18.04

Wednesday

19.04

Thursday

20.04

Friday

21.04

Saturday

22.04

Sunday

19:00 // BAMcinématek
ANIMATORS
Warsaw jazz/electronics group Baaba will perform a genre-bending live score to a selection of Polish classic animated films. The compilation offers a captivating look into the metaphorical and stylistically rich world of Polish animation from the 50s to the early 70s, incorporating currents in national graphic arts, painting, puppetry and experimental theater.
Baaba
Tickets: $10 members / $15 others
21:00 // ISSUE Project Room
THE OPTION OF SILENCE
A night of distinctive female artists working with experimental sounds. LA resident Julia Holter and Norway's Jenny Hval both combine avant-garde structures with music at the edge of pop; they also work with explicit lyrics exploring sex and gender, subverting expectations. Holter's "Tragedy" and Hval's "Viscera" were among 2011's best albums. New Yorker Julia Kent performs work for solo cello.
21:15 Julia Kent
22:00 Jenny Hval
23:00 Julia Holter
Tickets: $15
18:00 // Goethe-Institut Wyoming Building
Unsound LABS: Artist Talk - Monolake, presented with The Wire Magazine
German techno artist and co-developer of Ableton Live software Robert Henke discusses his many modes of work with sound. From his home base in Berlin, Henke has made iconic minimal-techno since the mid-90s and continues to refine the form in terms of conceptual approach and presentation, including a Live Surround performance to follow at Unsound on Friday. In conversation with Andy Battaglia.
Tickets: Free
19:30 // David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center
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Two exciting duos exploring the edges of sound, melding psychedelic dub, synth pop, noise and other influences. Peaking Lights fuse a lo-fi sound indebted to Jamaician dub pioneers to rock that reaches beyond to create a rich sonic tapestry, while Poland's LXMP will use percussion and triggered synths to interpret Herbie Hancock's 1983 album "Future Shock.
19:30 LXMP
20:30 Peaking Lights
Tickets: Free - be early!
23:00 // (le) Poisson Rouge
SINGULARITY
Some of the most celebrated acts working in exploratory realms of music, creating often extreme sounds wherein genres implode, becoming something exciting and new. Norway's Next Life fuses ear-shredding black metal, noise and electronics, Hype Williams combine performance art with bass mutations, and Actress takes dance music to its most experimental limits, turning it in upon itself.

11:30 PM Next Life ( LIVE )
12:15 AM Hype Williams ( LIVE )
01:15 AM Actress ( LIVE )
Tickets: $15 advance / $20 at door
18:00 // (le) Poisson Rouge
TRUE HORIZONS
Berlin's legendary POLE and LA artist Sun Araw explore very different sounds indebted to dub; while the former works dub basslines into minimal electronic music, the latter warps dub sound into a fusion of afrobeat, psychedelic drone and more. Inner Tube opens, with Mark Mcguire of Emeralds and Spencer Clarke creating a guitair/synth duo inspired by Australian surf movies from the 80s.
19:00 Inner Tube (Mark McGuire & Spencer Clark)
20:00 pole
21:00 Sun Araw
Tickets: $15 advance / $20 at door
18:00 // Goethe-Institut Wyoming Building
Unsound LABS: Panel - East of Berlin, Music in External Contexts, presented with The Wire Magazine
In mind of Unsound's commitment to international exchange, a panel of visiting artists, festival organizers and label heads discuss the makeup of different kinds of music-culture infrastructure, past and present, in Poland, Ukraine and points beyond Western Europe. Featuring Unsound organizer Gosia Plysa and the performing musicians Kotra, Denis Kolokol and Macio Moretti. Moderated by Daphne Carr.
Tickets: Free
22:00 // WARSAW
THE BUNKER AT UNSOUND FESTIVAL NEW YORK
The Bunker presents an impressive program focusing on all LIVE shows. German electronic music titan Monolake will drop jaws with his Live Surround adventure, while UK duo Demdike Stare explore the dark outer-edges of experimental/club music. Brooklyners ITAL and Laurel Halo favor warped, idiosyncratic dance sounds, which attach as well to Chicago's Hieroglyphic Being. Zemi17 opens.

10:00 PM Zemi17 ( LIVE )
11:00 PM Laurel Halo ( LIVE )
11:55 PM ITAL ( LIVE )
12:45 AM Hieroglyphic Being ( LIVE )
01:50 AM Demdike Stare ( LIVE )
03:00 AM Monolake ( LIVE )
Tickets: $20 advance
13:00 // Film Anthology Archives
Unsound LABS: Screening of ICON EYE & Discussion, presented with The Wire Magazine
ICON EYE documents the travels of Sun Araw to Jamaica to collaborate with legendary dub reggae group The Congos. The film serves as a dream-like companion piece to a new album of intergenerational communion and creation. A post-screening discussion will feature Sun Araw's Cameron Stallones, director Tony Lowe and project producer Matt Werth. Moderated by Andy Battaglia.
Tickets: $9
15:15 // Goethe-Institut Wyoming Building
Unsound LABS: Presentation - Dave Tompkins on Sustained Decay: A Natural History of Bass Music in Miami, presented with The Wire Magazine
Author Dave Tompkins presents a cultural, geological and political history of 80s Miami, propagating from bass. A distortion of terms and technology to recording engineers, “sustained decay” speaks to properties of 808 bass as well as a sub-history of Miami’s foundation and development—from microscopic fossils to man-made beaches, riots and roller-rinks to cocaine and coral reefs.
Tickets: Free
16:00 // ISSUE Project Room
Unsound LABS Music Program 1
Unsound LABs concerts feature collaborations between musicians of
different kinds working together for the first time in a series of
unique free performances. Curated to cross borders related to matters
of sound and geography, this year's program pairs artists from Eastern
Europe and Scandinavia with musicians from the U.S.
16:00 Hai Nguyen Dinh & Nondor Neval
16:45 Zavoloka & Andrea Pensado
17:30 Kotra & Black Rain
Tickets: Free, please RSVP
16:30 // Goethe-Institut Wyoming Building
Unsound LABS: Presentation - Stefan Betke on the Art of Mastering, presented with The Wire Magazine
Stefan Betke, fabled figure behind dub-techno act Pole and engineer at Scape Studios in Berlin, discusses his philosophy of mastering with theoretical excursions into the science of sound for analogue and digital formats. Betke will survey his own experience beginning at Dubplates & Mastering and up through his recent acquisition of a Neumann VMS 70 cutting lathe to offer vinyl mastering again.
Tickets: Free
19:00 // West Park Presbyterian Church
TRANSGRESSION, presented with The Blackened Music Series
One of the key festival events sees LA dark ambient overlord Lustmord join forces with Norwegian electronic music pioneer Biosphere. They present the world premiere of the Unsound-commissioned piece TRINITY, exploring the first tests of nuclear weapons in the New Mexico desert. Poland’s Jacaszek opens with his trio, performing haunting works from his new album “Glimmer,” released on Ghostly.
20:00 Jacaszek
21:00 Biosphere
21:00 Lustmord
Visuals: MFO P.MA
Tickets: $20 advance / $25 at door
23:00 // IndieScreen
BASS MUTATIONS, presented with Dub War and Percussion Lab
Bass Mutations is a legendary series at both Krakow and NY Unsound. Explore bass music’s latest evolutions with 2562 from the Netherlands and Helsinki's Teeth, both making live U.S debuts. Stateside talent includes Nguzunguzu, Distal and Throwing Snow, while Praveen (of Percussion Lab) performs with Machinedrum in a Sepalcure Live A/V show. DaveQ (of Dub War) opens with a DJ set.
Tickets: $20 advance / $25 at door
13:00 // Goethe-Institut Wyoming Building
Unsound LABS: Talk - Stuart Argabright, presented with The Wire Magazine
Stuart Argabright has been a Zelig-like figure in New York since the 80s, when he began work with prescient acts including Ike Yard, Death Comet Crew, Dominatrix and Black Rain. Subjects to be discussed include stalking the East Village of yore, performing with New Order in 81 at the Ukrainian National Home and working with sci-fi writer William Gibson. In conversation with Dave Tompkins.
Tickets: Free
14:30 // Goethe-Institut Wyoming Building
Unsound LABS: Presentation - Jeremy Grimshaw on The Music and Mysticism of La Monte Young, presented with The Wire Magazine
Jeremy Grimshaw gained rare access to reclusive minimalist composer La Monte Young while researching his new book Draw a Straight Line and Follow It. He worked in Young's Tribeca "Dream House" and pored over his archives, before the bond grew contentious and Young disavowed the book. Grimshaw will discuss Young in terms of Vedic mysticism and Mormon esoterica, psychedelia and psychoacoustics.
Tickets: Free
16:00 // ISSUE Project Room
Unsound LABS Music Program 2
Unsound LABs concerts feature collaborations between musicians of
different kinds working together for the first time in a series of
unique free performances. Curated to cross borders related to matters
of sound and geography, this year's program pairs artists from Eastern
Europe and Scandinavia with musicians from the U.S.
16:00 Mark Van Hoen & Maria Minerva
16:45 Denis Kolokol/Tomek Chołoniewski Duo & Nate Wooley
17:30 Mark McGuire & Bartek Weber
Tickets: Free, please RSVP
16:00 // Goethe-Institut Wyoming Building
Unsound LABS: Talk - Biosphere & Lustmord on TRINITY, presented with The Wire Magazine
For their Unsound-commissioned project "TRINITY," Norwegian electronic-musician Biosphere and LA-based dark-ambient overlord Lustmord traveled to the desert in New Mexico, where they surveyed sites of early nuclear testing around Los Alamos National Laboratory. Here they will talk about their journey—and how it informed the sites and sounds incorporated in their new piece to premiere in New York.
Tickets: Free
20:00 // Glasslands
FADE OUT - UNSOUND FESTIVAL NEW YORK CLOSING PARTY
Unsound's closing party starts with Polish trio Napszyklat's mix of experimental sounds, noise and hip hop - with lyrics in their native tongue. Estonian avant-pop artist Maria Minerva of the Not Not Fun label will perform her first NY show, followed by an eclectic Disco Hermetics DJ set from Sun Araw vs. Heat Wave and Krakow's very own Eltron John. Enjoy!
21:00 Napszyklat ( LIVE )
22:00 Maria Minerva ( LIVE )
23:00 Eltron John ( DJ )
00:15 Sun Araw vs. Heat Wave - DJ Set ( DJ )
Tickets: $10
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Wed 18 April ANIMATORS with Baaba & Polish animation at BAMcinematek

Wed 18 April THE OPTION OF SILENCE with Julia Holter, Jenny Hval and Julia Kent ...