Lou Gare has died

2 semaines ago

The UK improv pioneer co-founded AMM in the mid-1960s

Aikido instructor and free improv saxophonist Lou Gare, who died on 6 October, was the co-founder of AMM with guitarist Keith Rowe and drummer Eddie Prévost. He played with the group up until their 1973 album To Hear And Back Again, and then not again until The Nameless Uncarved Block on Matchless in 1990.

During the 1970s Gare moved to Devon where he continued to make music solo and with local musicians such as pianist Sam Richards in Synchronicity, which also featured David Stanley and Sarah Frances. The group performed throughout the 1990s and early 2000s in the Southwest, and they also toured the Czech Republic. In 2005 Gare released a solo album, No String Attached, and in March 2011 he played a two day residency at London Cafe Oto, when he played solo, with his band and former AMM colleague Eddie Prévost.

A keen martial arts student and teacher for over 20 years, Gare told Julian Cowley in The Wire 325, “In martial art you learn an enormous amount about how to direct your energy and conserve it, and about how to keep relaxed. That’s one of the things I love about the way I play saxophone. When I’m playing really well my whole body is very relaxed. I just watch it working, in a way.”

The Wire ’s Invisible Jukebox goes live in Berlin

2 semaines ago

Ableton Loop returns in November with Ben Frost set to undergo The Wire test where musicians are asked to comment on tracks with no prior knowledge of what they're about to hear

Ableton's Loop Summit will take place at Berlin Funkhaus from 10–12 November. Happening over three days, the summit is essentially an ideas exchange involving a series of discussions, performances, presentations, studio sessions, installations and interactive workshops. The programme includes presentations by Goldie, Jenny Hval, Katie Gately, Laurel Halo, Machinedrum and Susan Rogers, talks with Abayomi, Jowaa, Ski Oakenfull and Stro Elliot, and various audio demonstrations with Butterz, Discwoman, JD Twitch and many others. A full list of what's going on can be found at their website.

And from 2:15–3:30pm on 12 November The Wire Contributing Editor Frances Morgan will conduct an onstage version of our regular print feature Invisible Jukebox, with Ben Frost in the hot seat, in Funkhaus Main Recording Hall

You can watch last year's live Invisible Jukebox sessions with Morton Subotnick and Gudrun Gut below:

Jaki Liebezeit tribute concert at Cologne’s Philharmonie

2 semaines ago

Musicians from across Europe will descend on the Rhineland city to pay their respects to the Can drummer

Can members Irmin Schmidt, Damo Suzuki and Rosko Gee are among those lined up to pay tribute to their drummer colleague Jaki Liebezeit at a special commemorative concert in Cologne on 22 January 2018.

Marking the first anniversary of Liebezeit’s death, the concert promises “a clear dramatic thread“ to hold together a roster of artists that includes Jaki Liebezeit´s Drum Ensemble Drums Off Chaos with Manos Tsangaris, Schmidt, Suzuki, Gee, Reiner Linke & Maf Retter, Baba Zula, Gianna Nannini, Jah Wobble, Jono Podmore, Robert Coyne, Manfred Schoof, Jochen Irmler, Pi-hsien Chen, Burnt Friedmann, Rüdiger Elze, Hans ‘Bäär’ Maahn, Dominik von Senger, and others.

Jaki Liebezeit – A Tribute will take place on 22 January, 2018, 8pm at Cologne’s Philharmonie Köln.

Dan Deacon readies Rat Film soundtrack on Domino

2 semaines 3 jours ago

The soundtrack is Deacon’s first full record devoted to modern composition. He shares the single “Redlining”

Dan Deacon will release the soundtrack to the new essay film Rat Film on 13 October via Domino. Directed by Theo Anthony, Rat Film uses rat infestation in his and Deacon's hometown of Baltimore to interrogate issues of race and class in the city. Deacon's soundtrack to the film demonstrates his own style of contemporary composition, which he developed while studying at the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College, New York. In addition to his four albums, his previous works include the ballet The Times Are Racing by Justin Peck and commissions including pieces with Kronos Quartet at Lincoln Centre and So Percussion at the Barbican.

You can watch footage of how Deacon incorporated the rats into the film’s score, and you can listen to the single “Redlining” below.

Tenth edition of Avant Art Festival breaking out across two Polish cities

2 semaines 4 jours ago

Festival events in Wrocław and Warsaw run until 13 October

Poland's Avant Art Festival is currently underway, occupying the twin centres of Wrocław and Warsaw. Having focused on music from Japan last year, the tenth edition has gone for a broader range of experimental and avant garde music and art.

This is the first time the Wrocław festival has branched out to Warsaw. Running until 11 October, the Warsaw programme includes Dean Blunt's Babyfather project, Justin Broadrick, Powell, Regis, Actress, MC Flowdan, Oren Ambarchi, Łoskot, Black Dice, Piernikowski, Lutto Lento, BNNT featuring Mats Gustafsson and others. There will also be screenings of music documentaries at the Muranów Cinema.

Running until 13 October, the Wrocław line-up also includes Radian, Regis, Baby Meelo, Powell, Melt Banana, Porter Ricks, Oren Ambarchi and others.

Full line-up details for Wrocław and Warsaw are available via the Avant Art website, and you can grab a ticket here.

Unsound goes solo in Adelaide

2 semaines 4 jours ago

After a four year partnership with Adelaide Festival, Unsound returns to Australia as a standalone event

The Kraków based Unsound festival returns to Australia for a four day event in Adelaide running from 16–19 November. This will be the first year that the event stands on its own, outside of its usual partnership with Adelaide Festival. Artists confirmed include Robin Fox, Euclidean Drone, Pharmakon, Wolf Eyes, Amnesia Scanner, Errorsmith, Aurora Halal, Bill Kouligas, Kara-Lis Coverdale, Holly Herndon, Porter Ricks, Varg, Ambarchi, Abrahams & Avenaimand, more. There will also be a talks programme presented with The Hawke Centre at UniSA and a sound art exhibition at the Botanic Gardens.

You can sign up for more news on their website.

New sound systems exhibition Let's Play Vinyl hits the road

2 semaines 4 jours ago

Launched to coincide with Black History Month, portraiture and interviews will shine a light on the new generation of operators with a special focus on female run systems

Let's Go Yorkshire – the organisation behind the arts and heritage project Sound System Culture in Huddersfield dedicated to documenting the history of some of the scene’s original pioneers – has curated a new exhibition focusing on a new generation of operators. Let's Play Vinyl aims to highlight an expanding scene that's become increasingly ethnically diverse, bringing a new voice of female authority to the fore and pushing the boundaries of traditional reggae and vinyl cultures.

“The emergence of more female sound system operators is one of the defining characteristics of the new generation,” says the exhibition press, quoting April ‘Rusty Rebel’ Grant, the operator of Birmingham’s Rebel Rock sound in saying: “At dances, men often say: ‘What are you doing with those records?’ It feels fabulous to shock them,” she says. “When I hold a piece of vinyl I think about all the work that has gone into it – especially if it’s an artist that’s no longer here – and I think about how amazing it is that it’s all on this piece of plastic, and the technical process of getting it on there.”

Photographer Elliot Baxter was specially commissioned to take portraits of the sound system operators featured in the exhibitions, “saluting them as productive entrepreneurs creating their own arts ecology in today’s Britain” says Martyn Haigh, Director of Let’s Go Yorkshire.

The first stop for the event will be at the Attenborough Arts Centre at the University of Leicester from 14 October – 24 November. Following that, dates are: Stuart Hall Building, Goldsmiths University of London from 10 January 2018 – 12 February; Parkside Building at Birmingham City University from 21 March – 5 April; and Creative Arts Building at the University of Huddersfield from Thursday 10 May – Friday 29.

Rabih Beaini produces event series Raung Raya

2 semaines 5 jours ago

Morphine Records prepares a showcase of Indonesian music at Berghain and record by one of the acts

Over the next four months, Morphine Records, the label run by Rabih Beaini aka Morphosis, will host five events showcasing music from Indonesia to be held at Berlin’s famous Berghain club. The series is an extension of Belgium's Europalia Festival, who, as reported last month, have also set up a selection of events in London.

For the Berghain series titled Raung Raya, Beaini has organised a line-up consisting of Otto Sidharta, Karinding Attack, Ata Ratu, Iwan Gunawan Ensemble, Al Suwardi’s Planet Harmonik Ensemble, Senyawa and others. More information on individual events is available via Facebook.

In addition, the label has also announced a new album from Tarawangsawelas, a musical duo from Bandung who perform contemporary Tarawangsa, a form of sacred music from West Java. Called Wanci, it's set to be released tomorrow on 5 October. They'll be performing at Raung Raya on 5 November. Tickets for Raung Raya are available via Resident Advisor, including a five event bundle for 60 Euros.

You can listen to the opening track from Wanci below.

Auto Italia presents Terre Thaemlitz Interstices

2 semaines 5 jours ago

New solo presentation at the Bethnal Green project space uses music and film to explore the spaces between gender, sexuality and identity

A new project by Terre Thaemlitz aka DJ Sprinkles has opened at Auto Italia's Bethnal Green art space in London. The electroacoustic, audiovisual installation Interstices combines film and music in order to explore the areas between gender, identity construction, intersexuality and more. The music featured in the project comes from the Thaemlitz album of the same name, released in 2000 on Mille Plateaux, and will be repurposed as a soundtrack incorporating white noise, country music, TV show samples and more.

To run alongside the project, Thaemlitz will be taking up a two-day residency at Cafe Oto on 11–12 October. Other venues across Europe are also booked, including Corsica studios on 6 October, Unsound in Kraków (8), and Wire Club in Leeds (13). “It’s such an urgent and relevant piece of work to be showing in London at a time when trans visibility is so important, specifically within dance music,“ says Will Rigby of the grassroots collective Auto-Italia. “Artists and DJ’s like Anohni, Laura Jane Grace and Juliana Huxtable are reshaping a usually cis, male dominated scene.”

Interstices recently appeared as part of the recent Documenta 14 programme in Athens. It will run at Auto Italia until 3 December.

Dennis Tyfus celebrates 20 years of Ultra Eczema

2 semaines 6 jours ago

Two events will take place in Rotterdam and Antwerp

Dennis Tyfus has announced a twin city festival celebrating 20 years of his label Ultra Eczema. It will take place on 24–25 November in Rotterdam and Antwerp. “I don’t want it to be a dwelling in the past kind of festival, though I am booking people I want to see perform live, some have links to the label [and] others I simply like and want to see perform,” says Tyfus.

On 24 November the celebration will happen at De Player in Rotterdam and will feature Stilluppsteypa, Gabi Losoncy, Thomas Geiger, Vaast Colson, David Sherry, Evelin Brosi and Af Ursin, and on the 25 they'll move to Antwerp Het Bos with all of the above, minus Af Ursin, but with Elko B, Mette Rasmussen, Still House Plants, Daniel De Wereldvermaarde Botanicus and Nico Vegas & Benny Bang added to the line up.

Camp radio takes to the air from the French Pyrenees

2 semaines 6 jours ago

The online station will feature shows by The Wire’s Shane Woolman, Upset The Rhythm, Touch, Ashtray Navigations and others

Fuse Art and Camp have launched an online radio station featuring a wide range of shows from contributors including The Wire’s Shane Woolman, Upset The Rhythm, Wanda Group, Ashtray Navigations, Night School, Norman Records and more. The station is broadcast direct from the studios of Camp in the French Pyrenees, where, as reported earlier this year, a new residential arts school in the mountains features workshops taught by artists including Gavin Bryars, Chris Watson, Eli Keszler and Christina Kubisch.

The station took to the airwaves for the first time on 30 September with a guest mix from Touch label boss Mike Harding. Shane Woolman's show will air on 27 October.

You can listen here.

Charles Cohen dies aged 71

3 semaines ago

The American synth player had only recently been released from prison

Buchla synthesizer improvisor and Philadelphia art underground collaborator Charles Cohen has died at the age of 71. Cohen released few recordings in his lifetime, and much of his music was confined to theatre or dance projects. But a series of 12"s and albums on Morphine Records in the 2010s raised his profile and led to a new burst of touring and collaboration across Europe and beyond.

Cohen had just been released from jail: he was arrested for unlawful contact with a minor in a 2015 sting operation in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, and tried and convicted in early 2017.

Two rare Mary Jane Leach works rediscovered

3 semaines ago

Blume have released two overlooked compositions rooted in 1980s New York minimalism

Two neglected archival works by the American composer Mary Jane Leach have just been released on an album called Pipe Dreams. The LP’s title track was recorded on St Peter’s church organ in Cologne in 1989; the other track is a 1984 composition for four bass clarinets called 4BC.

Mary Jane Leach arrived in New York in the 1970s, where her peers included Julius Eastman, Arnold Dreyblatt, Arthur Russell, Ellen Fullman, Peter Zummo, Philip Corner and others. In 1983 she joined The Downtown Ensemble. Following Eastman’s death in May 1990 she became a key player in protecting his legacy.

Pipe Dreams is released in a limited edition of 300 copies by Blume.

ZULI wins CTM radio lab prize

3 semaines ago

The Cairo electronic music producer and sound artist has won a commission to produce a work based on the concept of turmoil

CTM festival has announced that Ahmed El Ghazoly aka ZULI is the winner of its 2018 Radio Lab commission. Awarded by Deutschlandfunk Kultur and CTM Festival, and in collaboration with ORF musikprotokoll im steirischen herbst and Ö1 Kunstradio, the festival had made a call for submissions for radio and performance or installation works based on the 2018 festival's theme of Turmoil.

An electronic music producer and sound artist from Cairo, El Ghazoly is also co-founder of Kairo Is Koming (KIK) collective, who are responsible for Cairo’s first alternative music venue VENT. His proposal is for a work that will document the political climate in Cairo through a series of conversations held with locals over the past years incorporated with his own music productions and video footage. As El Ghazoly explained, the city has “a feeling of a volcano on the verge of erupting but never actually does”. At CTM 2018 the piece will be exhibited as an installation with 360 degree video footage shot on locations where its interviews and sound collages were sourced. There will also be a website documenting the project, which will be realised as a radio piece in the month following the festival.

Folke Rabe has died

3 semaines 3 jours ago

The Swedish musician and composer who died on 25 September was 81 years old

Swedish jazz musician, composer and lecturer Folke Rabe has died. Born in 1935, Rabe studied at Stockholm’s Royal College of Music under the likes of Valdemar Söderholm, Bo Wallner, György Ligeti and others. Starting out as a jazz musician, Rabe went on to release many works during his lifetime, including the electronic drone composition What??, which was originally released on a split LP with Bo Anders Persson by Wergo in 1970 and reissued by Important in 2012. In The Wire 347, David Keenan described What?? as “one of the great modern musical koans”.

“Eternal music is not a music that sounds forever, despite its promise,” wrote Keenan. “Rather it is a music that sounds the ends of space, the limits of space, which allow us to conceptualise it. Rabe consistently talks about getting inside the sound, and what we find there is not emptiness itself but endless shells, redolent of emptiness, fields where emptiness might manifest or suggest itself, but never, quite, the experience of emptiness itself. The music of Folke Rabe, like the moulds of Rachel Whiteread, like the music of Blue Cheer, makes the inexplicable explicable and underlines the most primal combination, the ultimate duet: that between time and space – reverberant in space, expressive in time, but ultimately expressive of nothing, really, except variations of itself again and again.”

Other Rabe works include Pièce, (1961), Bolos (1962) and Rondes (1964), the last named being one of his most frequently performed works. Rabe worked as a music administrator at Swedish Institute for National Concerts between 1968–80, and from 1980 worked for the Swedish National Broadcasting Corporation as an editor, editor-in-chief and programme manager.

Seismic Ooze surveys the work of Mika Taanila

3 semaines 4 jours ago

Major London retrospective also includes unheard works from Mika Vainio and Erkki Kurenniemi, as well a special Taanila performance with Charles Hayward and Jussi Lehtisalo

A celebration of the work of Finnish film maker and musician Mika Taanila will be spilling out all over London from 16–22 October. Curated by Stanley Schtinter, Seismic Ooze is an extensive survey of the themes that have obsessed Taanila over the years, ranging from scientific advancement and nuclear power to failed utopias.

On 19 October, the ICA presents Nuclear Renaissance, featuring the UK premiere of Return Of The Atom, when Taanila will also be in conversation with Ele Carpenter, an expert in nuclear aesthetics. Heading east the following day Cafe Oto and NTS hosts the debut performance of a trio featuring Jussi Lehtisalo of Circle, Charles Hayward and Taanila, supported by ex-Wire member Bruce Gilbert. Recordings, in memory of Taanila's friend and collaborator, the late Mika Vainio. Elsewhere in East London, Whitechapel Gallery has lined up a showcase of short films by Taanila on 21 October, and from 20–22 October Close-Up Film Centre will run playbacks of unheard music by Mika Vainio and Erkki Kurenniemi in a pitch-black auditorium. Also on 22 October, Taanila will be in conversation with LUX Deputy Director Maria Palacios Cruz, along with film screenings of works by Pasi ‘Sleeping’ Myllymäki, Erkki Kurenniemi and Eino Ruutsalo. Taanila’s My Silence installation will be on show in the foyer of Lemon Locke (16–22 October), and as a warm up to the weekend, Central Saint Martins will present a selection of films focusing on Futuro House, which was designed in the 1960s by Finnish architect Matti Suuronen.

More information can be found at the series curator Schtinter's website.

Rhodri Davies concert series in Swansea

1 mois ago

Rhodri Davies is putting on four special events in Swansea this October, one of which will have Philip Corner perform in the Welsh city for the first time since the 1960s

Rhodri Davies will host four events in Swansea this October featuring a series of rare performances in the country from Philip Corner and Evan Parker.

The first of the four NAWR October events will happen on 1 October featuring Evan Parker and Jenn Kirby and is in collaboration with Swansea International Festival. The second event will happen on 8 October with Jason Kahn & Christian Wolfarth and Colin Webster & Graham Dunning in a night that bring together avant-garde musicians from the US, Switzerland and the UK. Next up will be on 12 October with Metal Meditations: Philip Corner, Phoebe Neville, Ian Holloway & David Pitt. The following night Philip Corner will then appear again, this time with Davies himself.

“It is a big thing to have Philip Corner back to play in Wales again since the last time he came in the 60s. It is also a rare performance for Evan in Swansea so the concerts are a bit special,” says Davies.

Full information can be found here.

Umor Rex donate all Bandcamp sales to the Red Cross in Mexico

1 mois ago

In the aftermath of Mexico's 7.1 magnitude earthquake last Tuesday, Umor Rex will be donating all sales money to the rescue effort

Mexico City's Umor Rex record label and publishing house have announced that from today until 15 October they will be donating 100% of monies raised via digital sales on Bandcamp to the Red Cross in Mexico.

“As you may know, our beloved town, Mexico City was devastated the last Tuesday for a terrible earthquake,” says the label's Daniel Castrejon. “We are working hard doing rescue labors, lifting debris, designing infographics to inform,” he continues. “Unfortunately, we need more than our hard work to achieve the normality. We love our city and our people, but the corruption is present in the political class. So WE, the people are taking the problem in our shoulders.”

You can check out the catalogue, featuring artists such as Kara-Lis Coverdale and LXV, Félicia Atkinson, M. Geddes Gengras, Driftmachine, Rafael Anton Irisarri, Missing Organs (the project of Wire writer Tristan Bath) and loads more, at their Bandcamp page. Alternatively you can donate directly to Mexico's Red Cross via PayPal.

Audio engineer Hedley Jones has died

1 mois ago

The Jamaican sound engineer, musician and writer responsible for building the country’s first sound systems was 99 years old

Jamaican musician, audio engineer, inventor and writer Hedley HG Jones died on 1 September – two months short of his 100th birthday. The Jamaican Observer stated that he had died in Montego Bay on 1 September, and noted various tributes, including one from musicologist Kingsley Goodison: “Hedley was a gigantic man where music is concerned. I have known him from I was a child, but never really met him until about 15 years ago when he was honoured at Tribute To The Greats. He was quite an unsung hero.”

Born in Linstead, Jamaica on 12 November 1917, Jones's first self-built instrument was a cello, which he made when he was 14. In 1935 he moved to Kingston, pursuing various careers such as a bus driver or repairing radios and gramophones. His first job, however, was as a proof reader with the Jamaican Times in 1936. It was there he first heard a Benny Goodman record with Charlie Christian on jazz guitar. Jones, a tenor banjo player at the time, called up the Gibson guitar company to enquire about the instrument, but could not afford it so a friend challenged him to make one. At that time no manufacturers produced solid bodied guitars, so Jones made his own using Jamaican rose wood. In 1940 he appeared on the front page of the Daily Gleaner with his invention, one of the first solid bodied electric guitars.

Jones was aged just 23 at the time, and by 1945, he had joined the British Royal Airforce and trained as a radar engineer as part of the war effort. Later, using the knowledge he gleaned in this role, he would help build some of the first sound systems, splitting high and low frequencies having noted that before the Second World War public address systems were not designed to respond to low frequencies. He kitted out studios across Kingston, and built sound rigs for Tom Wong and his system Tom The Great Sebastian, Arthur ‘Duke’ Reid’s Trojan, and Coxsone Dodd’s Studio One.

Later, Hedley would become president for Jamaica Federation of Musicians (1985–95) and in 1993 was awarded the Order of Distinction by the Jamaican Government. He was also awarded with the Musgrave Medal in 2011, and in 2014 received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association.

Punk House exhibition set up in Mike Kelley's Mobile Homestead

1 mois ago

The exhibition features an interior mural by The Wire’s Savage Pencil

An exhibition called Punk House is up and running at Mike Kelley's Mobile Homestead, a full-scale replica of the single-story childhood home of Detroit, Michigan born artist and Destroy All Monsters member, the late Mike Kelley.

Running until 7 January, the exhibition is curated by Destroy All Monsters’ founding member Cary Loren, and works as a companion exhibition to the contemporaneous Sonic Rebellion: Music As Resistance exhibition which looks at the music, art and activism of the Detroit punk and noise art scenes from the 1970s to the present day. Punk House will feature display posters, flyers, zines and records, an interior mural by The Wire’s Savage Pencil and an installation by Detroit based artist James J Millross (aka Jimbo Easter), and more.

Both exhibitions take place at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Detroit. Full information can be found on their website.

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