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<nettime-ann> JANDEK at ISSUE Project Room - September 6th @ 8pm

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Sunday, September 6th @ 8:00pm ISSUE Project Room presents, in the courtyard of the Old American Can Factory:


with Ryan Sawyer, Susan Alcorn, Shahzad Ismaily + Ryan Sawyer, C. Spencer Yeh, Nate Wooley Trio


232 3rd street, Brooklyn, 11215

Buy Tickets | Admission: 20$

Officially, Jandek is not a person. Albums and live performances are credited to "Jandek", but the man on the album covers and on stage is "a representative from Corwood Industries". Corwood is the record label; "Jandek" is the musical project. Both are directed by the same individual. The trinity of Jandek, Corwood, and "the representative" is both three and one.

Jandek sings death blues, ballads and improvised songs with a voice that's as haunted as Robert Johnson. This is music from the ultimate void - vaguely related to genres like folk, blues and avant-garde but in the end it can only be the sound of Jandek. And there's never been anything else quite like it.

There had never been any tours, interviews, or public appearances: just the "art itself", laid out hermetically sealed from the world in the form of the Corwood Industries discography - perhaps one of the most personally revelatory and deeply human bodies of work of any artist of the modern era - ...until 2004, when "a representative of Corwood Industries" appeared unannounced at Glasgow's Instal Festival. Since then he has performed shows across the world in various mind-blowing configurations - Chris Corsano, Richard Youngs, Loren Conors and Alan Licht have all played with him.

For his ISSUE Project Room show Jandek will be performing with Ryan Sawyer, Susan Alcorn and Shahzad Ismaily.

Ryan Sawyer (drummer/composer) plays with Stars Like Fleas, Tall Firs, Lone Wolf and Cub, amongst many others. An improviser that has played with everyone from Thurston Moore to Scarlett Johansson. Recorded on such seminal albums as At the Drive-In's debut Acrobatic Tenement and Tv on the Radio's Return To Cookie Mountain. Most recently, he co-wrote and performed the New York chapter of the Boredoms 88 Boa-drum. He lives in Brooklyn.

Susan Alcorn is a Baltimore, Maryland-based composer and musician who has received international recognition as an innovator of the pedal steel guitar, an instrument whose sound is commonly associated with country and western music. Alcorn has absorbed the technique of C&W pedal steel playing and refined it to a virtuosic level. Her original music reveals the influence of free jazz, avant-garde classical music, Indian ragas, Indigenous traditions, and other musics of the world. The UK Guardian describes her music as "beautiful, glassy and liquid, however far she strays from pulse and conventional harmony."

In addition to frequent tours throughout North America and Europe, Susan has performed at the London Festival of Experimental Music; the Musique Action Festival in Nancy, France; Leipzig JazzTage; The Stone and CBGB's in New York; Ateliers Tampon in Paris; and at Il Continiere in Rome.

Though mostly a solo performer, she has collaborated with numerous artists including Pauline Oliveros, Eugene Chadbourne, Jandek, Peter Kowald, Ellen Fullman, Caroline Kraabel, Lê Quan Ninh, Sean Meehan, Joe McPhee, LaDonna Smith, Mike Cooper, Johanna Varner, Maggie Nicols, and Fred Frith.

Her newest release, And I Await the Resurrection of the Pedal Steel Guitar, is available on Olde English Spelling Bee

Shahzad Ismaily was born to Pakistani immigrant parents and grew up in a wholly bicultural household. While he holds a masters degree in biochemistry from Arizona State University, he is a largely self-taught composer and musician, having mastered the electric and double bass, guitar, banjo, accordion, flute, drums, various percussion instruments and various analog synthesizers and drum machines. Ismaily has recorded or performed with an incredibly diverse assemblage of musicians, including Laurie Anderson and Lou Reed, Tom Waits, Jolie Holland, Laura Veirs, Bonnie Prince Billy, Faun Fables, Secret Chiefs 3, John Zorn, Elysian Fields, Shelley Hirsch, Niobe, Will Oldham, Nels Cline, Mike Doughty (of Soul Coughing), Graham Haynes, David Krakauer, Billy Martin (of Medeski Martin and Wood), Carla Kihlstedt's Two Foot Yard, the Tin Hat Trio, Raz Mesinai and Burnt Sugar. He has also composed regularly for dance and theater, including for Min Tanaka, the Frankfurt Ballet and the East River Commedia. Recently he composed the score for the critically acclaimed movie Frozen River, which won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. He was also an Artist in Residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts in San Francisco, CA in 2008. Currently based in New York , Ismaily has studied music extensively in Pakistan, India, Turkey, Mexico, Santiago, Japan, Indonesia, Morocco and Iceland.


232 3rd Street, 3rd Floor | Brooklyn, NY 11215 US

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