May FSN Poster_Web SquareFound Sound Nation
Concert Series Event #5
Friday, May 22
7pm; $10 Suggested Donation

Operating under the overarching FSN ethos that encourages the diminishing of boundaries in music-making and music-listening – be they ethnic, cultural, or stylistic – this concert series features a diverse curation of artists, both local and international. Audiences and performers alike are invited to experience something special and out-of-the-ordinary, as this collection of traditional and contemporary artists, community members and visitors, congregates in a unique kind of concert environment to engage in the intimate offering of sound.

Featuring: Port St Willow, Bombay Rickey, Margaret Glaspy, Ian Chang

Produced by Nandi Plunkett
Curated by Elena Moon Park
Audio engineered by Ezra Tenenbaum
Visual and lighting design by Celina Carney
Video projections by Zack Levine

Aylum Web SquareWhat Would The Community Think?
Film Series

#3. Asylum (1971, Peter Robinson, 95 minutes)
Thursday, May 28
7:30 pm; Tickets $10 Here

“In 1971, a group of filmmakers were granted the opportunity to film for several weeks at a unique home for “mentally troubled” individuals in London, UK. The Archway Community was based in large part on the theories of the late, radical psychiatrist R.D. Laing, including his belief that the hierarchical structure of the usual doctor-patient relationship could be broken down by communal living – an effort to break the cycle of people being fruitlessly shuttled between mental hospitals and their often dysfunctional homes. The film participates in this ethos, simply observing the housemates as they interact with each other, often in fascinating digressions that illustrate Laing’s thesis at the time that “madness”, while painful, could sometimes have creative and socially positive outcomes. A tremendously humane and powerful document of community.” – courtesy Laing Society

About The Series – “What Would the Community Think?”
A film series exploring how people form communities; the shared vision through which it is built, and what is deemed a success or failure. The desires and purposes of individuals forming groups, or the rejection of one lifestyle/community for another. Filmmaking collectives documenting their own existence or that of others, and the community that is created just by watching a film together.

Previous screenings in this series: Approaching the Elephant (Amanda Rose Wilder, 2014), Troublemakers and We Got to Live Here (Norman Fruchter & Robert Machover, 1966)

Third event of “What Would the Community Think?” film series organized by Jake Perlin, film programmer.

Mouth WhiteVisionIntoArt’s annual FERUS Festival
Friday, May 29 + Saturday, May 30
Advance Sales: $15 per day or $30 for a 2-day Festival pass
Day Of: $20 per day or $40 for a 2-day Festival pass
Purchase Tickets Here

The 2015 Ferus Festival is a two day extravaganza of music, theatre, sound and vision that highlights new projects in a workshop-performance setting. The Ferus Festival is presented by VisionIntoArt, a multimedia production company that facilitates flamboyant, confounding, and enticing collaborations.

Featured composers/musicians include Cornelius Dufallo (violin), Molly Joyce, Mikael Karlsson, Hafez Modirzadeh (alto sax), Gity Razaz, Agata Zubel (voice), with featured performers Lucy Dhegrae (soprano), Leo Genovese (piano), Ariadne Greif (soprano), Patrick Jones (pianoforte), Christopher Oscar Peña (librettist), Inbal Segev (cello), and Jeffrey Zeigler (cello), production collaborators Carmen Kordas, Caroline Park, Austin Regan, and librettists Christopher Oscar Peña and Royce Vavrek.

The 2015 Ferus Festival is supported in part by the New Music USA Cary’s New Music Performance Fund and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in Partnership with the City Council and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Agata Zubel is presented in partnership with the Polish Cultural Institute New York. Q2 is the official Ferus Festival Digital Partner.


Friday, May 29th
7pm Hafez Modirzadeh (alto sax/composer) and Agata Zubel (voice/composer) with Leo Genovese (re-tuned piano), Cornelius Dufallo (violin) and Jeffrey Zeigler (cello)

Saturday, May 30th
3pm Cornelius Dufallo (composer/violin), Mikael Karlsson (composer), Lucy Dhegrae (soprano), Patrick Jones (fortepiano/music director of YouSaid…), Molly Joyce (composer), and Royce Vavrek (librettist)
5pm Ariadne Greif (voice), Carmen Kordas (visuals), Caroline Park (sound design), Gity Razaz (composer), Inbal Segev (cello)

zine_exchange_square-05Zine Exhange
Friday, June 5
6 – 10pm; FREE, RSVP Here

Calling all artists, writers, and malcontents! On Friday, June 5th, Pioneer Works will bring together zine authors and aficionados to display, trade, and sell their zines in the first event of its kind.

From 6-8pm, we will break out from behind the tables with a zine exchange game. You can bring a zine to play for free, or buy a $5 ticket. All participants will randomly choose a number that corresponds to a zine on display. From there, you can either keep your selection or get a sticker that will show others in the room that you want to trade. Talk, meet, debate the virtues of your zine, and see what you end up with!

From 8-10pm, zine makers are invited to display and sell up to three titles from shared tables. If you would like to sell your zines at the event, we ask that you attend the entire event and also contribute zines to the exchange game. If you know in advance that you would like to sell zines, please RSVP here so that we can estimate the amount of table space. Drop-ins will be accepted, though people who have registered in advance will have first priority at the tables. Zines can be dropped off in advance of the event on Thursday, June 4th, from 10am-6pm, and on Friday from 10am-4pm.

This event is free and open to the public; drinks will be available for purchase.

Film Screening
Friday, June 12
7pm; Tickets $10 – Purchase Here

“Glass” is a program of short experimental works about glass. This program includes The Wonder Ring, an early work by avant-garde film legend Stan Brakhage exploring windows, distortion, light and vision on NYC’s Third Avenue elevated train (demolished soon thereafter.) The centerpiece of the lineup is John Smith’s 1991 film Slow Glass, a mesmerizing experimental documentary that presents a discussion of the manufacture of glass as a way to explore memory and transformation. Filled with Smith’s signature witty wordplay and elegant visual punning, Slow Glass also quietly ponders weighter issues of urban transformation and the value placed on craftsmanship. Smith’s films Gargantuan and The Black Tower have been featured in past experimental screenings at Pioneer Works.

“Glass” is curated by Alexander Stewart, who has programmed several screenings of experimental film works at Pioneer Works, including the Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation in 2013 and 2014.

Standish Lawder, Catfilm for Katy & Cynnie, 3:00, 1973, 16mm
Make A Wish: Glass (Macmillan Films – Arthur J Hornitz, dir.) – 12:30, 1972, 16mm
Stan Brakhage – Wonder Ring, 5:22, 1955, 16mm
John Smith – Slow Glass, 40:00, 1991, 16mm

With additional works TBA; 70 mins. total

Second Sundays
Sunday, June 14
4-10pm, FREE

SECOND SUNDAYS is a monthly series of open studios, live music, and site-specific interventions presented by Pioneer Works the second Sunday of every month. The series showcases artists in residence along with musical performances and DJs, curated by Olivier Conan.

Stream the event live on Clocktower Radio at!

Clocktower Radio, Clara Claus, Hyon Gyon, Robyn Hasty, Tommy Martinez, Azikiwe Mohammed, Nanotronics Imaging, Joséphine Kaeppelin, Paul Korzan, Ido Michaeli, Sascha Pohflepp & Chris Woebken, Phillip Stearns and Jessica Vaughn

Band 1 squareINNOVE GNAWA 6:30pm
The New York-based group of Moroccan musicians plays Gnawa music – the southern Moroccan trance music with roots in pre-islamic animist traditions. Led by master Maalem Hassan BenJaafer, InnoVe Gnawa uses traditional instrumentation such as the lute-like Sintir and the large castanet type Krakebs to accompany its ancient chants. Their approach is resolutely innovative though – an hypnotic, take on this ecstatic, trance-inducing tradition which has enthralled and inspired generations of musicians from around the world.

Band 2 squareSUPERMAMBO, A Vibes Tribute to TITO PUENTE 8:00pm
Mambo King and timbalero extraordinaire Tito Puente was also an accomplished vibraphone player. The instrument was prominently featured on his early mambo recordings. Grammy-nominated Felipe Fournier is a percussionist and vibes player from Costa Rica who plays with Ruben Blades and classic salsa outfit Our Latin Thing. He has assembled a group of musicians who have collectively played with some of the greatest Latin musicians – Eddie Palmieri, Willie Colon as well as the late Tito Puente himself.

SciCon_WebSquareScientific Controversies
A Series With Janna Levin
#4. Can We Explain the World?
Thursday, June 18
7:30PM – Doors open at 7pm
Free, RSVP Here

We know enough about the world to manipulate electricity, operate phones, send people to the moon. Modern science presumes the world can be understood, that technology based on that understanding will work, and that our ideas should be verified by experience and experiment. Steven Weinberg’s Nobel-Prize winning discovery of a unification of physical laws represents a triumph for the modern view. But that view has not always prevailed. It can be argued that ancient thinkers may not have considered that the world is knowable, that mathematics describes physical phenomenon, that the world could be explained. We invite Steven Weinberg and Philosopher Tim Maudlin to consider the past and future of scientific thought and the ultimate question: Can we explain the world?

With Guests:
Steven Weinberg Nobel Laureate in Physics, awarded the National Medal of Science, Professor of Physics, The University of Texas at Austin. Author of many books including The First Three Minutes, Dreams of a Final Theory, and To Explain the World
Tim Maudlin Professor of Philosophy, NYU, Recently elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Author of several books including Philosophy of Physics, Volume 1: “Space and Time”, and The Metaphysics Within Physics

About The Series:
What Is Quantum Reality? Does Time Exist? Will Dying Black Holes Explode in Firewalls?
Major Scientific discoveries can disrupt the traditional order, leaving scientists adrift in concepts that resist familiar intuitions and beliefs. Of the new ideas that emerge, some will be wrong and some will be right. Honest and open scientific controversy helps disentangle one from the other. Eventually, one side of a debate grows in strength and finds confirmation in experiments, while the other atrophies. But both sides of a controversy contribute to the breakthrough of actual discovery – when the utterly abstract barges into the realm of the concrete. This series celebrates that passionate spirit of scientific debate.

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ISSUE Project Room Concert Series

Saturday, June 20; 6pm, Doors open at 5pm
Tickets: $25 General, $18 Members/Students, $0 All-Access

ISSUE Project Room and Pioneer Works Center for Art and Innovation are pleased to present Dead Moon, J Mascis, Borbetomagus, and Das Audit live in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Few bands exude the DIY ethos more than the legendary Oregon-based trio Dead Moon. Formed in 1987 and recently reunited after an 8-year hiatus, their stripped down aesthetic crossing garage rock, punk, and country, has secured their status as one of the most enduring and revered Northwest underground bands of all time. The formidable guitarist, laconic songwriter and all-around grunge-deity J Mascis performs solo. Borbetomagus take free-improv to the extreme, creating a mass of relentless, take-no-prisoners noise. NYC quartet Das Audit open the night crossing kraut and folk in heavy, wind-driven instrumentals.

Fronted by the husband-wife team of Fred Cole on guitar and vocals, Toody Cole on bass and vocals, and the indefatigable Andrew Loomis on drums, Clackamas, Oregon’s Dead Moon have been churning out their own indescribable brand of rock and roll for over 20 years. After an 8 year hiatus the trio revived in 2013, and their intensity and vitality are as unquestionable now as ever. The model of DIY self-sufficiency, Dead Moon have recorded almost all of their output themselves, released much of it on their own label, Tombstone Records (“Music Too Tough to Die”). The group even cut their own masters, on the same 1954 mono lathe used to cut the The Kingsmen’s “Louie Louie.” Dead Moon’s most recent album, 2004’s Dead Ahead, was released domestically on Tombstone. They are subject of the 2006 documentary Unknown Passage: The Dead Moon Story.


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(Yo La Tengo & Friends) Oren Ambarchi

ISSUE Project Room Concert Series

Sunday, June 28; 8pm, Doors open at 7pm
Tickets: $30 General, $22 Members/Students

ISSUE Project Room returns to Red Hook for an evening with the Little Black Egg Big Band and Oren Ambarchi, presented in collaboration with Pioneer Works Center for Art and Innovation. Named for Georgia Hubley’s rarely performed solo guitar project Little Black Egg, the expanded Little Black Egg Big Band features Hubley and her Yo La Tengo compatriots Ira Kaplan and James McNew, joined by bassist Tony Maimone (Pere Ubu), an array of jazz mainstays including Susie Ibarra, Daniel Carter, Taylor Ho Bynum, and more TBA. Australian improvisor Oren Ambarchi, known for his deft and exploratory instrumental approaches, performs solo.

Tickets are on sale to ISSUE Members now, and available to the public on May 18

Yo La Tengo ​is one of the most beloved and respected bands in America. For nearly thirty years, Ira Kaplan, Georgia Hubley and James McNew have enjoyed success entirely on their own terms– playing the world’s best concert halls, museums, and dives, dominating critics’ lists, doing a Simpsons theme, playing the Velvet Underground in “I Shot Andy Warhol,” sharing stages with some of the most important musicians of our time, and even creating a holiday tradition onto themselves with their yearly series of Hanukkah shows at Hoboken, New Jersey’s legendary club Maxwells, from which they’ve donated hundreds of thousands to charity.

Oren Ambarchi‘s works are hesitant and tense extended songforms located in the cracks between several schools: modern electronics and processing; laminal improvisation and minimalism; hushed, pensive songwriting; the deceptive simplicity and temporal suspensions of composers such as Morton Feldman and Alvin Lucier; and the physicality of rock music, slowed down and stripped back to its bare bones, abstracted and replaced with pure signal. From the late 90’s his experiments in guitar abstraction and extended technique have led to a more personal and unique sound-world incorporating a broader palette of instruments and sensibilities. On releases such as Grapes From The Estate and In The Pendulum’s Embrace Ambarchi employed glass harmonica, strings, bells, piano, drums and percussion, creating fragile textures as light as air which tenuously coexist with the deep, wall-shaking bass tones derived from his guitar.

Image: Yo La Tengo by Carlie Armstrong

Los Wemblers Web SquareLOS WEMBLER’S, de Iquitos
Chicha Pioneers and Originators of El Sonido Amazonico
Thursday, July 9
Advance Price Tickets $15 here

Los Wembler’s, the legendary band from Iquitos, Peru, will be traveling to the US for the first time. The five Sanchez Brothers who make up the band are Amazonian Cumbia pioneers who helped launch the Chicha explosion of the 1970’s. Los Wembler’s have only rarely left the Amazon and this is a unique opportunity to see them. The brothers are still faithful to their original sound, and haven’t lost a bit of their passion and enthusiasm. They will be performing an original repertoire that spans forty years and includes some of their hits, including Sonidio Amazonico and Danza del Petrolero, which were featured on the Roots of Chicha compilations.

DJ Sabroso, from Lima – the foremost authority on Peruvian Chicha – will be on hand to DJ as will Roots of Chicha producer DJ K Conan.

Also: footage of Iquitos, food trucks, Pisco, special guests and more.