Artists Space

Eiko Ishibashi:
Two New York Nights

with Loren Connors

Thursday, June 9
8pm, doors 7pm
11 Cortlandt Alley

Free with RSVP
Due to limited capacity, please choose either June 8 or June 9 and RSVP for one person only.

Artists Space presents the North American debut of Japanese composer, improviser, and songwriter Eiko Ishibashi. For these two concerts, Ishibashi has selected a New York-based musician to open each evening: Michael J. Schumacher on June 8th and Loren Connors on June 9th.

A color photograph of a figure in a pointed hat with a wide brim and wearing a black and white robe. The figure is pictured amid tree branches and vines. They hold a twisted vine in their left hand.
Portrait of Eiko Ishibashi [A color photograph of a figure in a pointed hat with a wide brim and wearing a black and white robe. The figure is pictured amid tree branches and vines. They hold a twisted vine in their left hand.]

Eiko Ishibashi is a Japanese multi-instrumentalist whose work ranges from acclaimed singer-songwriter albums to scores for film, television, theater and exhibitions, to improvised music.

Since launching her solo career in 2006, she has released numerous albums on labels including Drag City, Black Truffle, and Editions Mego. Her sixth full-length album The Dream My Bones Dream, released in 2018, was selected as one of the year's best albums by numerous magazines. In 2020, she was commissioned to create music for art and photography exhibitions, such as the Art Gallery of New South Wales’ Japan supernatural, and Memory of Future at Mandako coal mine in Kumamoto, Japan.

In 2016, Ishibashi branched out into film composing, creating the score for the film Albino's Tree, directed by Masakazu Kaneko, which won the Best Music Award at the Cinalfama Lisbon International Film Awards. In 2019, she composed the music for the anime Mugen no Juunin – IMMORTAL. Her score for Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s 2021 film Drive My Car has garnered international attention and was recently arranged into an album incorporating sound effects from the film.

In January, she released her new LP, For McCoy on Black Truffle in January, and began a radio residency on the global radio platform NTS Radio.

Loren Connors has improvised and composed original guitar music for over four decades. His music embraces the aesthetics of blues, Irish airs, blues-based rock and other genres while letting go of rigid forms. Connors, who names abstract expressionist painter Mark Rothko his most important influence, also works with pencil, toner, computer software and other techniques to create evocative prints that arise from the aesthetics of music.

Program support is provided by Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, The Andy Warhol Foundation, The Cowles Charitable Trust, The Cy Twombly Foundation, The David Teiger Foundation, The Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, The New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature, Imperfect Family Foundation, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, The Stavros Niarchos Foundation, The Willem de Kooning Foundation, The Fox Aarons Foundation, Herman Goldman Foundation, The Destina Foundation, The Luce Foundation, May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, The Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, Arison Arts Foundation, The David Rockefeller Fund, The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Foundation, The Jill and Peter Kraus Foundation, The Richard Pousette-Dart Foundation.