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  • First Unitarian Congregational Society
  • 116 Pierrepont St, Brroklyn, NY, 11201 US

Saturday, September 10th, at 7:30pm ET ISSUE will open its 2022 Fall season at First Unitarian Congregational Society in Brooklyn Heights with an in-person performance from the new improvising group of three singular artists: poet, theorist, critic Fred Moten (voice), improviser, composer, and multi-instrumentalist Brandon López (double bass), and Detroit-born jazz drummer Gerald Cleaver (drums). The evening also features composer/performer and media artist Pamela Z presenting solo works for voice, real-time electronic processing, sampled sounds, and wireless gesture controllers, plus sound artist, producer and DJ SYANIDE performing a new improvisation piece titled “8.” 


Join as an ISSUE Project Room Member at any level and receive a free ticket to the performance. 


The trio of Fred Moten, Brandon López, and Gerald Cleaver comes to ISSUE after having released their acclaimed eponymous album on Derek Baron’s Reading Group label earlier in 2022. López and Cleaver have been improvising together as a duo for a number of years, over which they’ve developed a secret, unspoken language of organically growing repetitive figures in a wide range of sonic palettes. López and Cleaver have long been recognized as some of the most vital voices in contemporary experimental improvised music, each with dozens of recordings and frequent performances in New York and abroad. They are joined here by Fred Moten, the inimitable poet, theorist, critic, and 2020 MacArthur Fellow. Moten’s presence, voicing poetry in an improvisatory syncopation with the instrumentalists, raises the music to third plane, putting the record in a broader collection of legendary spoken-word jazz records from Gil Scott-Heron and Amiri Baraka to the contemporary energies of Moor Mother and Irreversible Entanglements.


Pamela Z will perform a program of short solo works for voice, real-time electronic processing, sampled sounds, and wireless gesture controllers. The performance will include standalone works from her concert repertoire, excerpts from larger, more theatrical, performance works, and improvised work.


SYANIDE will be performing an improvisation piece titled ‘8’ based. This piece is rooted in an on-going introspection of intuitive ancestral technologies revealed through meditative submission. They will also be performing selections from their upcoming debut EP (exact release dates soon come)

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