UNSOUND FESTIVAL NEW YORK began with the aim of exposing new and adventurous music to different kinds of audiences, and to draw connections between styles, scenes and parts of the world that don't interact as much or as meaningfully as they should. The impetus came from Poland, when the founder of Unsound Festival in Krakow ventured to New York to find partners to produce a satellite event or two. After meeting people in New York and asking what might be worth trying in a city that does not lack for action on its own, a loose group of friends and organizers (some local, some from far away) started throwing out ideas—and that small event or two turned into a 10-day festival.
The reaction to the inaugural edition in 2010 was inspiring, with a diverse cross-section of the city responding to music that was unique, challenging, and purposefully mixed in terms of style and approach. Our hope was that followers of techno, art rock, classical "new music," experimental music and sound-art would meet and find something to like and learn from in each other's interests. They did, in ways even more rewarding than we had hoped.
The second UNSOUND FESTIVAL NEW YORK took place last year, again with events at venues including Lincoln Center, Le Poisson Rouge, BAMcinematek, Walter Reade Theater, Public Assembly, ISSUE Project Room, and others. The reaction was even stronger, the results even more inspiring.
As we gear up for the third full festival to come this April 18-22, a part of the project that we want to develop further, during the festival and throughout the rest of the year, is Unsound LABS. Like all the other components of Unsound in New York, the LABS idea revolves around a desire to expand the discussion and exposure usually afforded the kinds of art and artists we all like, admire, and respect. We've seen it happen in New York—from people showing up to talks about arcane subjects they didn't know about beforehand, to musicians coming together to perform in contexts outside their norm. We will continue to work to create scenarios that make happenings of the sort possible.
Thanks to all who have shown us support here. It means a lot. We ask you to help us one last time to get the word out—about the last remaining hours of our campaign here and about Unsound happenings yet to come.
Thanks again. —Unsound New York