Polish Cultural Institute New York
and Goethe-Institut New York
UNSOUND FESTIVAL NEW YORK
Electronic / Experimental Music
Wednesday, April 18, 2012 - Sunday, April 22, 2012
BAMcinematek, Issue Project Room, David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, (Le) Poisson Rouge, Warsaw, West Park Presbyterian Church, Film Anthology Archives, Glasslands, Wyoming Building
Sold individually by the venues and organizations.
"High-tech, allusive and not to be pinned down." Jon Pareles, New York Times
"The point is, "music" and "noise" are in the ear of the beholder, and the ways we divide and organize the sounds around us are as unpredictable as we are. This kind of thinking seems to reside at the heart of the Unsound Festival."
John Schaefer, NPR/WNYC
Unsound Festival New York continues into its third season in 2012, cementing its place in New York's cultural calendar with a program of forward-thinking music, discussion panels, screenings and talks spread across Manhattan and Brooklyn. By embracing a broad range of genres from contemporary classical music to post-industrial sounds to black metal to new directions in bass-driven club music, UNSOUND Festival uniquely explores the current music scene's cutting edge.
The festival is the product of a unique collaboration between the organizers of Kraków's UNSOUND Festival - now in its tenth year - with New York curators, cultural institutes, and venues.
Artists featured in the New York edition include a strong focus on Central and Eastern Europe, plus a selection of artists from the Nordic region. These artists will not only perform solo, but in a series of exciting live collaborations and improvisations under the banner UNSOUND LABS music program. UNSOUND LABS discussion program will include talks, presentations, and screenings. These are presented with the UK's The Wire Magazine.
Polish artists will include Jacaszek, promoting the release of his album Glimmer on the US label, Ghostly International, and sharing a bill with LA dark ambient overlord Lustmord and Norwegian electronic music pioneer Biosphere. Electronic jazz group Baaba will perform a genre-bending live score to a selection of Polish classic animated films. LXMP will use percussion and vintage synths like the Korg MS20 to reinterpret Herbie Hancock's "Future Shock." Napszyklat will perform their mix of experimental sounds, noise and hip hop with lyrics in Polish. Krakow based DJ Eltron John (Marek Stuczynski) will perform sets containing Funk and Disco, as well as skillfully blended House music. For the UNSOUND LABS music program, percussionist Tomek Choloniewski will collaborate with experimental electronic artist Denis Kolokol and trumpet star Nate Wooley; on the same bill Bartosz Weber from Baaba will perform with Mark McGuire from Emeralds. Other standouts numbered on this thickly impressive program include LA composer Julia Holter, dub-inspired DJ Sun Araw, and German electronic music titan Monolake.
Online music sampler
Festival Partners & Credits
UNSOUND FESTIVAL NEW YORK is presented by:Fundacja Tone, the Polish Cultural Institute New York and Goethe-Institut New York
In Cooperation With: Trust for Mutual Understanding, the Royal Norwegian Consulate General in New York and San Francisco, the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Norwegian Consulate General of San Francisco, MIC Music Information Centre Norway, the Consulate General of Finland in New York, the Netherlands Cultural Service, Instituto Camões, Embassy of Portugal, Adam Mickiewicz Institute, European Commission Programme Culture, ECAS - European Cities of Advanced Sound, ICAS - International Cities of Advanced Sound
Anthology Film Archives, Backspin Promotions, BAMcinématek, The Bunker, Beyond Booking, The Blackened Music Series, Communikey Festival, Dub War, The David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, The Electronic Music Foundation, Glasslands, Goethe-Institut Wyoming Building, ISSUE Project Room, Percussion Lab, (Le) Poisson Rouge, Warsaw
Media Partners: The Wire, Hype Machine, LittleWhiteEarbuds, Playground Mag, Resident Advisor, Self Titled Mag
Retail Partner: Halcyon