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Usurp art gallery and studios launch campaign to find new venue

4 jours 11 heures ago

Harrow's arts space sends plea for help following news of imminent closure

“Our cultural gem and the first community artist space and studios in Harrow is being closed down” declare Usurp, following news that the landlord will not renew their lease.

Run by local residents and volunteers, Usurp launched their first gallery and afforable studio space in the borough ten years ago. Since they've hosted hundreds of events, workshops, exhibitions and performances as well as running learning and mentoring programmes.

“Social spaces, libraries and community centres are being closed down every day,” it's noted on the campaign page in a letter addressed to the Mayor of Harrow and the Mayor of London. “London has lost 35% of grassroots venues, 61% LGBT+ venues, and it is estimated that 24% of artists’ workspace sites are at risk of closure (Greater London Authority survey). Help us to find a new home so we are not another statistic.”

To sign the petition visit 38degrees.

The director of Usurp Art, musician and artist Poulomi Desai, wrote an Epiphany in The Wire 415. Subscribers can read that on Exact Editions.

Reggae producer and singer Glen Brown has died

4 jours 14 heures ago

Known as God Son and Rhythm Master, Brown worked with Prince Buster, Gregory Isaacs and King Tubby

Singer and producer Glenmore Brown was born in Kingston, Jamaica, in 1944. In the 1960s he launched his music career as a vocalist with Sonny Bradshaw's jazz group, later recording vocals for producers Duke Reid, Hopeton Lewis and Derrick Harriott. The 1970s would see Brown's career turn to production. He ran two labels: Pantomime and South East Music, and produced tracks for the likes of Prince Buster, Leslie Kong, Gregory Isaacs, Prince Jazzbo, Johnny Clarke, Wayne Jarrett and Sylford Walker.

In some circles Brown was know as the Rhythm Master and God Son. According to The Gleaner, he was nicknamed Rhythm Master for his ability to create catchy melodies, while God Son referred to his time working as a mentor for artists including Sugar Minott, General Lee and Joseph Cotton.

“He treated all musicians like friends and accepted the role of father to so many of them, therefore, he deserved the title,” his eldest daughter Rosemarie Macklin told The Gleaner. “But now he has gone home to the real Father.”

Brown died, aged 75, on 4 October at the Far Rockaway Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing, New York.

David Toop compiles collection of writings on art and sound

5 jours 14 heures ago

A new publication Inflamed Invisible released next month

David Toop has a new book coming out in November. Inflamed Invisible is a collection of essays, reviews, interviews and experimental texts penned between 1976 and 2018 that trace the relationship between sound and art.

The book also includes QR codes and links to recordings of the music Toop is talking about. Codes can be scanned by a smartphone and read via a QR code reader app. There is also a Spotify playlist for readers to delve into.

Inflamed Invisible: Collected Writings On Art And Sound 1976–2018 is published by Goldsmiths Press / Sonics Series on 26 November.

NTS artist development programme call for applicants

5 jours 14 heures ago

London's online radio station set to support six musicians or bands looking to enhance their prospects

Back for a second round, NTS have made a call for musicians to apply for their Work In Progress artist development scheme 2020.

The aim is to support and develop the skills of artists and/or groups of artists working in any genre and at any stage of their career. Six applicants will be selected for a year's worth of mentoring plus free software and hardware, studio access and paid performance opportunities. They'll also get a guest NTS radio show. However, unlike last year, DJ applications will not be accepted.

Deadline is 1 November. Full details can be found on the NTS website.

Big Ears makes first artist announcement for 2020

5 jours 15 heures ago

Next year's festival takes place between 26–29 March in Knoxville, Tennessee

The Necks, Annette Peacock, Anthony Braxton and Thundercat have been announced as artists appearing at Big Ears 2020. Hundreds of concerts, films and literary events are promised for the Tennessee event that’s now over a decade old.

Also taking part will be Devendra Banhart, Peter Brötzmann, Andrew Cyrille, Joe Henry, Kronos Quartet, Meredith Monk & Bang On A Can All-Stars, Jason Moran, Múm, Marc Ribot, Terry Riley, Caroline Shaw & So Percussion, Damo Suzuki Network, Sons Of Chipotle aka John Paul Jones & Anssi Karttunen, Tindersticks, plus Sound For Andy Warhol's Kiss, a quartet comprising Kim Gordon, Steve Gunn, Bill Nace & John Truscinski.

In addition, they promise jazz groups led by Jaimie Branch, Myra Melford, Jeff Parker and Dan Weiss. Mdou Moctar, Moonlight Benjamin, Caterina Barbieri, Sarah Davachi, Maurice Louca, Nadah El Shazly and Shabaka Hutchins will also be making an appearance.

Tickets go on sale on 10 October at 12pm EST.

New Mad Pride benefit compilation

6 jours 9 heures ago

Enragés Fou Noix is a 35 track CD and download with all proceeds going to the
Mental Health Resistance Network

Dedicated to the memories of Robert Dellar, who founded Mad Pride, the direct action mental health protest movement, in London in 1999, and “bipolar exploring subversive visionary hooligan sound composer” John Jah Several, aka John Everall, who also ran the post-industrial Sentrax label and was a former contributor to The Wire, Enragés Fou Noix features music and spoken word pieces by many of the performers who appeared at the 2019 Manchester Mad Pride event.

Produced by Dave O’Wark, the compilation includes tracks by Jowe Head, The Homosexuals, Guttersnipe, Danielle Dax, and performance/cabaret artist David Hoyle. John Everall features on a number of tracks, including in Hawksmoor Brood, a duo with Jowe Head, and as one half of Disco Mental, who contribute a cover of Donna Summer’s “I Feel Love” with vocals by Ceramic Hobs’ Simon Morris.

The CD and download are available on Bandcamp. For more information on the Mental Health Resistance Network visit their website.

Ain Bailey responds to fixed notions of gender

1 semaine 4 jours ago

The sound artist and DJ presents two new electronic works in London

Responding to a line from Leslie Thornton's 1984 film Peggy And Fred In Hell: The Prologue, The Pitch Sisters aims to question fixed notions of gender. It's one of two extended electronic works sound artist and DJ Ain Bailey will be presenting in London next month. The other, called Super JR, was commissioned by Supernormal and Jupiter Rising festivals, and it’s Bailey’s electroacoustic response to the spaces that played host to her.

Both performances happen at City University of London on 19 November.

New Jaimie Branch film and music

1 semaine 5 jours ago

Bird Dogs Of Paradise documents the Chicagoan trumpeter's time in London

Ben Holman’s Bird Dogs Of Paradise documents US trumpeter Jaimie Branch’s visit to EFG London Jazz Festival in 2018, as well as the making of her new album Fly Or Die II: Bird Dogs Of Paradise. The 13 minute short was mostly filmed by director Holman and Gui Bailey, but it also contains footage of Branch’s studio sessions at London music venue Total Refreshment Centre, and at her residency at Cafe Oto, shot by Fabrice Bourgelle and Charles Prest respectively. The album itself is released on 11 October via International Anthem.

A listening party for the new album will take place on 10 October at New York Brooklyn’s Red Hook. And Branch returns to the UK for a show at St James The Great Church in Clapton, East London on 22 November.

Bird Dogs of Paradise from Beija Films on Vimeo.

Hyperdub celebrates its 15th anniversary

1 semaine 5 jours ago

Kode9, Cooly G, Lady Lykez and Nazar to play at Hyperdub's birthday party

The South London label Hyperdub marks 15 years in action with a party at East London’s Village Underground on 18 October. The event brings together some of the key players in the label's history, including founder Kode9 who will DJ back to back with an unannounced “old friend of the label and South London legend”. Other confirmed artists include Teklife co-founder DJ Spinn – his appearance coinciding with the release date of his new Da Life EP – Scratchclart with Lady Lykez, Cooly G back to back with Okzharp, Lee Gamble, Proc Fiskal, Loraine James and Nazar.

Tickets are on sale from Resident Advisor.

BBC’s autumn jazz schedule launches Corey Mwamba radio show in time for London Jazz Festival

1 semaine 5 jours ago

In other radio news Jennifer Lucy Allan becomes a regular presenter on BBC’s Late Junction

Once again the BBC and Jazz FM will collaborate during the EFG London Jazz Festival. The BBC's programme will include a six hour overnight jazz takeover on BBC Radio 3 and a jazz collection on BBC Sounds, while a broadcast swap between the BBC and Jazz FM will see both stations air each other’s key recordings. On 16 November, the festival will screen the BBC Two documentary Miles Davis: Birth Of The Cool, directed by Stanley Nelson. The festival itself happens from 15–24 November at various venues across London.

Meanwhile, on 2 November BBC Radio 3 launches the Saturday night show Freeness, an improvised music programme presented by vibraphone player and composer Corey Mwamba.

Also recently announced, The Wire’s Jennifer Lucy Allan has joined BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction team alongside presenter Verity Sharp.

Blank Forms reprint Joseph Jarman’s Black Case Volume I And II: Return From Exile

1 semaine 6 jours ago

The former Art Ensemble Of Chicago saxophonist’s anthology was originally published by the group’s self-publishing arm in 1977

The Art Ensemble Of Chicago saxophonist and poet Joseph Jarman’s anthology Black Case Volume I And II: Return From Exile covers his writings from 1960–75, including his manifesto for Great Black Music, notated songs, concert programme notes, a selection of photos and his thoughts on a play by Muhal Richard Abrams, the founder of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, of which Jarman was also a member. Originally published in 1977 by The Art Ensemble Of Chicago’s self-publishing wing, the new edition is available for pre-order now.

Read Howard Mandel's recollections of encounters with Jarman, who died in January this year at the age of 81, in an essay published earlier this year.

Now That's What I Call Silence

1 semaine 6 jours ago

New compilation collates music inspired by Reynols and minimalism

“It would be easy to assume Now That’s What I Call Silence was inspired by John Cage’s 4’33”,” declares Silber Records about its new compilation. “But the truer impetus is Blank Tapes by Reynols back in 2000.

“It was not meant to be shocking or innovative as much as an invitation to experimentation,” continues the label’s release, adding that some of the contributions had been previously rejected by Spotify for being “too silent”. Featured artists include X-Bax, Small Life Form, High Tunnels, Heavy for the Vintage, Ben Link Collins, Toni Dimitrov, Charles De Mar, Electric Bird Noise, Can Can Heads, Bodies That Matter, Subscape Annex, Heavy for the Vintage, Remora, Baptizer, Premature Burial, Goddakk, LoveyDove and Konbanwa.

The North Carolina based label has also recently released a new edition of their August field recording series.

Sun Ra Arkestra live in Poland 1986

2 semaines 5 jours ago

Lanquidity Records release music from lost tapes discovered in a basement in Kalisz

New recordings have emerged of Sun Ra and his Arkestra performing at the 13th International Jazz Piano Festival in the Polish city of Kalisz in 1986. It’s compiled from recently rediscovered recordings of the concert, which were apparently lost in a basement for the last three decades. Remastered by Marcin Cichy of Ninja Tune, they're being released by Lanquidity Records as a limited edition yellow vinyl LP on 26 October.

Live In Kalisz is available for pre-order on Bandcamp now. You can listen to the album track “Improvised” below.

SUN RA ARKESTRA - LIVE IN KALISZ 1986 by SUN RA ARKESTRA

Mark Fell collaborates with Pedro Rocha on No Bounds 2019 line-up

2 semaines 5 jours ago

The city-wide Sheffield event plays out at venues including Kelham Island Museum, Heeley Swimming Pool and Hope Works

For this year’s edition, No Bounds festival in Sheffield has commissioned Mark Fell and Pedro Rocha to curate a day of performances at Kelham Island Museum. The resulting programme, named Tactical Contact, will include collaborations between Goat & Collectif Nominoë, Rian Treanor & Jan Hendrikse, Okkyung Lee & Liz Kosack, and Nakul Krishnamurty & Ryoko Akama; plus, a performance installation by Angharad Williams & Other Words For Anger Collective, a light and sound performance by Caty Olive & Ellen Arkbro, Antonija Livingstone dancing with a working steam engine, Sote & Sandro Mussida, Will Guthrie, Sofia Jernberg, and Alex Mclean with New Noveta.

Another festival partnership, No Bounds and Site Gallery, commissioned a new AV sound installation called The Skin Of Time by Melika Ngombe Kolongo aka Nkisi. Other confirmed artists include Aurora Halal, Caterina Barbieri & Ruben Spini, Clara!, dBridge, Deadbeat UK, Graham Dunning, JASSS, Juan Atkins, Lanark Artefax, Lee Gamble, Memory Dance, rRoxymore B2B Violet, Shannen SP, SHYGIRL, Zed Bias, Ziúr and ZULI, plus The Wire contributors Joe Muggs and Ifeoluwa hosting talks, a film programme and the usual No Bounds rave at Hope Works on Friday and Saturday night

No Bounds runs from 11–13 October. Full line-up can be found on their website and tickets are available from Resident Advisor.

Richard Dawson new album out in October

2 semaines 6 jours ago

2020 will be Dawson's sixth solo album. Watch the video for “Jogging”

Newcastle songwriter Richard Dawson will release his sixth solo album on 11 October. 2020 follows on from 2017 release Peasant and has the singer give voice to the modern day citizen, as opposed to the ancient stories depicted in previous releases.

“I was keen to avoid making another album set in the past so soon,” explains Dawson. “Peasant is an album that sounds like it’s covered in dry mud and twig scratches, but I had the feeling that this record needs to be incredibly direct, so that the songs are happening now.”

He continues, “I actually found it incredibly challenging writing in this setting; I think any poetic tricks, devices and grandiose sentiments I might have previously used got scrubbed away in the face of what the characters in these songs are trying to say. People’s thoughts are messy, awkward, conflicting. So whereas with Peasant there was much space for poetry, experimentation and wordplay, here it felt more appropriate to be straight and unvarnished.”

This winter Dawson will be touring across the UK, with dates at London Moth Club (19 November); Brighton Komedia (20); Manchester RCNM Concert Hall (21); Leeds Belgrave Music Hall (22); Liverpool Studio 2 (23); Edinburgh The Caves (26); Glasgow CCA (27); and Newcastle Sage Gateshead (13 December).

You can watch the video for album track “Jogging”, directed by Edwin Burdis, below. 2020 is released on Domino/Weird World. Pre-orders for CD and double LP are available now.

Loraine James, Leila and Oval join this year’s 24rpm

2 semaines 6 jours ago

Bit-Phalanx’s all day festival takes up residency at London Notting Hill St John’s Church

Leila, Daedelus, Oval, Arovane, Coppé featuring Hataken, Minotaur Shock, Loraine James and Sarasara are among those now confirmed to perform at this year's 24rpm all day festival. The line-up will also include DJ sets from Rob Hall, Gez Varley and Sofia Ilyas.

Happening at St John’s Church in west London’s Notting Hill area, label hosts Bit Phalanx have also promised more music in two more rooms, though they’ve yet to announce who’ll be appearing in them.

24rpm runs from 2–10:30pm on 5 October. Tickets are on sale now starting at £30.

Elaine Mitchener’s Portchester Castle sound installation closes in November

2 semaines 6 jours ago

Her audio work reveals hidden histories of French and French-Caribbean prisoners incarcerated there

Created for Portchester Castle in the south of England, Elaine Mitchener’s sound installation Les Murs Sont Témoins | These Walls Bear Witness examines the building’s past as a prison during the 18th and 19th centuries. The piece focuses on the period of French Revolutionary and Napoleonic wars between 1793–1815, when some 8000 prisoners of war were incarcerated there, over 2000 of them being African-Caribbean in origin.

Commissioned by the University Of Warwick, Mitchener collaborated on the piece with researchers Abigail Coppins and Professor Katherine Astbury, drawing on personal letters, registers and plays written and performed by the prisoners.

Les Murs Sont Témoins | These Walls Bear Witness is on show until the end of November 2019. On 15 November Mitchener will be in conversation with Astbury and Coppins .

Le Guess Who? reveals full 2019 line-up

3 semaines ago

Freshly announced is a premiere of Patrick Higgins & Nicolas Jaar's project AEAEA and the new concert series Hidden Musics highlighting global traditions

Utrecht’s Le Guess Who? festival has announced the final additions to this year’s bill. They include a premiere of Patrick Higgins & Nicolas Jaar’s new project AEAEA; Deerhoof performing their new album Friend Opportunity; plus Aldous Harding, Quelle Chris, and a special collaboration between William Tyler and Mary Lattimore.

This year Le Guess Who? also launches Hidden Musics, a special section highlighting lesser known global music traditions curated by producer Ian Brennan and Glitterbeat Records founder Chris Eckman. Their programme includes performances from all-female Greek vocal ensemble Isokratisses, Pakistan’s Ustad Saami and Mexico’s La Bruja de Texcoco.

As previously announced, Le Guess Who? stages this year have been curated by Fatoumata Diawara, Iris van Herpen & Salvador Breed, Jenny Hval, Moon Duo, Patrick Higgins and The Bug.

Le Guess Who? runs from 7–10 November. Full details can be found on their website.

Stroboscopic Artefacts celebrate tenth anniversary with new compilation

3 semaines 4 jours ago

Artists featured include Chevel, Rrose, Lucy and others

Stroboscopic Artefacts turns ten this year, and to mark the occasion label founder Lucy aka Luca Mortellaro has compiled a special release featuring both new and longterm collaborators.

Called X – Ten Years Of Artefacts, the 13 track album includes tracks by Adriana Lopez, Alessandro Adriani, Chevel, Denise Rabe, Efdemin, James Ruskin, LB Dub Corp aka Luke Slater, Lucy and Rrose individually and together as Lotus Eater, Serena Butler, Shifted and another Lucy collaboration – this time with Speedy J –Zeitgeber.

Celebrations continue on Stroboscopic Artefacts club tour from October and January 2020, taking in venues in Basel, Warsaw, Hamburg, London, Madrid, Prague, Montreal, Chicago, New York and Amsterdam.

A remix EP of music by Donato Dozzy, Caterina Barbieri, Xhin and Ben Klock is also rumoured. X – Ten Years Of Artefacts is released on 15 November. Listen to Lucy’s “The Goat God”.

Deep Minimalism embarks on round two

3 semaines 4 jours ago

Oliver Coates’s celebration of minimal music returns to London in November

Cellist, producer and composer Oliver Coates has announced the programme for the second edition of Deep Minimalism festival, the first of which happened in 2016. Dedicated to meditative listening and deep concentration, the weekend features Grouper as NIVHEK, Eliane Radigue’s Trilogie De La Mort, rare works by Tod Dockstader, performances of Hanne Darboven’s so-called mathematical music, a selection of works commissioned by UK flautist Kathryn Williams, a performance of Morton Feldman’s Triadic Memories, plus Malibu, Mary Jane Leach, London Contemporary Orchestra and others.

Deep Minimalism 2:0 will take place at Southbank Centre on 2–3 November.

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