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Tectonics: Brooklyn

The inaugural U.S. iteration of the acclaimed Tectonics festival will explore iconic voices in experimental composition.

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Tectonics Festival New York 2014

Posted on July 3, 2014 by ISSUE Project Room

On May 23 – 25, ISSUE Project Room presented the inaugural Tectonics Festival New York, featuring an array of emerging and iconic voices in contemporary composition. The above video compiles excerpts of some of the many highlights from throughout the three-day festival, including the premiere of a new chamber work piece by Eyvind Kang, featuring an incredible cast of singular performers including Oren Ambarchi, Jessika Kenney, Hildur Guonadottir, and Stephen O’Malley; a solo percussion work by Eric Richards, performed by Alan Zimmerman; a very rare performance of the late Harley Gaber’s magnum opus string quintet The Winds Rise in the North; the premiere of new work by sound artist Crys Cole; a performance of Alvin Lucier’s Still Lives by pianist Jenny Lin; and an improvised duo performance by festival founder/curator Ilan Volkov and percussionist Eli Keszler.

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Tectonics: Brooklyn – Full Line-Up

Posted on April 9, 2014 by ISSUE Project Room

Friday, MAY 23 – 7PM

Eyvind Kang – New Commission
Performed by Oren Ambarchi, Jessika Kenney, & Stephen O’Malley

Iancu Dumitrescu – ­ South Pole
Performed by Oren Ambarchi, Stephen O’Malley, Eli Keszler & Alan Zimmerman

Alvin LucierCriss-­Cross
Performed by Oren Ambarchi & Stephen O’Malley ­

Crys Cole – Solo performance

Jessika Kenney – Solo Performance

Giacinto Scelsi – Ho
Giacinto Scelsi – Manto 
Performed by Evyand Kang & Jessika Kenney

Saturday, May 24tH – 4PM 

Panel Discussion on the work of Harley Gaber with Paul Paccione, Ned Sublette and Bill Hellerman; moderated by Eric Richards.


Harley Gaber – The Winds Rise in the North
Performed by Conrad Harris, Pauline Kim, Esther Noh, Alex Waterman & Erin Wight.

Sunday, May 25th – 7PM

Eric Richards – Times Racing (with tape)
Eric Richards – Finalbells
Performed by Alan Zimmerman

Alvin Lucier – Music for Piano & Magnetic Strings
Alvin Lucier – Nothing Is Real
Performed by Jenny Lin & Alvin Lucier

Aaron Cassidy -­ I, Purples, Spat Blood, Laugh of Beautiful Lips
Evan Johnson­ – A General Interrupter to Ongoing Activit
Giacinto Scelsi -­ Three Latin Prayers
Alvin Lucier – ­ Music for Baritone and Slow Sweep Pure Wave Oscillators

Performed by Jeffrey Gavett

Hildur Guðnadóttir – Solo Performance

Photo of Evyind Kang & Jessika Kenny © by Frank Schmitt at www.stacholero.com.


Founded in 2012 by Ilan Volkov, music director of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, the Tectonics festival highlights cutting-edge emerging and established composers working across chamber, orchestral, and electro-acoustic mediums.  Providing a rare forum for the critical consideration of new developments in contemporary composition, the Tectonics festival folds in explorations of improvisation, interdisciplinary collaboration, and experimental performance practice.

Following acclaimed presentations in Reykjavik and Glasgow in 2012 -2013, Tectonics will present a constellation of events in the cities of Reykjavik, Glasgow, Tel Aviv, Adelaide and Brooklyn in 2014.  ISSUE Project Room will host the inaugural U.S. iteration of Tectonics at its historic theater on May 23 – 25, 2014.  Across solo and chamber recitals by renowned performers Oren Ambarchi & Stephen O’Malley, Crys Cole, Maya Dunietz, Ekmeles, Jeffrey Gavett, Hildur Guðnadóttir, Eyvind Kang, Jessika Kenney, Ilan Volkov, Alex Waterman, and Alan Zimmerman, the festival will feature works by a diverse array of singular American composers including Aaron Cassidy, Evan Johnson, Eyvind Kang, Alvin Lucier, and Eric Richards.  Tectonics: Brooklyn will also bring special focus on the work of maverick American composer Harley Gaber (1943 – 2011), offering a concert portrait and critical discussion on his pioneering body of work.

Across ten years of artistic innovation, ISSUE Project Room has evolved into “a beacon for new music in Brooklyn” (New Yorker, June 2012).  In addition to originating a number of landmark thematic series,  ISSUE has served as host and collaborator to a number of forward-thinking international new music festivals making their inaugural appearances in the U.S.: Gaudeamus Muziekweek New York (2012), Unsound Festival New York (2010 and 2012), and Swedish Energies (2011 – 2013).   Tectonics: Brooklyn will further advance this trajectory of vital international partnerships, bringing together a remarkable cast of performers from around the world to provide U.S. audiences with invaluable exposure to a spectrum of influential but under-recognized composers on the vanguard of experimental creative practice.  Across three evenings of performances, the festival will reach an anticipated total audience of 450.

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Alvin Lucier, Criss-Cross (2013) – Excerpt
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Commissioned for the 2013 Tectonics festival in Glasgow by curator Ilan Volkov, this work sample is an excerpt from the world premiere of Alvin Lucier’s “Criss-Cross” for two electric guitars and pure wave oscillators. The work is performed by iconoclastic experimental guitarists Oren Ambarchi and Stephen O’Malley, for whom the work was written.

For Tectonics: Brooklyn, Ambarchi and O’Malley will present the U.S. premiere of “Criss-Cross”, as well as world premieres by Eyvind Kang, Maya Dunietz, and Giuliano d’Angiolini.

Harley Gaber, The Winds Rise in the North (I) (1976) – excerpt
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Features: Malcolm Goldstein

This work sample is an excerpt from the studio recording of Harley Gaber’s 100-minute opus “The Winds Rise in the North,” performed in this recording by Linda Cummiskey (violin), Kathy Seplow (violin), Stephen Reynolds (viola), David Gibson (violoncello), and Malcolm Goldstein (violin).

Tectonics: Brooklyn will present a rare performance of the full work as part of an evening-length composer portrait of Gaber. Original performer Malcolm Goldstein, featured in this recording, will perform throughout the Gaber portrait concert.

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