A festival that serves to challenge the ears and expand the mind
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Get ready to have your cerebrum stimulated as musicians from all over the world come together to make beautiful sounds together. The stateside version of an alternative music celebration birthed in Krakow, Poland some 12 years ago, Unsound Festival New York takes place at various venues across the city and aims to "both challenge the ears and expand the mind." Highlights of this year's festival include Ben Vida performing "Damaged Particulates (undersong edition)," the Mutual Dreaming party at Cameo, and a special edition of the Bunker featuring Porter Ricks (German), Vladislav Delay (Finland) and the world premiere of Ital & Halal at the newly opened The Wick.
Now going into its fourth edition, Unsound Festival New York is an extension of Unsound in Krakow, Poland, with a focus on exploratory music from an international network of cities and scenes. These diverse sounds, all interconnected, draw from many milieus: experimental, classical, post-classical, techno, improv, dub. What unites them is a shared sense of aesthetic investigation and appreciation for curious ears. As always, we’re interested in imaginative ideas and a willingness to take risks, musical and otherwise. With a mix of emerging artists and musical pioneers, the program favors projects and pairings commissioned by Unsound in Poland and in New York, with some projects being presented for the first time. All of Unsound's iterations — in Krakow, New York, London, Adelaide, and Minsk — celebrate an international mix of sounds and movements, making the festival a unique cross-border artistic experiment.