This Week at the ISSUE Project Room

Ashley Paul
Ashley Paul (Photo credit: Non Event)

From the ISSUE Project Room:

Thursday, October 24th – 8:00pm
Ann Liv Young
Jen Rosenblit & C. Spencer Yeh
$15 / $12 members & students

Wanton performance artist Ann Liv Young’s most recent alter ego, the homespun psychologist Sherry, confronts personality extremes of kindness, helplessness, and wickedness in conjunction with the stereotype she deals with most directly in her own life, the aggressive woman. Tonight Sherry, who shares, is paired with her opposing (though not opposed) character, Mary, who marries.

Dancer and choreographer Jen Rosenblit performs research into the contested spaces of anger and rage, speaking to an improvisatory opening for ‘the felt’, with sound by C. Spencer Yeh. Their previous intersection flaunted an affinity for games of chance, sound effects, boundaries, debris, reiteration, distraction. At ISSUE the duo reopen this dialogue, presenting their second collaboration after almost a year of silence.

Friday, October 25th – 8:00pm
Marina Rosenfeld
David Grubbs & Susan Howe
$15 / $12 members & students

Known equally as a composer of large-scale performances and an experimental turntablist working with hand-crafted dub plates, New York-based Marina Rosenfeld has been a leading voice in the increasing hybridization between the domains of visual art and music. Tonight Rosenfeld performs solo.

WOODSLIPPERCOUNTERCLATTER, the fourth collaboration in a decade from poet Susan Howe and musician / composer David Grubbs, receives its east coast premiere tonight. Veering away from the stuttering, profoundly fragmented seance of Frolic Architecture (2011), Howe and Grubbs present a sound-work that germinates from new, unpublished Susan Howe text collages (Tom Tit Tot, Childe Roland, Paul Thek, W.B.Yeats, etc.) blended with the resonant sounds and represented spaces of a grand piano and field recordings made in Boston’s Gardner Museum.

Saturday, October 26th – 8:00pm
Yarn/Wire perform Tristan Perich
Ashley Paul
Free / $10 suggested donation

Ten Years Alive on the Infinite Plain closes tonight with a free show of work by three former Artists-in-Residence: Yarn/Wire, Tristan Perich, and Ashley Paul. Yarn/Wire perform Perich’s Chalk– a relentless and hypnotic chamber piece for 2 pianos, 2 xylophones, and four-channel 1-bit electronics, that premiered at ISSUE in Spring 2012. Performer and composer Ashley Paul’s song-based solo albums have gained renown for their psychologically intense combinations of melody and raw texture.

Coming Up:
Wednesday, November 13th – 7:30pm
Benefit: Kim Gordon / Body/Head & Ikue Mori
+ Special Guest TBA

Thursday, November 14th – 8:00pm
Benefit: Kim Gordon & Jutta Koether
Kim Gordon & I.U.D.

Wednesday, November 20th – 8:00pm
The Power of the Collective:
STUDY (& Other Poems on Art) by Yuko Otomo

AMN Reviews: Merzbow / Mats Gustafsson / Balazs Pandi – Cuts (2013, Rare Noise Records)

Mats Gustafsson
Mats Gustafsson (Photo credit: neofob)

While Japanese noise-maven Merzbow is a prolific solo artist, his best work of late seems to be coming from his group efforts. This release, which also features Gustafsson on sax and clarinet, and Pandi on drums, is a case in point.

Free-improv groupings can be hit or miss. The individual players might sound like a bunch of people making random noises for an hour, or they might come together to build something more. Often, the difference between these two outcomes is subtle. However, Cuts falls squarely into the latter camp.

Merzbow provides the expected drones and walls of sound, and well as scraping and engine noises. Gustafsson adds his blowing and squealing to this mix, while Pandi’s drumming complements the others, but shifts the overall sound to encompass something of a free-jazz feel. Often Merzbow and Gustafsson blend together to the point where it is difficult to tell them apart. For instance, “Evil Knives. Lines.” begins with Merzbow squelching over drum rolls, and then Gustafsson brings in some high-pitched wails. The track evolves into a shifting post-apocalyptic soundscape with all three group members playing an all-out noise collage.

Another fine release from veterans Merzbow and Gustafsson, while Pandi adds to his growing resume.

Time Axiom: A Telematic Music Concert – New York, Belfast, Zurich

From the event page for Time Axiom:

Time Axiom: A Telematic Music Concert – New York, Belfast, Zurich
December 15, 2013
3:00pmEST New York, United States of America
8:00pmGMT Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
9:00pmCST Zurich, Switzerland

Time Axiom is a concert in the telematic music medium – live performance via the internet by musicians in different geographic locations. Featuring premieres of works by composers in New York – Mark Dresser, Elizabeth Hoffman, and Sarah Weaver, Time Axiom utilizes renowned acoustic and electronic musicians, static and processed video, and the temporal and spatial properties of the telematic medium.

This concert can be attended in-person at any of the locations. The high-definition audio and video network technology on high-bandwidth internet with low-latency provides a co-located venue for synchronous performance. Video processing by artists in Zurich – Benjamin Burger, Joel De Giovanni. The project is directed by Sarah Weaver with site coordinators Elizabeth Hoffman (New York), Franziska Schroeder (Belfast), Matthias Ziegler (Zurich).

Musique Machine Reviews

From Musique Machine:

Boar – Untitled
Vàg – Music For Smoke-Filled Elevators
PAS – Flanked By Women and Pumpkins
Brooklyn Rider – A Walking Fire
Glasgow Smile/Labo​ratory Fire – Split
Dead Body Collection – Under My Hands….She Dies On The Hospital Bed
T.R.A.S.E – Tape Recorder and Synthesiser Ensemble
Constant Light – Mag – Amplitude