ISSUE Project Room Celebrating 10th Anniversary
Downtown Brooklyn performing arts pioneer ISSUE Project Room will be celebrating its 10-year anniversary this fall by doing what it does best: hosting a world-class repertoire of experimental music performances during a two-month festival, aptly called Ten Years Alive on the Infinite Plain.
“ISSUE Project is really about stimulating dialogue within the artistic community. One of the major goals of our community is dealing with artists who are local and emerging but the flip side of the coin is to provide a context to put that in,” Eve Essex, Marketing & Outreach Director of Issue Project Room, said of the wide array of groups featured in the anniversary celebration. “By bringing together new and local artists with others from around the world, we really stimulate a dialogue dealing with time based work that’s not particularly local to New York.”
The festival kicks off August 31st with a day-long outdoor event at Pioneer Works headlined by Omar Souleyman, a Syrian pop-folk musician who combines classic musical styling with t modern dance and electronics. Other performances through October 26th include dance pieces from New York-based performer and choreographer Michelle Boulé, Irish guitar player and composer Cian Nugent, internationally-acclaimed cellist Charles Curtis, and dozens more. With genres ranging from improvisational blues to electronic composers and DJs, the festival is a celebration of music and performance across all genres and with no boundaries.
In the ten years since it was founded, ISSUE Project Room has called many locations home, from a garage in the East Village to a loft in a former canning factory. After moving from their last location in Gowanus three years ago, ISSUE Project Room was granted a 20-year lease on a theater space in the historic 110 Livingston Street building. The location has allowed the group to fully grow and prosper into a neighborhood institution.
“It’s a very permanent home that we’re about to start renovations on in the summer of 2014. Coming into this space was a blessing and it’s built with a chamber music hall and has really great acoustics,” Essex said. “It’s based in a neighborhood that’s becoming really well-known with the performing arts. Our audience has literally doubled on average since moving here. And we’ve been able to establish relationships with people who live in all of the neighborhoods close by.”
The $4 million renovation will begin next summer and create, among other things, an artist green room, a recording studio, and a bar.
“We’re converting it into something much more than a venue,” Essex said. “We’re turning it into a community space.”
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