and-drums blues has ever been "blissed out," thanks to Kane's unrelenting railway drive on drums and four layered guitars), and get tickets ($15 | $10 members) for the party here.


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katiskelton on 12/15/2011 at 11:13AM

ISSUE Roundup 2011: Charles Gayle Trio & Acid Birds

We're wrapping up an incredible year at ISSUE Project Room by archiving a bunch of previously unreleased recordings of our favorite performances from the past year. Aside from two galas; four Artists-in-Residence; eight Emerging Artists Commissions; an amazing art auction featuring performances by Kim Gordon, Tony Conrad and John Miller; ongoing programs like Darmstadt Institute and Essential Repertoire; the landmark Minor Musics: Japan series; and the upcoming world premiere of Vidas Perfectas, a Spanish-language version of Robert Ashley's Perfect Lives (starting tonight through Saturday, 12/17; get tix here!); we've also presented dozens of performances of groundbreaking works by some of the most innovative composers and artists working today.

Let's kick things off with these recordings of Acid Birds and the Charles Gayle Trio playing some killer free jazz (one of the psychedelic variety, one disjunctive and spiritual) at ISSUE back in February, and if you like what you hear, consider becoming an ISSUE Project Room Member and receive a signed copy of a limited Acid Birds LP. Stay posted in the following weeks to find out what else has been going on all year long. Cheers, and happy holidays!

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katiskelton on 11/17/2011 at 12:21PM

Everyday Experimental: Annea Lockwood, Alison Knowles, and bean sounds

This weekend ISSUE will feature a few awesome performances as part of our Everyday Experimental series. Drawing its inspiration from commonplace activities and inconsequential sounds of the everyday, ISSUE Project Room will present a series of performances and talks with Alison Knowles (FREE, 11/17), a new work by Moniek Darge followed by electroacoustic collaborations with Françoise Vanhecke and Graham Lambkin (11/18), and a sound installation by Annea Lockwood (11/14-11/19) along with a performance by Lois Svard of Lockwood’s Ear-Walking Woman and a multi-channel sound piece by Chicago based composer Olivia Block (11/19). Through an intergenerational dialogue, Everyday Experimental looks at the work of three historically significant female artists and maps relevant contemporary practices. A few recordings after the jump!

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