After many months of planning, Wordless Music is deliriously proud to announce details of Warp20 NYC, the second and only U.S. installment in a series of worldwide events taking place this year in Paris, Tokyo, London, and Sheffield.

Warp20 NYC will be a four-day celebration of the music, films, and 20th anniversary of the the peerless UK label Warp Records, without which there would surely have never been a Wordless Music series.

On September 3-6, in venues across New York City, Warp artists Battles, Flying Lotus, Chris Clark, !!!, Prefuse 73, Pivot, and Hudson Mohawke will headline shows in two different venues, while The New Museum offers free and continuous screenings of full-length features, documentaries, music videos, and shorts from several dozen directors hailing from around the globe.

Chk Chk ChkThe fest so far includes a September 4th show at Terminal 5 with Battles, !!!, Prefuse 73 and Pivot. Tickets go on AmEx presale today at noon. General sale starts Friday, July 24th at noon.

The other confirmed fest show will be a free concert at the World Financial Center Winter Garden with Flying Lotus, Chris Clark and Hudson Mohawke on September 5th.

The "kick off" for Warp20 NYC (two months before the fest...) will be tonight's (7/22) Alarm Will Sound show at (Le) Poisson Rouge. The program for the night commemorates the five-year anniversary of the group's 2005 album Acoustica with chamber orchestra arrangements of music by Aphex Twin, Autechre, Mochipet, John Dowland, and The Beatles. Nic Offer from the band !!! will DJ the late show. Tickets for both the late and early shows are still on sale.

Also starting tonight (7/22), and also celebrating 20 years of a record label's existence: XX Merge (the Merge Records party in North Carolina).

In addition to the above-mentioned acts, Warp is also home to Grizzly Bear, who will be playing a free Pool Party show on August 30th.

The full program for tonight's LPR show, with more info on Warp20 NYC, below...

Battles @ Irving Plaza June 8 2008) (more by Bao Nguyen)

Warp20 NYC schedule

Warp20 NYC Kickoff Party July 22, 2009
Alarm Will Sound
Acoustica 5th anniversary concerts
DJ set by Nic Offer of !!! (late show only)
Le Poisson Rouge / 6:30pm doors / 7:30pm show (seated)
Le Poisson Rouge / 10pm doors / 10:30pm show (standing)

Aphex Twin (arr. Payton MacDonald): Meltphace 6
Aphex Twin (arr. Caleb Burhans): Blue Calx
Aphex Twin (arr. Jonathan Newman): Fingerbib
Aphex Twin (arr. Stefan Freund): Cock/Ver10
Autechre (arr. Dennis DeSantis): Cfern
Preshish Moments (arr. Matt Marks): Why Do Birds
John Orfe: Dowland Remix
Mochipet (arr. Stefan Freund): Dessert Search for Techno Baklava
The Beatles (arr. Matt Marks): Revolution 9
Stefan Freund and Matt Marks: kinda asleep
Caleb Burhans: oh ye of little faith... (do you know where your children are?)

Warp20 NYC Festival
Presented by Wordless Music and Warp Records
September 3-6, 2009
Warp Films at The New Museum
Warp Vision: The Videos 1989-2004
Dead Man's Shoes
Selected Warp Films Shorts
Co-presented with The New Museum (see below for further info)
The New Museum / continuous screenings during museum hours / FREE

September 4, 2009
Prefuse 73
Terminal 5

September. 5, 2009
Flying Lotus
Chris Clark
Hudson Mohawke
Co-presented with Arts>World Financial Center
The Winter Garden / 8pm doors / 9pm show / FREE

About Warp Records

Since its birth as a shop and record label in Sheffield in 1989, Warp has become one of the world's most respected creative organizations. Quickly developing into a platform for innovative and boundary-breaking music talent, Warp became synonymous with such artists as LFO, Autechre, Aphex Twin, Boards of Canada, and most recently Grizzly Bear, Battles, Flying Lotus, and Chris Clark. Running parallel to the music is an equally strong visual identity, famously established through partnerships with graphic design iconoclasts The Designer's Republic and video auteur Chris Cunningham, placing Warp alongside legendary labels such as Factory in British cultural history.

Warp took a logical but ambitious step in 2001 with the launch of Warp Films, winning a BAFTA for its very first production, Brass Eye satirist Chris Morris' film debut My Wrongs... Since then high-profile features have come courtesy of Shane Meadows, whose masterpieces Dead Man's Shoes and This is England have enjoyed widespread success, the latter winning Best British Film at the 2008 BAFTAs. 2009 sees development on more features with directors Chris Morris, Richard Ayoade (IT Crowd) and Paul King (Mighty Boosh).

In 2004, Warp pioneered the sale of unrestricted mp3s via the launch of award-winning download store Bleep.com. Hosting nearly 500 other independent labels, Bleep has sold over 2 million tracks to date.

Over 20 years, Warp has developed into a multifaceted creative company, able to forge a unique path through a rapidly changing and unpredictable landscape. In 2009, Warp will celebrate by bringing together its roster of artists, directors, and associates for a series of multi-platform events, new music, and film releases.

About Warp20

Warp20 events will merge music, film, and art in distinctive locations and venues, and kicked off with a huge weekend in Paris on May 8-9 at the Cité de la Musique and MK2 Cinema, featuring Aphex Twin & Hecker, Chris Cunningham, !!!, Clark, Flying Lotus, Seefeel, and many more. Warp20 will continue throughout 2009 with events in Sheffield, Tokyo and London.

About Warp Films at The New Museum

Warp Vision: The Videos 1989-2004 including
Aphex Twin: Come to Daddy (Director's Cut)
Aphex Twin: Donkey Rhubarb
Aphex Twin: Nannou
Aphex Twin: On
Aphex Twin: Windowlicker (Director's Cut)
Antipop Consortium: Ghostlawns
Antipop Consortium: Perpendicular
Autechre: Gantz Graf
Autechre: Second Bad Vilbel
Beans: Mutescreamer
Broadcast: Papercuts
Chris Clark: Gob Coitus
Jamie Lidell: Daddy's Car
Jamie Lidell: The City
Jimi Tenor: Midsummer's Night
Jimi Tenor: Total Devastation
John Callaghan: I'm Not Comfortable Inside My Mind
LFO: Freak
LFO: Tied Up
Luke Vibert: I Love Acid
Mira Calix: Little Numba
Nightmares on Wax: Aftermath
Plaid: Eyen
Plaid: Itsu
Prefuse 73: Half of What
Sabres of Paradise: Wilmot
Seefeel: Fracture
Squarepusher: Come On My Selector
Sweet Exorcist: Testone


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