Coming to the ISSUE Project Room

Elliott Sharp
Cover of Elliott Sharp

From New York’s ISSUE Project Room:


FRI, APRIL 18 – 7:30PM
Jason Lescalleet: “Trophy Tape”
ISSUE & Antholgy Film Archives team up for an eclectic/electric evening with Jason Lescalleet, one of America’s most dedicated sound artists. Lescalleet commissioned 13 artists to create videos for the 13 tracks on the first disc of “Songs About Nothing”, this show features this audio-visual album as well as a few extra special videos by New York artists who contributed to this project including C. Spencer Yeh, Adel Souto and Ellen Frances. Tickets are available in-person only at the Anthology Box Office 30 minutes prior to the show.

SAT, APRIL 19 – 8:00PM
Evan Calder Williams: “Violent X” with Taku Unami
The US Premiere of Evan Calder Williams’ film Violent X features a live voice and synth improvisation by Tokyo-based musician Taku Unami with Williams. This performance joins its work of pulp and radical history to early instances of cinema narration and accompaniment and conjures in sound, words, and halting frames the high-speed chases and low-grade rip-offs that marked an era’s subterranean thought.

In a second set Unami collaborates with philosopher Eugene Thacker and scientist Jarrod Fowler in a musical and non-musical improvisation. Cryptic, empty, and uncanny concepts and objects will be performed, evoking biological horror, cosmic pessimism, and entomological science fiction.

MON, APRIL 21 – 8:00PM
WSB100: Elliott Sharp & Steve Buscemi
RSVP (sold out!) guarantees entry until 8pm, after 8pm doors will be opened to capacity.

ISSUE and WSB100 present a celebration of the legacy of William S. Burroughs during the 100th anniversary of the writer’s birth. Actor, director and writer Steve Buscemi and composer/multi-instrumentalist Elliott Sharp continue their collaboration, creating a collage of sound and words integrating texts by Burroughs with Elliott Sharp’s vast soundworlds. Buscemi, who has a screenplay for Burroughs’ ‘Queer’ in development and spent much time with the writer in his later years, will lend his distinctive delivery and style to texts from throughout Burroughs’s diverse body of work.

Ultima Festival New York
Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival, the Nordic region’s premiere contemporary music festival, descends on New York for its first stateside edition. Over five events in collaboration with ISSUE, Ultima Festival NY presents a rich program of diverse and challenging contemporary music as well as avant-garde sounds past and present from the Nordic countries. At the heart of the festival is a special focus on lesser-known and under-recognized Scandinavian composers working across and between electronic music and traditional composition. Cornerstones of the series include ambitious stagings of works not yet seen in the US.

WED, APRIL 23 – 7:00PM
ULTIMA: Catherine Christer Hennix & Chora(s)san Time-Court Mirage

THU, APRIL 24 – 8:00PM
ULTIMA: Jacob Kirkegaard presents Else Marie Pade, Yarn/Wire

FRI, APRIL 25 – 8:00PM
ULTIMA: Henning Christiansen: Requiem of Art (NYC) Fluxorum Organum / Ne(x)tworks

SAT, APRIL 26 – 8:00PM
ULTIMA: Lubomyr Melnyk / Antti Tolvi
*at the First Unitarian Church

SAT, APRIL 26 – 8:00PM
ULTIMA: Serena-Maneesh & Vocal Ensemble / Frode Haltli

The Squid’s Ear Reviews

Paul Dunmall
Paul Dunmall (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From The Squid’s Ear:

Ingrid Lee – Mouth To Mouth (Another Timbre)
Paul Dunmall / Mark Hanslip / Philip Gibbs / Ed Ricart – Weeping Idols (FMR)
Thomas Heberer and Achim Kaufmann – Knoten (Red Toucan)
Various Artists – To Live and Shave in L.A. — The Grief That Shrieked to Multiply (Monotype)
Kristoff K. Roll / Daunik Lazro – Chants du Milieu (Creative Sources)

Wet Ink Devoted to New Electronic Sounds in Troy NY

EMPAC Opening - Troy, NY - 08, Oct - 02
EMPAC Opening – Troy, NY – 08, Oct – 02 (Photo credit: sebastien.barre)

From the Daily Gazette:

New music is known for its exploration of sound, often with the use of electronics. There is no more formidable ensemble devoted to this concept than Wet Ink. This collective of composers and instrumentalists will perform on Friday at EMPAC, the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center. “It’s state of the moment,” said Sam Pluta, who refers to himself as a laptop soloist although he started his music career as a singer before he began composing for computer in his senior year in college. “Electronics is still in its infancy. I take the sound from a real acoustic instrument and manipulate it and make it musical. It’s almost symbiotic.”