Coming to the ISSUE Project Room

From the ISSUE Project Room:

Ten Years Alive on the Infinite Plain

Friday, September 20th – 8:00pm
Charles Curtis performs Christian Wolff,
Alison Knowles, Éliane Radigue + more

An internationally acclaimed cellist of new and experimental music, Charles Curtis has woven a unique career through the worlds of classical performance and musical experimentation, with a special emphasis on the interpretation of the post-John Cage American avant-garde. He has worked extensively with pioneers of new music including Christian Wolff, Alison Knowles and Éliane Radigue, whose works— among others— he performs in this pintimate solo concert.

World Premieres:
Christian Wolff: One Cellist (2013)
Éliane Radigue: Occam V (2012-13)

Charles Curtis
Saturday, September 21st – 8:00pm
Pitreleh / Tashi Wada & Charles Curtis

Tonight, ISSUE presents the live debut of Pitreleh— a new collaboration of Duane Pitre and Eleh. Both acclaimed in their own right, these two American electronic musicians come together to excavate shrouded nuances of sound, using precision tunings to uncover the depths of the harmonic series. The esteemed cellist Charles Curtis returns, performing works by San Francisco composer Tashi Wada, whose elegantly constructed tunings engage psycho-acoustic and “direct listening” experiences.

Coming Up:
Wednesday, September 25th – 8:00pm
On Nature and Our Supplements:
In poems and in pictures

Thursday, September 26th – 8:00pm
Elliott Sharp / Noura Mint Seymali &
Jeiche Ould Chighaly / Eli Keszler

Friday, September 27th – 8:00pm
Cooper Moore / Henry Grimes + Hprizm/High Priest

Friday, September 27th – 8:00pm
Jason Lescalleet & Graham Lambkin / Seth Cluett

Sunday, September 29th – 8:00pm
February / Dan Joseph Ensemble / Jason Bartel

Thursday, October 3rd – 8:00pm
Oren Ambarchi / Okkyung Lee & Michelle Boulé

Upcoming Philadelphia Shows

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From Philly’s Ars Nova Workshop:

Friday, September 20, 8pm
Darius Jones, alto saxophone; and Matthew Shipp, piano

Philadelphia Art Alliance, 251 S. 18th Street
$15 General Admission

Ars Nova Workshop is pleased to welcome Darius Jones and Matthew Shipp to Philadelphia. This formidable duo released Cosmic Lieder on Aum Fidelity records in 2011.

Shipp’s played piano since he was 5-years-old, studied at the New England Conservatory of Music with saxophonist Joe Maneri, and cut his teeth working with Roscoe Mitchell and David S. Ware. He’s since worked with many leading jazz musicians, including William Parker, Khan Jamal and Joe Morris. He visits Philadelphia in celebration of his most recent solo recording Piano Sutras.

Darius Jones joined the New York music community in 2005, after living and studying in Richmond, Virginia. Since then he has collaborated with artist such as Gerald Cleaver’s Black Host, William Parker’s Essence of Ellington, Trevor Dunn’s Proof Readers, Oliver Lake Big Band, Mike Pride’s From Bacteria to Boys, Chad Taylor, Michael Formanek, Kirk Knuffke, Weasel Walter, among others. Recent activity for the Aum Fidelity record label includes a quartet album entitled Book of Mæ’bul (Another Kind of Sunrise) (2012), featuring pianist Matt Mitchell, bassist Trevor Dunn and percussionist Ches Smith. He also co-leads the group Little Women, whose members include enor saxophonist Travis LaPlante, guitarist Andrew Smiley, and drummer Jason Nazary. They released their third album, Lung, in 2013.

Advance tickets:

Also, tonight, Thursday, September 19 at 8pm is Composing Improvisation (with Matthew Shipp and Nate Wooley) presented by ACF Philadelphia. For more information visit:


Saturday, October 5, 9pm
The Boot & Saddle, 1131 S. Broad Street
$15 General Admission


Tuesday, October 15, 8pm
Philadelphia Art Alliance, 251 S. 18th Street
$15 General Admission


Sunday, October 27, 8pm
Philadelphia Art Alliance, 251 S. 18th Street
$15 General Admission


Saturday, November 9, 8pm
Philadelphia Art Alliance, 251 S. 18th Street
$15 General Admission

AMN Reviews: Various Artists – Uno-Iki-San (Unoiki)

The music found in folds and cubbyholes of the aluminium-edged digiscape, which proves to be disarmingly squishy and groovy. Unoiki is a European platform for experimental everything from everywhere, seeking to fill the gaps between the club and the gallery, thinkers and actors, objects and subjects. For its third anniversary, it packed sixteen tracks into two discs and packaged them in an eye-catching poster-cum-origami by Belgian designer Jonathan Mangelinckx that lets you play with space and aspect the way these glitch artists themselves do.

Glitch music finds a rich seam to mine in the debris, errors and schmutz stuck in cracked motherboards. In both quality and breadth, Uno-Iki-San recalls the seminal Clicks_+_Cuts series by Mille Plateaux that introduced a fresh, microscopic aspect of digital music as the first new sound of the millennium, proving that rhythmic electronics can be much more than utilitarian dancefloor techno.

Ten and Tracer´s unsettlingly titled “I Did No More Than You Let Me Do” betrays some funny, bendy funk, as is J-Lab´s “And On To the Stars, MRZ´s jerky “Randensaft”, and Strukturator´s chewy “Cloroom”. Cleymoore´s “Circulo Doze” is long, tactile, and far friskier than its title suggests, while Paralelo´s is as spacious as a factory floor. Dr. Nojoke´s atonal stabs at the piano on “Ramause” reverse foreshadow Storion´s later percussive stabs at the anime twinkle eyes of “Labyrintine”.

Sleek and round as a Henry Moore sculpture rendered in carbon fiber, this well-curated collection is surprisingly warm – perhaps because of the surreptitious dub aesthetic most seem to have in common – defying its artificial DNA to grow impossibly ensanguined by the pressure from within. Important, out-there electronica with great curb appeal (with the exception of the closing, ten-minute electric guitar solo by the wildly misnamed Easy Listening, either an awful aural pun or an actual glitch in judgement).

Stephen Fruitman