This Week at the ISSUE Project Room

From NY’s ISSUE Project Room:

Wednesday, January 20th
The New Roratoria: David Sutton
New Program Highlighting Emerging Artists Creating New Work on ISSUE Project Room’s Signature 15-Channel Speaker System Designed by Stephan Moore
8:30pm, $10
ISSUE Project Room is proud to announce a new program which provides emerging composers with technical training in the creation of new and site-specific work on our signature 15-channel speaker system designed by Stephan Moore. The system generates immersive sonic environments, enabling electronic sounds to take on the characteristic intimacy of acoustic instruments, and liberating location as a musical dimension. In 2010, this new series will feature: David Sutton (1/20), Greg Kelley (2/26), Grouper (3/26), and Carlos Giffoni (4/10).

Thursday, January 21st
Littoral Series: Laird Hunt
8:30pm, $10
ISSUE’s Littoral Series began in 2006, and is a monthly event curated by Tony Antoniadis, pairing writers with musicians, sound artists, and video artists. Named after IPR’s former location on the edge of the Gowanus Canal, Littoral is an attempt to cross-pollinate poetry and fiction with image and sound, and to bring New York City’s innovative (but often separated) creative communities together.

Laird Hunt, author of short stories, mock parables and histories, and four novels (most recently Ray of the Star) will be reading from his work. Musical performance TBA.

ISSUE’s Littoral Series is supported, in part, by The Casement Fund and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

Friday, January 22nd
Apothecary Hymns + Sacred Harp
New minimalist rock/heavy rural psych from shambolic, shamanistic Apothecary Hymns + Old Time appalachia and psychedelic beveled edges from Sacred Harp.
8:30pm, $15

Saturday, January 23rd
viBe Songmakers + Christy & Emily + DJ Marcelle & Kid Millions + Pterodactyl
A Musical Education in Brooklyn
8:30pm, $15

Dreamy folk duo Christy + Emily (guitarist Christy Edwards and pianist Emily Manzo) bring their signature guazy sound to ISSUE along with several companions: the Brooklyn-based viBe Soundmakers (whom Chirsty + Emily mentor), DJ Marcelle/Another Nice Mess turntable duet with Kid Millions of Oneida, and Brooklyn indie noise rockers Pterodactyl.

The viBeGirls SongMakers is an advanced music/song creation program that accepts 4-6 underserved Brooklyn teenagers every year and gives them the tools they need to be tomorrow’s artistic and cultural leaders and revolutionaries.

Writing, recording, and performing orginal songs with professional musicians helps empower these girls to communicate through music. Instruction in piano, songwriting, drum machine, music theory, and digital production helps the girls make the music; an introduction to business and entrepreneurial skills helps the girls market and distribute their CDs; then, the girls learn basic video and editing skills and create their own music videos.

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