Strange Mutations was a three-week long series of international, exploratory music that aimed to question ideas about what “new music” meant and to present a variety of previously unseen experimental artists from abroad and New York City. This series was the first programmed by music director Bob Wisdom, and it was the inaugural music series at The Kitchen’s new space in Chelsea. The first week involved a number of acts from Europe, many of whom were associated with the Belgian record label Crammed Discs, as well as a tribute night to the Hungarian-Austrian contemporary classical composer György Ligeti, which included the world premier of a new piano work by the pianist and composer Yvar Mikhashoff. The second week included a tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. by the violinist and composer Malcolm Goldstein and saxophonist Archie Shepp. During the third week there were performances by another assortment of Europe-based acts as well as an anti-Apartheid concert by the American music collective Black Rock Coalition.