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ISSUE Project Room

Brooklyn, NY

ISSUE Project Room is a pioneering nonprofit performance center, presenting projects by more than 200 interdisciplinary artists each year that expand the boundaries of artistic practice and stimulate critical dialogue in the broader community. ISSUE serves as a leading cultural incubator, facilitating the commission and premiere of more than 25 innovative new works each year.


The Mad and the Bad

September 18, 2014 8:00 PM

The Mad and The Bad features readings of recent translations of important historic crime novels, poetry, and political writing, as well as contemporary pulp genre experiments that celebrate all forms of deviation, criminality and antisocial sentiments. With David Georgi, James Hoff, Jason Napoli-Brooks, Luc Sante, and Donald Nicholson-Smith.
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Che-Shizu / Chie Mukai & LLILW GRAY - Minor Musics Japan

September 19, 2014 8:00 PM

Opening night of Minor Musics Japan at ISSUE features Che-Shizu, with a special duo by Chie Mukai & LLILW GRAY, alias of No-Neck Blues Band's Keith Connolly.
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Chie Mukai: Improvisation Workshop

September 20, 2014 1:00 PM

Chie Mukai leads an improvisation workshop, sharing experiences from thirty years of site-specific performance and improvisation. This workshop continues a teaching practice begun in 2001, it is free and open to 25 practitioners of sound and movement (RSVP required), and also to observers.
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Maher Shalal Hash Baz / A qui Avec Gabriel - Minor Musics Japan

September 20, 2014 8:00 PM

Minor Musics Japan Tour closes at ISSUE with sets by Maher Shalal Hash Baz and à qui avec Gabriel. The artistic alter ego of Tori Kudo. MSHB frequently features large ensembles of untrained musicians that embrace error, structure, and structurelessness. Accordionist and vocalist à qui avec Gabriel creates stark, ethereal and whispering melodies that evoke European folk music and Erik Satie.
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Felix Kubin / Lary 7

September 25, 2014 8:00 PM

A lovechild of the home recording era, Kubin is among electronic music's most versatile performers, with activities spanning pop, radio plays, electroacoustic music, and works for chamber orchestra. Kubin's music saturated with enthusiasm for disharmonic pop, industrial noise, and the 20th-century avant-garde.
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Keiji Haino + Tony Conrad / Okkyung Lee

September 26, 2014 8:00 PM

Keiji Haino, legend of the Japanese underground, returns to Brooklyn for two nights following up his sold out series at ISSUE in 2013. Tonight he takes the stage in a special duo with Tony Conrad, a luminary of minimalism and the New York avant-garde. These master improvisors of experimental music first joined forces in 2006, this will be their first NY appearance together since 2009. The dynamic cellist Okkyung Lee, celebrated for her raw and deeply tactile solo improvisations, opens the evening.
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Keiji Haino / xNOBBQx / X Wave

September 27, 2014 7:00 PM

Keiji Haino returns to ISSUE with a solo percussion set, closing our two-night series with the prolific icon of Japanese experimentalism. He is joined by experimental rock outfits xNOBBQx and X Wave, two high-energy groups out of Brisbane, the heart of Australia's underground.
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Peter Jefferies

October 01, 2014 8:00 PM

Hailing from New Plymouth, New Zealand, Peter Jefferies helmed legendary post-punk acts Nocturnal Projections and This Kind of Punishment throughout the 1980s. Jeffries comes to ISSUE performing two solo sets. Part of a 2014 tour that marks his first US appearance since 1994, Jefferies will supports the reissue of his brilliant sophomore album, Electricity, on Superior Viaduct.
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The Legend of Mothman & Spookhaus Apokalypse!

October 04, 2014 3:00 PM - October 04, 2014 8:00 PM

A shadow puppet play by Cary Loren (Destroy All Monsters) and Tom Carey, "The Legend of Mothman" brings the details of alien existence to light, in a humorous fantasy, mixed with pop-culture lore, set during Halloween in post-industrial Detroit. Sound by concept band Monster Island.
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Elliott Sharp: Port Bou

October 16, 2014 8:00 PM - October 17, 2014 8:00 PM

A newly commissioned opera by Elliott Sharp depicts the final moments of philosopher Walter Benjamin's life in Port-Bou at the French-Spanish border as he flees Nazi-occupied France. Bass/baritone Nicholas Isherwood stars with pianist Jenny Lin, accordionist William Schimmel, and electro-acoustic backgrounds by Sharp.
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Carol Robinson & Nate Wooley: Works of Eliane Radigue & Denis Dufour

October 24, 2014 8:00 PM

Clarinetist Carol Robinson and trumpeter Nate Wooley give American and World Premieres of new works by iconoclastic French composers Denis Dufour and Eliane Radigue. Radigue's "Occam" pieces are part of a substantial set of new works composed with a small group of the world's finest contemporary musical voices.
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Kye Showcase: Call Back the Giants, Vanessa Rossetto, Matt Krefting + more

October 25, 2014 8:00 PM

This evening highlights artists of the Kye record label, whose aesthetic involves "organizing sound" as opposed to "making music," in the words of founder/label-head Graham Lambkin. Performances will weave together concepts from both the sonic and visual arts, as well as the sounds of the everyday.
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Ne(x)tworks Plays New Works by Paul Pinto, Gelsey Bell, Miguel Frasconi

October 26, 2014 5:00 PM

An opera scene by Paul Pinto features renowned vocalist Joan La Barbara as the posthumous spirit of Thomas Paine. Gelsey Bell's "Weight", written for Ne(x)tworks and ISSUE's theater, receives its world premiere. Miguel Frasconi's "Sun Studies", interprets The Cantilever Rainbow, a poetic and visual text from 1965.
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Kye Showcase: Malcolm Goldstein, Graham Lambkin, Henning Christiansen

October 26, 2014 8:00 PM

Our two-night spotlight on the Kye label closes with solo performances by improvising violinist Malcolm Goldstein and Kye label-head Graham Lambkin. Lambkin also presents a tape piece by Henning Christiansen, a Danish composer and an active member of the Fluxus-movement.
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ISSUE Project Room
Eve Essex

22 Boerum Place
Brooklyn, NY 11201




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