Unsound Festival NY 2014

New York’s ISSUE Project Room is organizing this year’s Unsound Festival:

Oren Ambarchi
Cover of Oren Ambarchi

Unsound Festival NY 2014
WED, APRIL 2, 2014 TO SUN, APRIL 6, 2014

Unsound Festival New York, fearless, bold and adventurous, is a stateside edition of the annual premiere alternative music festival Unsound Festival in Krakow, Poland (now in its twelfth year). After taking 2013 off to launch successful editions of Unsound in Adelaide, Australia (at Adelaide Festival) and London, England, spring 2014 sees their return with this fourth New York edition running from Wednesday April 2nd through Sunday April 6th at venues in Manhattan and Brooklyn, including ISSUE Project Room.

The artists featured this year will be Oren Ambarchi (Australia), Wilhelm Bras (Poland), Suzanne Ciani (USA), copeland (Estonia), Demdike Stare (UK), DeepChord (USA), Michael England (UK), Evol (Spain), Huerco S (USA), Ital & Halal (USA), Kapital (Poland), Piotr Kurek (Poland), Le Petit Garçon (Norway), Leisure Muffin (USA), Paal Nilssen-Love (Norway), Ben Manley (USA), Sean Meehan (USA), Miles (UK), Neotantrik (UK), Phill Niblock (USA), Pietnastka (Poland), Robert Piotrowicz (Poland), Porter Ricks (Germany), James Rushford (Australia), string players from Sinfonietta Cracovia (Poland), Hakon Stene (Norway), Stara Rzeka (Poland), Joe Talia (Australia), Vladislav Delay (Finland), Ben Vida (USA), Andy Votel (UK) and Hubert Zemler (Poland).

Oren Ambarchi: Knots / EVOL play Hanne Darboven
WED, APRIL 2, 2014 – 8:00PM
UNSOUND OPENING NIGHT: Oren Ambarchi presents a live version of “Knots” featuring percussionist Joe Talia and violist James Rushford leading the Sinfonietta Cracovia players. Spanish computer-music outfit EVOL premiere a new reinterpretation of conceptual artist and composer Hanne Darboven’s legendary piece “Opus 17a”.

Demdike Stare’s “Concealed” / Phill Niblock / Stara Rzeka
FRI, APRIL 4, 2014 – 8:00PM
FIRST UNITARIAN CONGREGATIONAL SOCIETY: 116 PIERREPONT ST., BROOKLYN, 11201
A special presentation of Demdike Stare’s audio-visual work “Concealed” is performed the Sinfonietta Cracovia players. Phill Niblock presents and solo work as well as “Unipolar Dance” for two violins. Stara Rzeka, a key player in Poland’s experimental scene offers “magical brutalism”, blurring black metal and ambient.

Sean Meehan & Ben Manley / Håkon Stene / Hubert Zemler
SAT, APRIL 5, 2014 – 3:00PM
An afternoon percussion concert is headlined by Sean Meehan & Ben Manely, veterans of the NY scene since the 80s, who improvise duo. Warsaw-based Hubert Zemler plays solo, crossing new music, world music and improvisation. Norway’s Håkon Stene performs works by Lars Petter Hagen and Michael Pisaro.

Ben Vida “Damaged Particulates (undersong edition)”
SUN, APRIL 6, 2014 – 2:15PM
SUN, APRIL 6, 2014 – 3:30PM
SUN, APRIL 6, 2014 – 4:45PM
EXPERIMENTAL INTERMEDIA: 224 CENTRE ST, NYC
“Damaged Particulates (undersong edition)” is a new exploration of sub bass created by one the most prolific sound artists and electronic musicians in New York today, Ben Vida. Low frequencies will be transmitted directly to your body through seat-backs equipped with SubPac, a high-fidelity tactile audio system.

Bocian Showcase: Paal Nilssen-Love & Robert Piotrowicz / James Rushford & Joe Talia / Kapital
SUN, APRIL 6, 2014 – 6:00PM
Unsound closes with a spotlight on Bocian Records. Kaptial merge electro-acoustics and psychedelic guitar. James Rushford & Joe Talia engage a palette of extended instrumental timbre and submerged synthesizers. Modular synth specialist Robert Piotrowicz and master drummer Paal Nilssen-Love play their first duo set.

Additional dates:

THURSDAY APRIL 3 – 7:30PM – FREE
@ DAVID RUBENSTEIN ATRIUM AT LINCOLN CENTER, 61 W.62 ST, NYC
* Pietnastka
* Neotantrik & Suzanne Ciani – USA Premiere
Part of the Target® Free Thursdays series.

FRIDAY APRIL 4 – 10PM – $20 ADV
MUTUAL DREAMING @ CAMEO GALLERY, 93 N.6TH ST, BROOKLYN, NY
* DeepChord (Live)
* copeland (Live)
* Wilhelm Bras (Live)
* Huerco S (DJ)
* Visuals by Aurora Halal
* Lighting installation by Nitemind

SATURDAY APRIL 5 – 1:30-6PM – FREE
GOETHE-INSTITUT WYOMING BUILDING, 5 E. 3RD ST, NYC
Artist talks and discussions:
* 1:30 – Listening Session: Thomas Koner from Porter Ricks
* 3pm – Dialogue: Suzanne Ciani + Andy Votel
* 4:30pm: Panel Discussion: Network Theory—An Introduction and Inquisition for ICAS (International Cities of Advanced Sound)

SATURDAY APRIL 5 – $13 / $8 BAM CINEMA CLUB MEMBERS
BAMCINÉMATEK @ BAM ROSE CINEMAS, 30 LAFAYETTE AVE, BROOKLYN, NY
* “Rondo” (directed by Janusz Majewski) with a live score by Piotr Kurek
* Andy Votel presents “Kleksploitation” – USA Premiere

SATURDAY APRIL 5 – DOORS 9PM – $20 ADV – 21+
THE BUNKER @ THE WICK, 260 MESEROLE ST, BROOKLYN, NY
* Porter Ricks (Live)
* Vladislav Delay (Live)
* Ital & Halal (Live) – World Premiere
* Miles (DJ)
* Leisure Muffin (Live)
* Le Petit Garçon (Live)

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