NON founding member Nkisi curates Wysing festival

1 mois 3 semaines ago

Opaque Poetics will take place on 2 September and promises “immersive and intense soundscapes”.

Wysing Arts Centre has announced the line-up for their 2017 art and music festival Opaque Poetics, which has been curated by NON founding member Melika Ngombe Kolongo aka Nkisi.

Artists playing are Angel-Ho, Abyss X, clubcouture with special guests, Felix Lee, John T Gast, Kamixlo, Klein, Naee Roberts, Nídia, patten, terribilis, Tribe of Colin and Nkisi herself. Each act has been invited to “create immersive and intense soundscapes that will take the audience on a journey across twelve hours”.

Opaque Poetics will take place 2 September. Early bird tickets are on sale now.

Warp reissues B12's Electro-Soma

1 mois 4 semaines ago

Warp to rerelease B12's Electro-Soma this August

B12 are getting the reissue treatment this August, with the rerelease of Electro-Soma on Warp. It was first put out in 1993 in the form of a compilation of Warp founder Rob Mitchell’s favourite B12 12"s, which also included some new tracks. One of Warp’s original signees, the duo were involved in the Artificial Intelligence series alongside Aphex Twin (as Polygon Window), The Black Dog and Autechre.

Electro-Soma has been remastered and includes a new essay by Ben Murphy as well as archival photos, flyers and other memorabilia from the period. There's also a launch party at The Yard in Hackney on 15 September. Tickets are available via Resident Advisor.

Kodwo Eshun's More Brilliant Than The Sun to be republished 20 years after its first release

2 mois ago

The groundbreaking text has long been out of print, with copies selling online for anything up to £100 and beyond

Music writer, theorist and film maker Kodwo Eshun's More Brilliant Than The Sun: Adventures In Sonic Fiction is set to be republished some 20 years since first appeared in 1998. Covering the music of artists such as Sun Ra, Alice Coltrane, Lee Perry, Dr Octagon, Parliament and Underground Resistance, the book was revolutionary for the way Kodwo decoded the messages in jazz, dub, techno, funk, hiphop, jungle and much more in order to create new sonic possibilities and fictions. As Peter Shapiro said in The Wire 171, “This is the work of a writer who is desperately trying to break past language barriers to grasp at the ineffable qualities of music. It may not live up to the title, but it comes very close.”

This new edition will include a new introduction by Eshun as well as texts by film maker John Akomfrah and producer Steve Goodman aka kode9. It will be published by Verso in October 2018, priced £12.99

Dommune TV to stream PSF special

2 mois ago

Ahead of the memorial concert in Tokyo, Japan's online TV channel streams talks and performances to mark the passing of PSF Records founder Hideo Ikeezumi

On Saturday 24 June, Japan's TV streaming website Dommune will host a night dedicated to the PSF Records founder Hideo Ikeezumi, who died earlier this year.

The broadcast will take place the night before a major memorial concert at Tokyo’s SuperDeluxe, which has been organised by The Silence’s Masaki Batoh, formerly of Ghost, with all proceeds going to Ikeezumi's family.

The broadcast will run from 7pm–midnight JST (11am–4pm in the UK) and feature a rebroadcast of the 2014 film PSF Records Presents Underground Reality, which featured Ikeezumi talking about the history of the label; a talk looking at the history and significance of PSF with guests Kazuo Imai (Marginal Consort), writer Takeo Udagawa, Munehiro Narita (High Rise, Green Flames), The Wire’s Alan Cummings, Masaki Batoh, Naohiro Ukawa (Dommune); and performances from Imai, Narita and Batoh.

You can stream it live via Dommune.

Primary Information release postcards inspired by resistance to the Trump administration

2 mois ago

Card series includes designs by C Spencer Yeh and Christine Sun Kim

Ten new postcards have been released by Primary Information as part of their ongoing series inspired by resistance to the current Trump Administration. The last batch came from Tauba Auerbach, Kevin Beasley, AK Burns, Oto Gillen, Christine Sun Kim, Sara Magenheimer, Marilyn Minter, Jeanette Mundt, Sara Greenberger Rafferty, Trevor Shimizu, Jason Simon, Joshua Smith, and Dena Yago. The second round has just been launched with participating artists Lutz Bacher, Sharon Hayes, Jonathan Horowitz, Marc Hundley, Kayode Ojo, Paul Ramírez Jonas, Aïda Ruilova, Aram Saroyan, Stewart Uoo and C Spencer Yeh.

“Primary Information has been producing artists' books for ten years and part of our mission has been to continue the tradition begun in the 1960s of creating a space and form for art to be distributed into the world beyond our cultural capitals,” reads a statement from the publisher. “Postcards have long been a part of that tradition, with artists engaging with the form for well over 50 years now. While we see this project as a continuation of that very important tradition, we also see the need to double down on this form as a political space embedded with the urgency, diversity and complexity of voices that are the hallmark of our times. Who better to do this than artists?”

All postcards are priced at $1.00 and measure four by six inches, with the next batch available in mid-July. They will then continue on monthly, for an unspecified time.

Five year anniversary of Berlin's jazz and experimental festival A L‘arme!

2 mois ago

This August will mark the fifth edition of A L‘arme! festival in Berlin

“4 days of powerful sounds and unexpected beauty in contemporary jazz and and experimental music” are promised for the fifth anniversary of the Berlin based A L‘arme festival. Taking place from 2–5 August at Radialsystem V and Berghain, the event will feature over 65 artists.

Included in the line up are Elephant, Thurston Moore, Caspar Brötzmann, Frank Bretschneider, Johannes Brecht, Ole Mofjell, Nate Wooley, Chris Corsano, Joe McPhee, Paal Nilssen-Love, Okkyung Lee, Christine Abdelnour, Magda Mayas, Ada Rave, The Ex, Grischa Lichtenberger, Byetone and many more.

Tickets are available from €20 for a day pass. More information can be found on their website.

UK Journal Of Hip Hop Studies calls for submissions

2 mois ago

Academic journal of hip hop is asking for submissions of new essays. Deadline is mid-September

The UK Journal Of Hip-Hop Studies has put out an open call for essays and articles. It says, “Essays of between 4,000-5,000 words in lengths will be accepted, with a few spaces for longer essays of 6,000-8,000 words available. Essays should be formatted with MHRA referencing, and footnotes.”

Deadline for submissions is 14 September and you can find contact and submission details here.

The new student-led journal of hip hop sets to look at the genre from an interdisciplinary approach, with editors from Universities in Liverpool, Durham, Leeds, Oxford, and Royal Holloway, London. More information can be found on their blog.

Watch Matthew Herbert’s interview for Manchester's Music For A Busy City project

2 mois ago

Artists will create site-specific sound pieces as part of Manchester Festival

This June will see the launch of Manchester International Festival's Music For A Busy City project, which commissions six composers to respond to various spaces in the city. The pieces are up to ten minutes long and will play on rotation in locations across Manchester from Victoria Station to Canal Street, allowing for visitors to hear each one in succession as they travel around.

Artists working on the project include Mohammed Fairouz with support from the Manchester Camerata orchestra, Philip Venables with both Manchester Camerata and performance artist David Hoyle, Matthew Herbert in collaboration with sound engineer Pete Cobbin, Huang Ruo alongside Manchester Camerata and Chinese sheng soloist Wu Wei, plus Anna Meredith, and finally Olga Neuwirth.

A series of short videos have been released to coincide with the event, one of which, featuring Matthew Herbert, we've got an exclusive look at. The video has Herbert discuss his project which incorporates the sounds of industrial revolution and machinery.

Music For A Busy City will run between 30 June–16 July. More information about where you can hear the pieces can be found on Manchester International Festival's website.

Wolf Eyes to perform at this year's Supernormal festival

2 mois ago

Taking place in a field in Oxfordshire, the 3-day event will also feature a live edition of Invisible Jukebox with Zoviet*France

Wolf Eyes and Matana Roberts are among some of the highlights taking place at Braziers Park, Oxfordshire this August for the 2017 edition of Supernormal. Other recently announced acts also include Ed Askew, Mary Ocher, Plague Dogs, Not Sorry, R Elizabeth, Rat Salad, Sacred Paws and others. They will join a bill that already includes COUM Flakes, Dead Rat Orchestra, John Bence, King Ayisoba, Paper Dollhouse, Steve Beresford, Yeah You and Howlround.

Also taking place will be the The Wire's Derek Walmsley hosting a live Invisible Jukebox with Zoviet*France, a kids' kino, workshops, talks and art performances.

Supernormal will take place from 4–6 August with tickets priced at £85, including somewhere to pitch your tent. Full line up and information can be found on their website.

Klein to perform a new musical at London's New Music Biennial

2 mois ago

The South London musician has penned a musical as her response to a request to open up for Darkstar

Klein has written what has been described as a musical for her set for this year's New Music Biennial in London. Happening on 7 July, the piece is a brand new work and will take place as an opener to production duo Darkstar's piece. It will be performed in The Ballroom space at the South Bank Centre, a space which Klein said inspired her to do something special for the show.

“Essentially I have always wanted to do a musical. Most of my stuff, the music I make stems from that kind of element,” explains the producer who has worked with the likes of Howling Owl, NON and film maker Crackstevens.

“I have actually been working on it for a month and a bit, like fully fully, and then the songs [featured in the musical] I have been working on for 3–4 months. I got in a few of my friends who work in music and friends I have that are also still in college or university and probably haven't had the opportunity to do something like this before and kind of take them out of their comfort zone as well.”

"The musical is going to pretty cool...” she continues. “We reference a scene from You Got Served which is like an amazing movie and there's elements of West Side Story and Romeo and Juliet but thrown into 21st century, High School vibes! So it is essentially a coming-of-age,” she confirms.

Klein is the only person to be singing during the performance, also referring to it as a “one-woman show with my friends as accompanying dancers.”

The performance will come before a special piece composed by Darkstar and performed by organist James Mcvinnie. Called Dance Unity, it is inspired by the Dance Unity raves that took place during the 1990s in the UK city of Hull.

Watch Klein's single Marks Of Worship. Film by Crackstevens aka Akinola Davies Jr

London New Music Biennial will take place at the South Bank Centre from 7–9 July.

Jardins Efémeros returns this July

2 mois ago

Paradox will be the theme of the 7th edition of Portugal's Jardins Efémeros festival

The 7th edition of Portugal's Jardins Efémeros festival will take place this July. This year's theme will be Paradox and will feature a host of multidisciplinary events taking place in various venues in the city of Viseu. “The pieces created for this edition try to contribute to a reflection on humanist and democratic values, and to integrate values ​​of freedom, both individual and collective,” explains the festival. “We understand that it is urgent to raise the awareness of the population and of the artistic community alike in order to build a plural, united, just, hopeful and creative world at a time when the sustainability of the planet and human life are in a fragile equilibrium.”

The programme, which they are keen to note is designed for all ages, will feature Fennesz & Arve Henriksen, Murcof & Vanessa Wagner presenting Statea, William Basinski, Evan Parker, Stine Janvin Motland presenting Fake Synthetic Music, Sarah Davachi, SØS Gunver Ryberg; Richard Fearless of Death In Vegas, Superpitcher and many more. As well as performances there will be a series of activities for children as well as exhibitions, installations and more.

There will also be a special edition of The Wire's Off The Page hosted by Editor Derek Walmsley and Deputy Editors Emily Bick and Joseph Stannard, the latter of which will be hosting a talk with Strange U. More to be confirmed.

Jardins Efémeros will take place at various venues in Viseu, Portugal, between 7–16 July.

The Otolith Group's Julius Eastman film screened in London

2 mois ago

The Otolith Group's gallery film featuring the music and words of composer Julius Eastman will be screened at London's Corsica Studios on 22 June.

Titled The Third Part Of The Third Measure, the film is described as "an audiovisual composition that stages an encounter with [Eastman's] militant minimalism. It invites viewers to attend to exemplary ecstatic aesthetics of black radicalism that Eastman himself once described as 'full of honour, integrity and boundless courage'." The film, which is projected on two screens, features a quartet of pianists – Zubin Kanga, Rolf Hind, Siwan Rhys and Eliza McCarthy – performing Eastman's piano music, as well as singer Elaine Mitchener and poet Dante Micheaux reciting a text by the composer in which he explains the philosophy behind the titles of his works Gay Guerrilla and Evil Nigger.

The film was commissioned by the ICA in Philadelphia and was also screened earlier this year at the Sharjah Biennial; this will be its first showing in the UK. It is being screened as part of the Hyperdub label's regular Corsica night ø, which will also feature a three hour set by Laurel Halo, whose new Hyperdub album Dust is released on the day of the show.

The Third Part Of The Third Measure screens at London's Corsica Studios on 22 June.

The return of The Wire Salon

2 mois ago

After a four year hiatus, The Wire Salon returns to Cafe Oto on 16 July for a talk with photographer, author and black music historian Val Wilmer.

A familiar name to regular readers of The Wire (she has been a contributor to the magazine since issue one), Val has been reporting on black music and the musicians who make it in the US and the UK since the early 1960s – the list of musicians she has interviewed and photographed over the years reads like a roll call of the most influential figures in jazz, blues and R&B: Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, Sun Ra, Albert Ayler, Howling Wolf, Aretha Franklin, Fela Kuti and many more.

A meticulous journalist, her writing has always combined a historian's concern for reporting the facts and a political agenda informed by her early contacts with black musicians and the emerging civil rights movement. Likewise, her portrait photography is reportage based, depicting musicians in informal, domestic or communal settings, emphasising the social dynamics that underpin their lives and music.

In the 1970s and 80s she became active in the women's movement, writing about the experiences of women in the music industry, and co-founding Format, the UK's first all-women photographers' agency. Her books include Jazz People (1970), The Face Of Black Music (1976), As Serious As Your Life: The Story Of The New Jazz (1977), and the autobiography Mama Said There’d Be Days Like This: My Life In The Jazz World (1989).

For this edition of The Wire Salon, Val has selected a number of photos from her personal archive, which will be projected during the talk and used as entry points to discuss her long and remarkable life in music, photography, politics and beyond. The talk will be hosted by Tony Herrington, while DJ Derek Walmsley will top and tail the night playing a mix of hard bop, soul jazz, free jazz and more.

The Wire Salon: An Audience With Val Wilmer takes place at London Cafe Oto, 16 July, 7.30pm.

New Sublime Frequencies book presents the photographs and career of Charles Duvelle

2 mois 1 semaine ago

Renowned Ocora recordist talks to Hisham Mayet about his extensive work in West Africa, South East Asia and beyond

Two giants of field recording and global music come together in a new Sublime Frequencies book, The Photographs Of Charles Duvelle: Disques Ocora And Collection Prophet. Duvelle is a composer, recordist and photographer who ran (and undertook numerous expeditions for) the famous French label Ocora, which evolved out of the Radiodiffusion De La France D’Outre-Mer, a colonial broadcasting project begun by Pierre Schaeffer in the mid-1950s.

"I discovered a lot of tapes," Duvelle recalls in the book of his first encounter with the RFOM archive in the late 1950s. "Music, too. Very badly recorded, but to me completely new and full of originality. This was real modern music! This was my real discovery of the world’s contemporary music, and not only that of the Western world."

Duvelle began recording music outside of Europe on a trip to Niger in the early 60s. Though he was accustomed to recording classical and jazz music, he had to quickly learn how to best record African musicians. He found ingenious ways to document performances and social gatherings, such as setting up sessions outside in places sheltered from the wind, and moving the microphone around during the recording, almost acting as a performer himself.

His early work coincided with that of the French ethnographic film maker Jean Rouch, who likewise prioritised mobility and flexibility over preparation and staging in his documentaries. Duvelle's recording work – a two minute excerpt of West African percussion – was even included by Carl Sagan on the famous Voyager Golden Record.

Ocora's catalogue today runs to more than 600 recordings, scores of them made by Duvelle in his 15 year tenure at the label, and it has become renowned for its quality sound and scholarly dedication to presenting music from beyond Europe. After leaving Ocora, Duvelle has recorded his own music extensively, and later worked on the Prophet series for Philips, which once again extensively documented African music.

Duvelle also took extensive photographs during his expeditions, which form the basis of this new book. It includes more than 200 photos of musicians and people from West Africa to South East Asia and the Pacific from the late 50s to the late 70s, and it's accompanied by two CDs of recordings taken from the many discs he made.

The set includes an extensive interview with Duvelle conducted by Hisham Mayet, who has recorded and compiled numerous groundbreaking albums for the US 'punk ethnography' label Sublime Frequencies. The interview discusses the colonial context of Ocora's work, which propogated the idea of 'co-operation', but which also aimed to bolster the idea of a unified French culture for the new Francophone African audience, as well as the myriad problems of the term 'ethnographic'. The book also includes extensive discographies and recording notes and musician credits.

The Photographs Of Charles Duvelle: Disques Ocora And Collection Prophet is published by Sublime Frequencies.

Baba Yaga's Hut presents two consecutive Wire 400 events

2 mois 1 semaine ago

The London promoters will host Melt-Banana at The Garage followed by Zu at London Fields Brewhouse

The Wire has teamed up with Baba Yaga's Hut to continue a series of special London events celebrating the 400th issue of the magazine. On 15 June Japanese noise rock duo Melt-Banana will play alongside London band Ghold at The Garage in Highbury & Islington. The following evening on 16 June instrumental acts Zu, Tomaga & Pierre Bastien and Jessica Moss will all perform at London Fields Brewhouse.

Tickets are available via the Baba Yaga's Hut website.

Subscribers to The Wire's weekly newsletter can enter a competition to win tickets for each show.

TUSK returns to Sage Gateshead in October 2017

2 mois 1 semaine ago

The annual festival will stage its seventh edition with another diverse line-up

From 13-15 October, TUSK will take place at its habitual venue in the North East of England. The roster so far includes a UK debut appearance from Swedish punk band Brainbombs, as well as performances from London producers Klein and Beatrice Dillon, French field recordist Kink Gong, Californian duo Hans Grusel's Krankenkabinet, Russian post folk collective Staraya Derevnya, Scottish band Shareholder and sound manipulator Èlg, with more live music yet to be announced.

The festival will also host talks, films, exhibitions and after parties over the course of the weekend. Tickets are available from 16 June via Sage Gateshead box office with 50 Early Bird passes offered at £45, full weekend passes at £55, and day tickets at £20.

Campaign to rescue Peruvian chicha music

2 mois 2 semaines ago

Directed by Jalo Nuñez Del Prado, the project seeks the “the rescue, comeback and re-appreciation” of the Discos Horóscopo catalogue

A campaign is underway to reissue some back catalogue albums from Peruvian chicha label Discos Horóscopo. Originally released in the 1970s and 80s, the ten albums are marked by the project's director Jalo Nuñez Del Prado as some of the most important albums of their time, and are set to be made available internationally.

Chicha or Peruvian cumbia, a subgenre of cumbia, was a response to the marginalisation of migrant groups who fused various traditional music from the Andes with American psychedelic, Cuban guaracha, Colombian cumbia and other forms.

“Peruvian chicha music was born and exploded from the chaotic political context of the 80s. At the time, Peru was suffering from devastating economic inflation and terrorism, forcing Andean populations to migrate to a cruel and unwelcoming capital”, explains the fundraising page. “Until this day, despite being undervalued and stigmatized, chicha music continues to have a strong sociocultural impact in the lives of working class Peruvians.”

The project is already underway but it's now looking for a further 40,000 Euros for production of the first five of the ten albums. For more information you can visit the Indiegogo page.

Watch a video featuring the project directed by Jalo Nuñez Del Prado

Campaign to rescue Peruvian chica music

2 mois 2 semaines ago

Directed by Jalo Nuñez Del Prado, the project seeks the “the rescue, comeback and re-appreciation” of the Discos Horóscopo catalogue

A campaign is underway to reissue some back catalogue albums from Peruvian chica label Discos Horóscopo. Originally released in the 1970s and 80s, the ten albums are marked by the project's director Jalo Nuñez Del Prado as some of the most important albums of their time, and are set to be made available internationally.

Chicha or Peruvian cumbia, a subgenre of cumbia, was a response to the marginalisation of migrant groups who fused various traditional music from the Andes with American psychedelic, Cuban guaracha, Colombian cumbia and other forms.

“Peruvian chicha music was born and exploded from the chaotic political context of the 80s. At the time, Peru was suffering from devastating economic inflation and terrorism, forcing Andean populations to migrate to a cruel and unwelcoming capital”, explains the fundraising page. “Until this day, despite being undervalued and stigmatized, chicha music continues to have a strong sociocultural impact in the lives of working class Peruvians.”

The project is already underway but it's now looking for a further 40,000 Euros for production of the first five of the ten albums. For more information you can visit the Indiegogo page.

Watch a video featuring the project directed by Jalo Nuñez Del Prado

Beating Heart returns with South African field recording remixes

2 mois 2 semaines ago

The dance tracks feature archival material from the major Hugh Tracey archive collection at ILAM

Beating Heart has returned with another charity sound archive compilation. Following on from last year's Malawi album, which had producers making new tracks from field recordings from the area, the next in the series will focus on South Africa with a four track EP to start with and a host of remix tracks too. Working with the Hugh Tracey archive at ILAM, the largest archive of African field recordings, featuring thousands of recordings compiled between the 1920s and 1970s across 18 Sub-Saharan countries. South Africa Volumes 1 - 5 will be released this summer, featuring artists including Coen, DJ Khaleb, Auntie Flo, Das Kapital and others.

Profits will be used to support the Women's Legal Centre, who work for gender equality across South Africa, and the AMP music school in Grahamstown where students will be able to learn production skills through remixing field recordings from the ILAM archive and earning about their heritage.

Watch a video about the first Malawi release

Blank Forms announce in-house journal Magazine

2 mois 2 semaines ago

NYC curator and promoter launches new publication following its first year of operations

Curator and promoter Blank Forms has announced a new print publication surveying avant garde and underground figures inspired by their current events programme. Magazine is the first edition of the journal of the New York organisation, founded in 2016 by former ISSUE Project Room Artistic Director Lawrence Kumpf, with pieces on and by musicians including Joe McPhee, Bruce Russell, Éliane Radigue and François Bonnet (aka Kassel Jaeger).

"It's called a magazine but it's more of a book in its actual format," says Kumpf. "The idea of Magazine is appealing because it can have a looser more propositional structure for grouping things together." The first issue, which is over two hundred pages long, includes four sections exploring the influential work of late sound artist Maryanne Amacher, plus unpublished interviews, transcriptions of talks from live events, poetry and stories, and more. Also featured are translations from Bonnet's book The Infra-World, discussion of the visual poetry of Ralston Farina, and Bruce Russell of The Dead C on the notion of 'mis-competence' in New Zealand music. Many of the documents, interviews and writings emerged or evolved out of the first year of programming at Blank Forms – "because often there isn't much information on the topic out there," Kumpf reports.

"For the next issue we wouldn't necessarily stick to this format," he says, "or the structure (referring to our past programming) – but will keep it as an open format and platform for interesting ideas and documents that we come across in our work."

Magazine is edited by Lawrence Kumpf and Joe Bucciero, and is available from the Blank Forms website.

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