Posted in music | tour dates on January 28, 2010

by BBG

Carl Craig, one of the many artists at Unsound 2010
Carl Craig

Since 2003, Unsound Festival, Poland's most adventurous music festival, has brought a bold and uniquely modern program of music to Kraków. Now, with seven festivals in their native city under their belt (and outpost events further east in cities like Minsk),
Unsound is coming west to New York for their first ever North American edition. Unsound Festival New York's mission is to forge new links between music genres, between generations and even between artistic practices.

The driving force in the assembling of the New York program has been Unsound Festival's commitment to forms of music and sound art that involve experimentation and risk. Unsound Festival has made a worldwide reputation by breaking new ground while dealing with vibrant electronic, experimental, independent, post-classical and club music scenes from around the world.

The festival will kick off on Thursday, February 4th, with the first ever US performance from Vladislav Delay + Lillevan as well as Sebastian Meissner + Kwartludium as Solid State Transmitter. The former will perform their "ongoing series of electronic music and video improvisations", while the latter will reimagine SST Records (yes, that SST) through the eyes of a classical composer (wow, awesome). The FREE show will take place at David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center.

Feb 5th begins the start of Warhol Program, a series of pieces designed for and in tribute to Andy Warhol. The great Carl Craig will join nsi. for live soundtracks to "Blow Job" and "Kiss" respectively during a pair of screenings that night at The Film Society of Lincoln Center, Walter Reade Theater> Tickets are currently on sale for both the first showing at 7:30 (tix), and the second going down at 9:30 PM (tix). The show will be the US debut of the pieces, with nsi.'s piece being it's world debut. For the night owls, the party continues at Public Assembly, who will house Bunker parties on that night, 2/12, and 2/13. More details about the Bunker parties are at their site.

The Warhol Program continues the next day (2/6), when Groupshow (Jan Jelinek, Andrew Pekler, Hanno Leichtmann) will lead a free eight-hour (!) improvisation to Andy Warhol's film "Empire" at LPR. Maybe hook up a sack lunch?

After eight hours of improv, LPR will make way for A Century of Dance Music featuring the US debut of Moritz Von Oswald Trio:

Berliner Moritz Von Oswald is well known for his work as part of the duos Basic Channel and Rhythm & Sound as well as for his own "M" series of recordings. He could be labeled the inventor of "dub techno," if that weren't too narrow a tag to define the scope of his music and accomplishments. Moritz Von Oswald is highly ranked by many critics and fans alike as one of the most original electronic music producers of the last two decades. [On 2/6] Von Oswald unveils his new trio featuring Vladislav Delay on drums and Max Loderbauer on electronics in their first ever North American performance. Last year their debut album was released by London's Honest Jons.

In tribute to Von Oswald, the evening opens with New York City's Ensemble LPR - the flexible house band of the venue (Le) Poisson Rouge which is led by LPR's two young founders - David Handler (violinist / composer) and Justin Kantor (cellist) along with fellow Manhattan School of Music graduate Orlando Alonso (conductor / pianist). The Ensemble will perform new renditions of Ravel's "Bolero" and selections from Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition" based on remixes Moritz Von Oswald and Carl Craig assembled in 2008 for the Deutsche Grammophon album "Recomposed" (released only in Europe).

Doors are at 10PM, and tickets are on sale.

We'll post more details on this festival, but for now, dig on the full lineup (below) and a few videos. In addition, you can download a copy of the Unsound digital compilation for FREE for a limited time. Get on it!


Moritz Von Oswald with Max Loderbauer and Vladislav Delay, Live 2008

Moritz von Oswald Trio, 3 Dec 2009, Amsterdam

Unsound NYC 2010 Artist lineup
2562 (Netherlands),
Pavel Ambiont (Belarus),
Vince Aletti (USA),
Borne (USA),
Blondes (USA),
Kabir Carter (USA),
Eric Cloutier (USA),
Carl Craig (USA),
Marcin Czubala (Poland),
David Daniell (USA),
Vladislav Delay (Finland),
Ensemble LPR (USA),
Falty DL (USA),
Groupshow (Jan Jelinek, Andrew Pekler, Hanno Leichtmann) (Germany),
Tim Hecker (Canada),
Luke Hess (USA),
Ezekiel Honig (USA),
Mike Huckaby (USA),
Petre Inspirescu (Romania),
Jacaszek (Poland),
Jan Jelinek (Germany),
Kadebostan (Germany),
Alexander Kaline (USA),
Konque (USA),
Kwartludium (Poland),
Legowelt (Netherlands),
Hanno Leichtmann (Germany),
Alan Licht (USA),
Lillevan (Germany),
Sebastian Meissner (Germany),
Moritz Von Oswald Trio (Germany),
Mountains (USA),
Nadja (Canada),
Neurotic Drum Band (USA),
Newworldaquarium (Netherlands),
nsi. (Germany),
Joshua Ott (USA),
Andrew Pekler (Germany),
Tristian Perich (USA),
Derek Plaslaiko (USA),
Pole (Germany),
Barbara Preisinger (Germany),
Dave Q (USA),
DJ Qu (USA),
Radian (Austria),
Lee Renaldo (USA),
Simon Reynolds (USA),
Patrick Russell (USA),
Sawako (USA / Japan),
Anthony "Shake" Shakir (USA),
Sepalcure (USA),
Michael J. Schumacher (USA),
Mike Servito (USA),
Jacek Sienkiewicz (Poland),
Spinoza (USA),
Asa Stjerna (Sweden),
Morton Subotnick (USA),
Tape (Sweden),
Tobias. (Germany),
TRG (Romania),
Untold (UK),
Levon Vincent (USA),
Xavier Van Wersch (Netherlands),
Bora Yoon (USA),
Zavoloka (Ukraine) and Zenial (Poland),



Comments (19)

this is going to be awesome.

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2010 11:12 PM

I give it two thumbs up

Posted by Anonymous | January 29, 2010 12:36 AM

Very expecting the festival. but it is a pitty i cann't see the party on the scene, have to watch it ghrough the TV and read the information from the news paper.

Posted by terracotta warriors on display | January 29, 2010 1:16 AM

Great post. Very excited for the Jacaszek and Tim Hecker shows

Posted by Anonymous | January 29, 2010 1:18 AM

oh yeah, jacaszek gonna be the highlight of this fest...

Posted by matt | January 29, 2010 1:20 AM

I will share this information with my readers. Great article, thank you for sharing!

Posted by Ha Van | January 29, 2010 2:58 AM

Finally some music with less ego.
Looking forward to Tim Hecker, Radian,and Nadja.

Posted by Anonymous | January 29, 2010 3:52 AM

Finally some music with less ego.
Looking forward to Tim Hecker, Radian,and Nadja.

Posted by Anonymous | January 29, 2010 4:00 AM

"first ever US performance from vladislav delay"
that's not true ?!

Posted by anon | January 29, 2010 4:55 AM

What time does Daft Punk go on?

Posted by Regular reader | January 29, 2010 8:37 AM

So excited for this, especially the Warhol section.

Posted by Anonymous | January 29, 2010 10:49 AM

what kind of music is this?

Posted by Anonymous | January 29, 2010 10:55 AM


Posted by Anonymous | January 29, 2010 11:06 AM


Posted by K81 | January 29, 2010 11:54 AM


Posted by Anonymous | January 29, 2010 11:06 AM

NO. Much of it inspired later techno though.

Posted by Anonymous | January 29, 2010 5:08 PM

Brooklyn's Halcyon Records has a FREE 17 track CD sampler of the Unsound Festival, details at

Posted by JC Tripp | February 3, 2010 9:10 AM

That’s the BIZNESS!

Posted by Indie Power | February 4, 2010 6:40 PM

I'd def be at this show if I hadn't just moved back to Los Angeles.

Posted by QueenGena | February 6, 2010 12:43 PM

I'd def be at this show if I hadn't just moved back to Los Angeles.

Posted by QueenGena | February 6, 2010 12:47 PM

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