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Fundacja Tone,
the Polish Cultural Institute in New York
and Goethe-Institut New York


Electronic / Experimental Music

Thursday, February 4, 2010 - Sunday, February 14, 2010

Lincoln Center, Walter Reade Theater, (Le) Poisson Rouge, Devotion Gallery, Wyoming Building, Harvestworks, Issue Project Room, Littlefield, Public Assembly, Rose
New York, NY

Tickets: are sold individually by venues / organizations or at the door if still available. Events at Wyoming Building, the festival opening at Lincoln Center, and Empire Groupshow at (Le) Poisson Rouge are free. Seating is limited: be early. 

Since 2003, Unsound, an adventurous music festival in Poland, has brought a bold, international and uniquely modern program of music to Krakow and launched outpost events further east in cities like Minsk. Now, the Polish Cultural Institute and Goethe-Institut New York are delighted to bring it west to New York for its first ever North American edition. Committed to forms of music and sound art involving innovation and risk, Unsound Festival New York has drawn on a range of vibrant electronic, experimental, independent, post-classical and club music scenes in order to forge new links between musical genres, generations, and artistic practices.

Unsound Festival New York boasts an ambitious lineup of artists from both Europe and the US. One cornerstone of the festival is EASTERN PROMISE, a substantial undertaking that aims to expose a wide range of musicians from east of Berlin who have long been overlooked in North America. Never before has such a range of producers and musicians from Eastern Europe been assembled to perform alongside their U.S. and West European counterparts. Coming to New York are techno artists Jacek Sienkiewicz (Poland), Petre Inspirescu (Romania) and Marcin Czubala (Poland), minimalist composer Jacaszek (Poland), experimentalist Zavoloka (Ukraine), bass mutator TRG (Romania), new-music ensemble Kwartludium (Poland), dub electronic artist Pavel Ambiont (Belarus) and drone specialist Zenial (Poland). A special exhibition of historical Polish Sound Postcards will also be on view.

A special series of events dedicated to and inspired by Andy Warhol, the WARHOL PROGRAM, features the worldwide debut of electronic soundtracks by Carl Craig (USA) and nsi. (Germany) performed live to screenings of vintage Warhol films, as well as the North American debut of Groupshow (Jan Jelinek, Andrew Pekler and Hanno Leichtmann) from Germany, which will perform an eight-hour long live, improvised soundtrack to Andy Warhol's Empire. Video artist Lillevan (Germany) will create a special series of Warhol-inspired Screen Tests during the festival.

The festival also features the US live debut of the Moritz Von Oswald Trio (Germany), the US debut of Vladislav Delay (Finland), & Lillevan's audio / video performance, a special program of the music of Polish Composer Henryk Mikolaj Gorecki, classical interpretations of music from the infamous US punk noise label SST, two nights of noise, drone, and experimental work, a Brooklyn electronic music showcase, two nights at the Bunker featuring the very best in contemporary Techno / House, and a special Bass Mutations showcase dedicated to dubstep and beyond. In addition, the festival features Kids' Patch - a special kids-only workshop in electronic music, and a thought-provoking series of panel discussions, workshops, and unique film screenings at Goethe-Institut New York Wyoming Building.

Presented by Fundacja Tone, the Polish Cultural Institute in New York and Goethe-Institut New York.

In cooperation with: Trust for Mutual Understanding, German Federal Foreign Office, the City of Krakow, Krakow Festival Office, Romanian Cultural Institute New York, Austrian Cultural Forum, Consulate General of Finland in New York, Pro Helvetia, Netherlands Consulate General in New York, Fonds Pop Over Zee, Anticipate Label, Beyond Booking, The Bunker, Devotion Gallery, Film Comment selects, ISSUE Project Room, Kiss and Tell, Wordless Music, and ICAS International Cities of Advanced Sound.

Media Partners: Resident Adviser, last fm, The Onion, A.V CLUB New York, Halcyon, Fader, URB, LWE, Brooklyn Vegan, and Self-Titled.


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