Artists Space

Eiko Ishibashi:
Two New York Nights

Performance
June 9, 2022, 8pm

with Loren Connors

11 Cortlandt Alley

Free with RSVP
Please note: this event is at capacity. Please email to be put on our waitlist, or RSVP for Wednesday, June 8.

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.

A figure plays the flute into a microphone.
Eiko Ishibashi: Two New York Nights. Performance documentation, June 9, 2022, 8pm. Artists Space, New York. [A figure plays the flute into a microphone.]
A seated figure plays a guitar that lies in his lap.
Eiko Ishibashi: Two New York Nights. Performance documentation, June 9, 2022, 8pm. Artists Space, New York. [A seated figure plays a guitar that lies in his lap.]
A figure wearing a suit plays guitar, their feet dangling over a pedal.
Eiko Ishibashi: Two New York Nights. Performance documentation, June 9, 2022, 8pm. Artists Space, New York. [A figure wearing a suit plays guitar, their feet dangling over a pedal.]
A figure in front of a microphone looks down upon a computer.
Eiko Ishibashi: Two New York Nights. Performance documentation, June 9, 2022, 8pm. Artists Space, New York. [A figure in front of a microphone looks down upon a computer.]
A figure illuminated by red light stands behind a table, using a computer that sits on the table.
[A figure illuminated by red light stands behind a table, using a computer that sits on the table.]
A figure stands behind a table on a stage. Across the room, red light and small fragmented pieces of white light can be seen.
Eiko Ishibashi: Two New York Nights. Performance documentation, June 9, 2022, 8pm. Artists Space, New York. [A figure stands behind a table on a stage. Across the room, red light and small fragmented pieces of white light can be seen.]
A seasted crowd watches a performer who stands behind a table on a stage. The room is illuminated by red light and the reflection of a disco ball.
Eiko Ishibashi: Two New York Nights. Performance documentation, June 9, 2022, 8pm. Artists Space, New York. [A seasted crowd watches a performer who stands behind a table on a stage. The room is illuminated by red light and the reflection of a disco ball.]
A figure peers into a computer while standing behind a table and next to a speaker.
Eiko Ishibashi: Two New York Nights. Performance documentation, June 9, 2022, 8pm. Artists Space, New York. [A figure peers into a computer while standing behind a table and next to a speaker.]

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.