Keiji Haino, Tony Conrad And Okkyung Lee To Perform At Issue Project Room On Sept. 26

By Maria Jean Sullivan on Sep 20, 2014 01:46 PM EDT

Japanese underground guru Keiji Haino and New York avant-garde minimalist Tony Conrad will play at Issue Project Room on September 26, marking their first NY performance together since 2009. The evening will begin with cellist Okkyung Lee.

Since the 1970’s, Keiji Haino has been known for his blues-inspired solo guitar performances with his band Fushitsusha. Haino pulls inspiration from troubadour music, Marlene Dietrich, Iannis Xenakis, Syd Barrett, Charlie Parker and Blind Lemon Jefferson. He also draws from the Japanese musical concept of “Ma,” the silent spaces in music. He has collaborated on work with Faust, Boris, Derek Bailey, Loren Connors, Stephen O'Malley, Oren Ambarchi, Jim O'Rourke and John Zorn.

Tony Conrad, on the other hand, has dabbled in many mediums including: composer, filmmaker, video artist, media activist, writer and educator. Conrad is perhaps better known for making the Velvet Underground happen and as a co-founder The Dream Syndicate and "dream music" better known as drone. A founding member of the ISSUE Project Room Board, Conrad has composed works for solo amplified violin with amplified strings.

And lastly, opener Okkyung Lee is a Classicalite favorite. Okkyung has collaborated with Christian Marclay, Thurston Moore, Wadada Leo Smith, Ikue Mori, Evan Parker, C. Spencer Yeh, Carlos Giffoni and Maja Rajtke. Her 2013 release Ghil is a stunning LP of solo improvisations recorded direct to dictaphone by Lasse Marhaug.

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