Vision festival celebrates Andrew Cyrille's lifetime of achievement

2 jours 2 heures ago

The 24th edition also features William Parker, Matthew Shipp, Peter Brötzmann, and more

Arts For Art presents Vision Festival 24 from 11–16 June at Roulette in Brooklyn. Running since 1996, the annual festival showcases free jazz, improvised music, dance, poetry and art. This year the opening night is devoted to Andrew Cyrille in celebration of his lifetime of achievement, and on 13 June the festival celebrates the work of sculptor Alain Kirili.

The line-up also includes Alto Gladness, Alvin Fielder Tribute Band, Darius Jones Quintet, Dianne McIntyre, Heroes Are Gang Leaders, Jason Kao Hwang Human Rites Trio, Kidd Jordan, Lebroba Trio, Matthew Shipp & William Parker, Milford Graves, Patricia Nicholson, Val Jeanty & Cooper-Moore, Peter Brötzmann and others.

Meanwhile, on 9 June Vision Film will be screening Big Fire and Kinetic Colors by Stefan Roloff, and Milford Graves Full Mantis by Jake Meginsky and Neil Young.

More information and tickets can be found online.

Luminate x Oram Awards happening in June

2 jours 3 heures ago

Featuring performances from last year’s winner Klein and a DJ set from Beatrice Dillon

London venue Kings Place has added NYX Electronic Drone Choir and a Beatrice Dillon DJ set to the programme of this year's Luminate contemporary music season. Luminate, so called, because it shines “light into the crucible of new music creation today”, assert the organisers.

Beginning in June and running until 29 November, the series has a special focus on women in music. Highlights include The Oram Awards night on 15 June. Set up in honour of Daphne Oram, the awards recognise “emerging female and non-binary artists in the fields of music, sound and related technologies”. The last two years’ winners, Klein and Loraine James, will perform at this year's ceremony, alongside a DJ set from Beatrice Dillon.

The rest of the season includes Galya Bisengalieva & Katherine Tinker performing works by Pauline Oliveros, Shiva Feshareki and Ipek Gorgun (22 June); NYX Electronic Drone Choir (7 July); Suzanne Ciani playing the Buchla 200e (26 October); and Lore Lixenberg presenting her new work Nancarrow Karaoke (25 November).

Full details can be found on the Luminate website. Listeners under 30 can buy tickets at a discounted rate.

Park Jiha announces new album Philos

2 jours 3 heures ago

In advance of its 14 June release date, Park Jiha shares a video of opening track “Arrival”

Following on from her 2018 debut album Communion, the Korean multi-instrumentalist and composer Park Jiha returns with a new set on tak:til/ Glitterbeat.

Called Philos – plural for philo and translated in this instance as love or liking – the album’s an evocation of her “love for time, space and sound”, says Jiha.

“When I am working on music, I put a lot focus on what I am doing,” she continues. “I think in the end that is love. Philos is about the process of intense repetition. That is a very powerful love, especially on this album, where I worked on all the tracks by myself.”

On Philos Jiha plays the Korean piri, saenghwang and yanggeum. instruments. “When making Communion I focused on harmony with the different musicians,” explains Jiha. “But this time, I wanted to get back to putting the focus on what I do. I played all of the instruments myself. This way I could make the tracks more solid, and I could focus on one thing at a time.”

Philos is released on 14 June. Watch the video for “Arrival”.

1976 album Mother Earth’s Plantasia reissued

3 jours ago

Sacred Bones repress some warm earth music for plants and the people who love them

Mort Garson's Mother Earth's Plantasia will be reissued for the first time by Sacred Bones on 21 June. Originally released in 1976, the record is an early example of music produced with the Moog synthesizer. Yet Garson made Plantasia with the sensitivities of house plants in mind, a project driven by his wife's keen interest in gardening. “My mom had a lot of plants,” says their daughter Day Darmet. “She didn’t believe in organised religion, she believed the earth was the best thing in the whole world.”

The album reflected Garson’s readings of the book The Secret Life Of Plants by occultist and former OSS agent Peter Tompkins and former CIA agent Christopher Bird, which claimed that plants were telepathic, able to predict natural disasters and receive signals from distant galaxies. Amid the farming advice given to its readers, the book also declared that plants liked music.

Garson started out as a session musician working with the likes of Doris Day and Glen Campbell. Among other things, he co-wrote the 1961 Cliff Richard single "Theme For A Dream". But after discovering the Moog synthesizer, Garson moved away from pop to make the wholly different kind of earth music of Plantasia. Some claim that a version of the album track “Concerto For Philodendron And Pothos” can be heard on the Nintendo game The Legend Of Zelda, though Garson was never credited for it.

You can hear the full album on YouTube and pre-order it via Bandcamp.

Major archive campaign for Carsten Nicolai

3 jours ago

Noton release his full digital back catalogue featuring early Alva Noto material

Carsten Nicolai's label Noton was resurrected in 2017 when the founders of the Raster-Noton imprint decided to part company. Launched in 1994 as noton.archiv für ton und nichtton, Noton have now embarked on a reissue and redesign phase, converting Nicolai’s early Noto and Alva Noto releases into digital format. Described as “sonic material, not musical”, many of these early works were originally included in art catalogues and often connected to Nicolai's installation work.

However, the Loop records won't be included in the digital archive as they were made specifically as lock groove vinyl, and the 1997 Noton collaboration between Nicolai and Mika Vainio Mikro Makro has been available in digital format for some time.

A full list can be found on the Noton website, and you can listen to a playlist of the 205 tracks on Spotify.

London festival celebrates diaspora punk

3 jours 3 heures ago

Big Joanie, Screaming Toenail, Best Praxis and Cecilia are confirmed for the third edition of Decolonise Fest, and a fundraiser has been launched to bring Crystal Axis and Weedrat to the UK

Decolonise Fest will take place over two days in June. Happening in South London, the DIY punk festival is collectively organised by and for people of colour and features art shows, craft workshops, panel discussions, vegan food and music.

“We want to celebrate the diaspora punx that are creating right now,” say the organisers, “acknowledge our elders and the doors they opened for us, and make room for more DIY diaspora punx to take centre stage and make noise.”

The line-up so far includes Best Praxis, Th’Sheridans, Electric Fire, Handle, Screaming Toenail, Whitelands, Anatomy, Cecilia, Power Balance and Big Joanie.

In addition, a JustGiving page has been set up to raise money for fees and travel costs to ensure two more bands are able to perform at the festival: US band Weedrat from Albuquerque, and Kenya’s Crystal Axis from Nairobi.

They're also calling out for more punks of colour who want to get involved in the event. Email for more information:

Decolonise Fest runs from 29–30 June at DIY Space For London. Early bird tickets are on sale now. In the meantime you can check out Crystal Axis's track “Leopold”.

Heart Of Noise happening in Innsbruck in June

3 jours 4 heures ago

“Don't stop the dance,” declares Austrian festival

Heart Of Noise 2019 runs from 7–9 June at various venues in Innsbruck, Austria. Following on from last year’s theme of Decocooning Society, this year’s festival declares: “Don't stop the dance.” The opening night features a Para Noise Garden constructed by columbosnext and ./studio3 according to the motto “Disco Volante/a con-fused space”.

This year's line-up includes Aja, Andrea Belfi, Ben Vince, Christoph de Babalon, Dengue Dengue Dengue, Dj Raph, Hiedelem featuring Attila Csihar & Balasz Pandi, Philip Jeck, Kara-Lis Coverdale, Lucy Railton, Maja Osojnik, a two-part Nyege Nyege Tapes Showcase featuring Jay Mitta, Bamba Pana & Makaveli, Phill Niblock, Thomas Ankersmit and more. Participating venues are Eagle's Rooftop and House Of Music. In addition Vo Ezn and zanshin will perform on one of the city's trams.

Tickets are on sale now.

Chapter two of Jeff Mills's Director's Cut project out this week

4 jours 1 heure ago

Mill's label delves into the archives to continue its reissue series throughout 2019

Following on from its four track compilation The Director's Cut Chapter 1, Jeff Mills’s Axis label releases Chapter 2 on 19 April. This second edition anthologises five more archive tracks: “As Soon As” (from 2008's Time Mechanic 02 Eternity), “G-Star” (from Alpha Centauri), “If (we)” (from 1999's If/Tango), a Jeff Mills commentary on “If (we)”, and “Cycle 30 – Loop 4” (from 1994’s Cycle 30).

“Looking back in hindsight to the activity and accomplishments of Axis is with much pride – to witness the relationship between the music and listener evolving to this point,” says Mills. “The Director’s Cut reissue project is about manicuring detail. It’s about a rare opportunity to enhance what we’ve done so that the relationship strengthens for the long term.”

The Director's Cut Chapter 2 is released on 19 April.

Experimental music series launches at Corsica

4 jours 22 heures ago

Sarathy Korwar, Pouya Ehsaei and Yelfris Valdes to perform at Corsica Studios in May

Serious have announced a new experimental music series at London’s south of the river venue, Corsica Studios. Called Between The Lines, it will be launched over two nights in May, with regular dates and, possibly, a festival to follow.

Between The Lines’ opening night features Sarathy Korwar with Danalogue, Fehdah and Pouya Ehsaei with trumpet player Yelfris Valdes (16 May); the launch continues with Davy Kehoe, Maria Somerville and folk string duo Fran & Flora (17 May).

“The reason we’re doing it in Corsica Studios,” says Robert Farhat of Serious, “is that I like to subvert expectations of what kind of music is assumed to work in a certain kind of venue. Corsica is known for its progressive dance/electronic music, but there’s no reason why other kinds of music won’t suit it too and I’m a vehement non-believer in boxing off specific genres into corresponding venues.”

Tickets to both shows will set you back £25.

Actions For Free Jazz label marks fresh start for Smalltown Superjazzz

1 semaine 1 jour ago

The sister operation to Smalltown Supersound relaunches under new name

Smalltown Supersound has launched a new vinyl focussed free jazz subsidiary label. Called Actions For Free Jazz, it plans to build on the heritage of Supersound subsidiary Smalltown Superjazzz, which ran between 2005–12. The latter was finally put to bed because founder Joakim Haugland “didn’t feel the label any longer”.

The new imprint cites BYG Actuel, Incus, Freedom and ESP-Disk’ labels as inspirations, even as it takes its name from Don Cherry & Krystzof Penderecki’s The New Eternal Rhythm Orchestra track “Actions For Free Jazz Orchestra” on Actions (1971)/ Actions For Free Jazz, or AFJ-Series for short, will press all its releases in limited vinyl editions of 500 copies, with sleeve art designed by Kim Hiorthøy, and Haugland and Lasse Marhaug acting as producers.

Its first releases include Christian Marclay & Mats Gustafsson’s Link, Joe McPhee & Paal Nilssen-Love’s Lift Every Voice And Sing, EYE & Mats Gustafsson’s And Now… and the compilation Actions For Free Jazz.

Raven Chacon mini-festival this weekend

1 semaine 1 jour ago

The Toronto happening is presented by Arraymusic and Native Women In The Arts

The Raven Chacon Mini-Festival at Toronto’s The Music Gallery runs from 12–14 April. Participating artists and musicians include Chacon, Laura Ortman, Suzanne Kite, Cheryl L’Hirondelle, C_RL (Allison Cameron, Nicole Rampersaud and Germaine Liu), Olivia Shortt, Carmina Escobar and the Array ensemble.

Saturday sees the world premiere of Chacon’s For Zitkála-Šá, a work dedicated to the Dakota violin teacher and activist, who was also the librettist of The Sun Dance Opera (1913) – the first American Indian opera.

The weekend’s performances will be streamed live. More information can be found at The Music Gallery website.

FUSE reissues Dimension Intrusion and Train-Tracs

1 semaine 2 jours ago

Richie Hawtin and the Vinyl Factory celebrate the 25th anniversary of his FUSE project with a £300 box set

Richie Hawtin and The Vinyl Factory will reissue Dimension Intrusion and Train-Tracs in a limited edition vinyl box set priced at £300. Both albums were originally released under Hawtin’s FUSE moniker in 1993. This new edition belatedly marks their 25th anniversary.

Also included in Dimensions is a previously unreleased album Computer Space (recorded in 1993), prints of artwork by Richie’s brother Matthew Hawtin and a booklet of historical text and imagery.

It's released on 14 April and is available for pre-order now.

New series explores states of non-equilibrium

1 semaine 2 jours ago

Time Krystal takes place this summer in Berlin with Hanna Hartmann, Stine Janvin, Lucy Railton, and more

The new music event series Time Krystal: Music In Non-Equilibrium launches this month at Berlin’s Kantine Am Berghain. Taking inspiration from the time crystal, or space-time crystal – a structure that repeats in time and space – the series looks at states of non-equilibrium.

Curated by Boris Baltschun, it’s described as “a laboratory for musical experiments that render non-equilibrium audible”. Here 12 Berlin based musicians and groups will delve into states of continuous change in sound. They include: Hanna Hartmann, Hanno Leichtmann and Gamut Inc (19 April); Julia Reidy, ercklentz neumann and Jan Jelinek (24 May); Stine Janvin, The Pitch and Jessica Ekomane (21 June); Lucy Railton, Lucio Capece and Jasmine Guffond (12 July).

More information can be found on their website.

Helm announces new LP on Pan and shares track “I Knew You Would Respond”

1 semaine 3 jours ago

Chemical Flowers features string arrangements by JG Thirlwell aka Foetus

Luke Younger’s new LP as Helm is called Chemical Flowers and it will be released by Pan next month. The album shares a similar vision of the urban environment as its 2015 predecessor Olympic Mess.

The core of the album was made by Younger working alone at No studio in the Essex countryside. It also features string parts arranged and recorded by JG Thirlwell aka Foetus, with additional cello from Lucinda Chua and saxophone from Karl D’Silva.

Listen to the lead track “I Knew You Would Respond”. Chemical Flowers is released on 17 May.

Supernormal resumes and announces open call

2 semaines 2 jours ago

Following a year-long hiatus, the sold out event has put out an open call for six artists to participate in a residency in June

Supernormal festival has returned after a year-long hiatus. The annual independent festival had been running for eight years before it decided to take some time out, giving organisers the space to explore strategies for making the event financially sustainable.

Returning to its usual haunt at Braziers Park in Oxfordshire between 2–4 August, the event has already sold out, whilst the line-up is yet to be announced.

Also to note is an open call for six artists to take up residence at the park between 17–24 June. The outcome will see new works performed on site during the festival. Deadline is 14 April. More information can be found on the Supernormal website.

Avant garde Eurovision held in London

2 semaines 2 jours ago

EuroNoize sets to bring 11 bands of “punx and weirdos” together in May

On 23 May London venue Scala will host an avant garde Eurovision. EuroNoize is the idea of curators Pil and Galia Kollectiv who have a “grotesque fascination” with the popular international song contest broadcast live on TV annually. For this event however, the pair want to bring 11 bands of “punx and weirdos” together in front of a live audience to compete in a celebration of the obscure. From Russia to Ireland (not including the UK due to Brexit) the artists set to perform include Felix Kubin, Winnie Puhh, Asian Women On The Telephone and Sissy.

Last year EuroNoize organised a conference at Reading University on DIY music in Europe.

The EuroNoize competition will also be streamed live online so people not at the event are able to vote.

Red Bull Music Academy to close

2 semaines 3 jours ago

After a 20 year partnership, Red Bull and consultation company Yadastar cease to operate Red Bull Music Academy and Red Bull Radio

RBMA and Red Bull Radio will cease operations in 2019, reports Resident Advisor. Staff working for the music offshoot of the energy drink company were informed of the news last week, while today saw an announcement via Yadastar, the consulting company who looked after the creative and curatorial sides of the project. Red Bull Music does not partner with Yadastar however, and will continue to operate.

Red Bull told RA: “After 20 years of supporting artists worldwide with its music program in a rapidly changing world, Red Bull will maintain its purpose of providing a global platform to promote creativity—but it is changing the means of delivery. Red Bull will be moving away from a strongly centralized approach, will gradually phase out the existing structure and will implement a new setup which empowers existing Red Bull country teams and utilises local expertise. Red Bull will continue to explore new ways to support promising and cutting-edge artists wherever they may be.”

RBMA was cofounded by Torsten Schmidt and Many Ameri of Yadastar in 1998. The academies took place annually in cities including Montréal, London, São Paulo, Cape Town, Madrid, Barcelona,Tokyo, Paris, Dublin, New York, Rome and others.

“Yadastar and Red Bull have mutually agreed to part ways”, reads a statement from Yadastar. “We have had the privilege to work with some of the brightest and most talented people in the world. So, we want to use this opportunity to thank all of the people who have made this journey possible.”

Hundreds of artists have gone through RBMA including OG LULLABIES, Corey K, Palms Trax, Lafawndah, Mumdance, WIFE, Objekt and kidkanevil. A full list of alumni can be found on their website, where you can also see a selection of recordings from their lecture series.

ALE release music by Martin Bartlett and share track

2 semaines 3 jours ago

The label run by The Wire contributor Jennifer Lucy Allan and James Ginzburg returns with a rare collection of live recordings and orchestral works from Terry Riley’s and Pandit Pran Nath’s associate Bartlett

Arc Light Editions will release two albums by the late British electronic musician Martin Bartlett: a sketchbook of live recordings titled Anecdotal Electronics and a collection of electroacoustic and orchestral works called Ankle On.

Born in Croydon in 1939, Bartlett spent much of his life in Canada. He studied under Terry Riley and Pandit Pran Nath, and his acquaintances included Pauline Oliveros, John Cage and David Tudor. He made instruments, regularly working with Don Buchla, and in 1968 invented the black box modular synthesizer with William Hearn. A prolific writer, he penned prose recalling sailing trips, among other writings, as well as academic articles. He also co-founded the Vancouver arts space The Western Front. Yet in spite of all his activities, his work has gone relatively unnoticed. A new wave of interest in Bartlett the musician came a few years ago when artist and film maker Luke Fowler found himself watching a tape of him performing in 1982. “I was struck by a few things,” he said. “The diversity of the music performed (going from intense noise to micro-tuned aleatoric patterns, and melodies to spoken word and acoustic instruments) [...] and the bizarre performance practices associated with the antediluvian analogue/digital instruments played (the black box, a Serge modular and Bartlett’s short-lived homebrew computercontrolled digital synth, the Apogee motor).” Fowler eventually made the film Electro-Pythagorus (as featured in The Wire 401), which followed Bartlett's his life from 1986–92. Bartlett died of an AIDS related illness in 1993.

Anecdotal Electronics and Ankle On are available for pre-order now. Listen to “Muscle Music” below.

Live Arts Week VIII kicks off in April

3 semaines 3 jours ago

The festival happens over two weekends in Bologna

Now in its eighth edition, this year’s Live Arts Week will take place between 4–7 and 11–13 April at various venues across the city of Bologna. The event will revolve around the presence and perceptual experience of bodies, movements, sounds and visions, say the organisers.

“Live Arts Week gives space to 'existential athletics’,” they continue. “It does not put art before the artists, but exposes to forms of sensitivity and ideas, welcomes hybrid and polyglot works, hosts creative singularity, weaving a sort of counter design of use.”

The Live Arts Week line-up includes Marcelo Evelin, Simon Vincenzi, Michele Rizzo, Billy Bultheel, Stine Janvin, Catherine Christer Hennix, Ellen Arkbro & Markus Pal, Doro Bengala, Barokthegreat, Sorour Darabi and Gelateria Sogni di Ghiaccio & friends. More information can be found on their website.

Swedish festival Intonal finalises line-up

3 semaines 4 jours ago

Described as “a blazing inferno”, it will take place from 24–28 April

Malmö’s Intonal experimental music festival will take place from 24–28 April. Offering an international programme of experimental and electronic music, it features a hefty club oriented programme, concerts, installations and artist talks, plus a handful of events open for free to the public.

The line-up includes Eric Enocksson & Kali Malone with St Johannes Church Choir & The Vega Choir, Jimi Tenor, Resina, Wacław Zimpel (in residence), Mod Sens, Alley Cat Anthem, Kali, Jurko Haltuu, Hertz, Nguyễn Thanh Thủy, Lisa Stenberg, Astrid Sonne, Stefan Östersjö, Giuseppe Pisano & Mads Kjeldgaard, AUX88, Apartment House plays Julius Eastman, DJ Marcelle, Jah Shaka, Oliver Coates, JASSS and Ikonika. Installations come from Tony Cokes, Oswaldo Maciá, Malin Lin Nordström and others.

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