Coming to the ISSUE Project Room

From New York’s ISSUE Project Room:

WED, JUNE 4 – 8:00PM
Francisco López
Taylor Deupree & Stephen Vitiello
$10 / $8 MEMBERS / $0 ALL-ACCESS
Francisco López makes a rare New York appearance— his first since two sold-out shows at ISSUE in 2012. He creates an immersive sonic experience in the dark, with multi-channel sound and blindfolded audience. Taylor Deupree and Stephen Vitiello, label-mates and collaborators, perform a unique duo featuring modular synthesizers, field recordings and guitar. The evening anticipates all three artists’ participation in Caramoor’s sound art exhibition In the Garden of Sonic Delights.

SAT, JUNE 7 – 8:00PM
Bill Orcutt
Glenn Jones
Mark McGuire
Matthew Mullane
Anthony Pasquarosa
$15 / $12 MEMBERS/ $0 ALL-ACCESS
Saturday night showcases performers of the Vin Du Select Qualitite, or VDSQ label, an acoustic guitar LP series curated by Steve Lowenthal of Swingset Magazine and Plastic Records. This hard-hiting bill includes legendary avant-folk artists Bill Orcutt and Glenn Jones, paired with a younger generation of ascending guitartists: Mark McGuire (Emeralds), Matthew Mullane and Anthony Pasquarosa. All five perform solo, celebrating new and forthcoming releases with VDSQ. A Critic’s Pick in Time Out New York!

WED, JUNE 11 – 8:00PM
William Basinski:
$20 / $15 MEMBERS / $0 ALL-ACCESS
Composer William Basinski has been active for over three decades, creating a vast body of haunting and melancholic soundscapes that have secured his place as an icon of contemporary ambient music. Tonight he performs solo, returning to ISSUE with the New York premiere of his recent evening-length work “Cascade”.

SAT, JUNE 14 – 8:00PM
Circuit des Yeux / Tsembla / Kuupuu

MON, JUNE 16 – 7:00PM
Benefit for the Frantz Casséus Young Guitarists Program featuring Marc Ribot & more

FRI, JUNE 27 – 8:00PM
The Ashcan Orchestra: Apollo’s Accidental Answer

SUN, JUNE 29 – 3:00PM
Either/Or: Morton Feldman’s “For Philip Guston”

Atonal Composers Gather For Atony Awards

Yes, this is a joke. And its a pretty good one.

From The Onion:

The recording industry’s top atonal composers gathered in Los Angeles Monday for the gala seventh annual Atony Awards. “Tonight is hostile music’s biggest night,” said Krzysztof Penderecki, nominee in the Most Dissonant Piece category. “I can’t tell you what a thrill it is to be here, surrounded by so many legends of arrhythmic cacophony.” The highlight of the evening is expected to be the awarding of the Olivier Messiaen Lifetime Achievement Award to Karlheinz Stockhausen for “more than five decades of aggressively impenetrable anti-music.”

Audrey White, the Lost Civilizations experimental music project and Utenzil at the Black Squirrel in DC

From Facebook:

On June 15, Audrey White (NRIs, The Feed) will be in solo performance in the Indie Adams Morgan ( series at the Black Squirrel (

The Lost Civilizations experimental music project (; is a collaboration between Mike Sebastian (tenor sax, saxello, baritone sax and bass clarinet) and T. A. Zook (basscello and misc. instruments). Although essentially a duo, when schedules permit, it is joined by Jerry Busher (drums); Amanda Huron (percussion); Doug Kallmeyer (bass and electronics), Nate Scheible (percussion), Mark Pry (drums), Larry Gomez (percussion) and Emily Chimiak (violin). Here’s a free download of their May 18 performance at this venue, with John Hallberg sitting-in on percussion and Manabu Nagase sitting-in on electric violin: The performance was unscored, unrehearsed and improvised extemporaneously on the spot; this was the first time that all four had played together. No two performances by the Lost Civilizations experimental music project are the same; their June 15 performance will also be unscored, unrehearsed and improvised extemporaneously on the spot

Utenzil ( will wrap up the evening. Utenzil is the solo project of Michael McMorris, which brings together fitful decades of musical experience/experiments plus software, laptops, mixer and instruments which include various controllers, a DIY double neck midi guitar, live guitar and voice.

This event is no cover/no minimum and all ages.

5049 Records Podcast: Eivind Opsvik

From 5049 Records:

Eivind Opsvik is a smooth Norwegian man who has been living and working in New York since 1998. He plays the bass with clarity, precision and lots of feel. When not playing he also runs his own record label, Loyal Label. With both his own music and the label, Eivind has a refined aesthetic that is reflective of an appreciation for craftsmanship. Reviews

Chris Schlarb, NightSky composer
Chris Schlarb, NightSky composer (Photo credit: jeriaska)


Chris Schlarb – Making the Saint
Quorum – Gestation
Various Artists Höfnin Hljómar – Íslensk Raftónlist / Electronic Music From Iceland
Valerio Tricoli – Miseri Lares
Fennesz – Bécs

Matthew Shipp Interview

Matthew Shipp
Cover of Matthew Shipp

From Bluefat:

If you want to know where Matthew Shipp’s heading, you need to listen to where he’s been. The NYC-based jazz/other pianist, who’s poked and prodded non-mainstream spheres with the likes of David S. Ware, El-P, DJ Spooky, Spring Heel Jack and Roscoe Mitchell‘s Note Factory, among many others, now takes us inside/outside on his new acoustic piano set I’ve Been to Many Places. An exploded view of the curiously varied avenues and alleyways Shipp has trekked these many years as one of our premier piano improvisers/redefiners, the album’s many pleasures include several beautifully brainy (and just plain beautiful) pop and jazz standards. I’ve Been to Many Places, which comes out September 9, is a fascinating can of worms, a very special breed of music whose creator’s mind and matter was, during the throes of the music’s creation, most likely impacted by politics, sports, natural disasters, the economy and etc., etc., etc.