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Glad Cafe fundraiser prints go on sale

5 jours 6 heures ago

Faced with rising costs, Glasgow's music and arts venue has come out fighting to stay independent

Glasgow’s Glad Cafe is selling a series of limited edition artist prints as part of its bid to keep it independent. Based in the city's Southside, the arts and music venue was founded by the Smillie family in 2012 following a visit to East London's Cafe Oto. "Three years ago my sister Sarah was staying in Dalston and took my mother to Cafe Oto,” said venue manager Joe Smillie back in 2012. “On arriving back in Glasgow [Smillie's mother] decided that this was something the Southside was missing. She wouldn't stop talking about it and eventually roped my wife Karina and myself in."

Ten sets of Glad Editions will go public on 29 November at a Glad Cafe party featuring DJ sets from Duncan Marquiss of The Phantom Band and artist Tommy Grace of Django Django. Each print will run to an edition of 30 and they will be available to buy individually or in a whole set. Online sales start on 30 November and artworks will be exhibited at the venue throughout December.

Participating artists are Laura Aldridge, Monster Chetwynd, Rabiya Choudhry, Ruth Ewan, Norman Gilbert, Tommy Grace & Kate Owens, Kathryn Joseph & Rhian Nicholas, Lorna Macintryre, Kimberley O’Neill and Cathy Wilkes.

Amphitheatre built using upcycled pianos moves to Leith Theatre

6 jours 4 heures ago

100 seat structure is at 'Resonancy' at the theatre until 8 December

This month Edinburgh’s Leith Theatre is home to the first amphitheatre made entirely out of upcycled pianos. The Pianodrome was conceived by S!nk ensemble's Tim Vincent-Smith and Matt Wright, who worked with hundreds of volunteers, performers and donors to build this interactive sculpture. It was first unveiled at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh in August 2018 before moving to Pitt Street Market. The residency – or as they put it, Resonancy – has now moved to Leith.

The space is open from 1-5pm every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday with a daily performance at 4pm. Entry is free except for ticketed events LeithLate and Oi Musica! on 16 and 17 November respectively. The residency will culminate with RESONATOR, a fundraiser festival running between 4–8 December.

“The Pianodrome is not just a venue – it's an interactive sculpture for creative community,” says Wright. “If it is well-used and well-loved it will flourish. During the Resonancy we hope to raise the £5000 we need to cover the year round costs of keeping this project alive.”

Beatrice Dillon shares track from debut album

6 jours 9 heures ago

Workaround features Laurel Halo, Batu, Untold and more

Next year Beatrice Dillon will release her debut album Workaround on Pan. Recorded between studios in London, Berlin and New York, all tracks are 150bpm and include edited samples from guest artists Kuljit Bhamra, Jonny Lam, Verity Susman, Laurel Halo, Batu, Kadialy Kouyaté, Untold and Lucy Railton.

Workaround is released on 7 February 2020. Stream “Workaround Two” featuring Laurel Halo, Bhamra, Lam, Susman and Untold.

Book of Tony Conrad's writings published

1 semaine ago

Primary Information publish major collection of writings on the artist's own work and others

A new book devoted entirely to the writings of artist Tony Conrad has been published. Edited by Constance DeJong and Andrew Lampert, this is the first publication of its kind and spans the period 1961–2012. It features fifty-seven works including essays for small press, exhibition catalogues, anthologies, album liner notes and previously unpublished texts.

Writing on his own art covers The Flicker, Loose Connection, Four Violins, Articulation Of Boolean Algebra For Film Opticals, Early Minimalism, Yellow Movies, Slapping Pythagoras and Music And The Mind Of The World. It also includes thoughts on his peers Tony Oursler, Jack Smith, Rhys Chatham and Henry Flynt. As for essay subjects, they cover topics from horology, neurolinguistics and the historical development of Western music to media activism, network communications, censorship and global media.

Tony Conrad Writings is available for $24 and comes in edition of 2000.

Threads radio launch crowdfunding campaign

1 semaine ago

Ending the effort, a 48 hour live stream with Logos, DJ Food and Traxman

Tottenham-based radio station Threads is looking for a new home. Currently housed above The Cause nightclub, Threads' temporary lease has now come to an end due to redevelopment in the area. The station currently has two streams. One is of live shows from the Tottenham studio while the other offers pre-recorded content and pop-ups across the globe. They're also involved with the Haringey Migrant Support Centre and are partnered with Grow Tottenham through which they have raised money for legal aid.

Now they're looking for a multifunctional space for live broadcasts, pre-records, and video and music production workshops. A crowdfunder will launch on 14 November. There will also be a 48 hour stream between 14–15 December. Confirmed special guests for that are Logos, DJ Food, 2 Bad Mice, I Love Acid and Traxman. Full line up to be announced on 28 November.

You can donate via Go Fund Me.

Butthole Surfers' Gibby Haynes publishes new novel

1 semaine 1 jour ago

A surreal tale of seventeen-year-old Oscar Lester and his trusted dog Mr Cigar

Music teacher, father, and Butthole Surfers frontman Gibby Haynes has published his debut young adult fiction novel. Me And Mr Cigar is a surrealist tale about a teenage boy, Oscar, and his magical pet dog. The pair are on a journey to find the teen's abducted sister, Rachel, who has not spoken to him since Mr Cigar bit off her hand. On their rescue mission they encounter secret technology, agents of the US government, wealthy corporate interests and criminal art dealers.

Published by Soho Teen, it's available for pre-order now.

New Jim O'Rourke set To Magnetize Money And Catch A Roving Eye

1 semaine 1 jour ago

O'Rourke latest box set captures unreleased recordings made between 2017–18

Jim O'Rourke’s latest work is a collection of previously unreleased solo recordings made between 2017–18 at his Japanese studio Steamroom. To Magnetize Money And Catch A Roving Eye is over four hours in length and comes as a four cd box set. It's released on French imprint Sonoris, a label whose roster also includes Lionel Marchetti, Steve Roden, Kevin Drumm and Wolf Eyes. It's available now.

You can also checkout O'Rourke's many other Steamroom releases via Bandcamp. He was featured on the cover of The Wire 418 alongside Eiko Ishibashi.

Berlin hosts Musica Sanae finale

1 semaine 1 jour ago

The third and final instalment of Musica Sanae culminates in Berlin with Félicia Atkinson, Ziúr and Rashad Becker

The third instalment of research-based art project dedicated to intersections of sound and medicine kicks off this week. Following on from editions in Naples’s La Digestion Festival and Sokołowsko’s Sanatorium Of Sound Festival, its German arm will take place over three days at the Museum Kesselhaus Herzberge, a building on the grounds of long-running psychiatric hospital, Evangelisches Krankenhaus Königin Elisabeth Herzberge. An opening event will take place at KM28.

The bill includes Agf HYDRA, Ziúr, Rashad Becker, LABOUR, Yutaka Makino, Evelyn Bencicova, Denial Löwenbrück & Diana Ø, Tørsløv Møller, Anthony Pateras, Barbara Kinga Majewska, Tony di Napoli, Michał Libera, Félicia Atkinson, Erik Bünger, Benjamin Flesser, and Fredrik Olofsson.

Musica Sanae Berlin will run between 14–16 November. Some concerts are free. Watch Audrey Chen perform live at Musica Sanae Sokołowsko.

Final four selected for 2020 AFFA in Experimental Music

1 semaine 1 jour ago

Áine O’Dwyer, Klein, Ashley Paul and Natalie Sharp named as finalists

A panel of judges have nominated four artists as finalists for an award and prize of £10,000. Set up in 1993, The Arts Foundation award is designed to pay for artists’ living and working expenses with “no strings attached”.

This year's chosen musicians are Áine O’Dwyer, Klein, Ashley Paul and Natalie Sharp. They were chosen by a panel of judges consisting of artist and writer Salome Voegelin, Robin Rimbaud aka Scanner and Late Junction's Max Reinhardt.

The winner will be announced on 27 January 2020 at the ICA. Other categories in the award include Comics, Experimental Short Film, Visual Arts and Social Innovation. Runners-up receive £1000.

London Sinfonietta launch streaming platform

1 semaine 2 jours ago

The new online channel will present performances and programmes dedicated to various composers

Tansy Davies, Nick Drake, Lucy Bailey, Mark Padmore and Elaine Mitchener are among the musicians and artists featured in the online launch of London Sinfonietta’s New Music Channel on 12 January. They'll all be participating in a discussion about composer Davies’s and librettist Drake's chamber opera Cave, which will accompany a short live performance. Plus, an exclusive streaming of Cave will be available online throughout 2020.

New Music Channel will regularly present audio and video content, alongside a series of written articles and commissioned new digital works. The channel’s second online event on 17 February will feature Matthew Herbert and Anna Meredith in conversation with cellist Zoe Martlew, which will be recorded live for The Music That Made Me podcast series.

The 12 January event will take place at London Southbank Centre’s Spiritland Royal Festival Hall.

Mike Barnes’s massive history of UK prog rock imminent

1 semaine 6 jours ago

A New Day Yesterday: UK Progressive Rock & The 1970s to be published in 2020. Buy from The Wire and receive your copy a month in advance

Based on his own intensive research and extensive interviews with musicians, journalists, insiders and DJs, The Wire contributor Mike Barnes’s A New Day Yesterday amounts to a major study of UK progressive rock in the 1970s, examining the scene and the social conditions from which the music grew.

At 608 pages long, A New Day Yesterday: UK Progressive Rock & The 1970s is officially published by Omnibus on 27 February. If you order it from The Wire you'll receive your copy a month in advance. More details in the shop.

MHYSA shares track from forthcoming Hyperdub release

1 semaine 6 jours ago

The New York based artist’s album NEVAEH reflects on the black femme experience

Focussing on identity and black experience, MHYSA wrote the lyrics for her new album NEVAEH mostly as a method of alleviating stress while touring her 2017 debut Fantasii (Halcyon Veil). She describes NEVAEH as “a prayer for black women and femmes to be taken to or find a new and better world away from the apocalypse [...] a safe space, a sort of negro heaven.

“I wanted to be more vulnerable with my tracks and experiment with vocal range,” she continues. “I wanted to write more complicated vocal melodies that would be harder for me to do.”

Currently based in New York, MHYSA is one half of the Philadelphia performance and sound art group SCRAAATCH.

NEVAEH is released by Hyperdub on Valentine’s Day 2020. Listen to lead track “Sanaa Lathan”.

Clipping and Shabazz Palaces team up on new single

1 semaine 6 jours ago

Taken from The Deep, “Aquacode Databreaks” is inspired by Detroit duo Drexciya

The Wire cover stars Clipping have teamed up with Shabazz Palaces on “Aquacode Databreaks”, a track originally commissioned for a 2017 episode of This American Life. It’s now included on Clipping's new three track record The Deep, a dark science fiction story about the water breathing descendants of an African woman thrown overboard from a slave ship crossing the Atlantic, inspired by an Afrofuturist myth developed by Detroit’s Drexciya on their 1997 album The Quest.

The Deep is released on Sub Pop on 29 November. Watch “Aquacode Databreaks” below. Read about Clipping in The Wire 430 December issue.

Free Word opens door to Touching Bass event Black Home: The Club As Sanctuary

2 semaines ago

A night of music, poetry and discussion focusing on black and LGBTQI+ contributions to club culture

On 6 December London arts organisation Free Word will host Black Home: The Club As Sanctuary. Presented by South London movement Touching Bass leaders Yewande Odunubi, Alex Rita and Errol Anderson, along with BBZ London, the programme includes a combination of music, poetry and talks honouring the heritage and contributions of black and LGBTQI+ communities to London’s music culture.

A discussion chaired by Odunubi, featuring CDR's Tony Nwachukwu, poets Belinda Zhawi and Kai Isaia-Jamal, curator and DJ Naeem Davis and DJ Sippin' T, will be followed by DJ sets from Errol, Rita, Nwachukwu and Sippin' T.

“When done right, the club space transforms into much more than just a heavy sound system, a bar and four walls,” says Anderson. “The club can become a sanctuary, a stomping ground, a community meet, the gym, church, a collective shoulder, medicine. Home. Come dance nuh.”

The event is part of Writing Our Way Home, a Free Word project exploring the politics of home and takes place at their venue in Clerkenwell between 7pm–2am .

Grace Jones curates Meltdown 2020

2 semaines ago

Jones is the latest of long line including Nile Rodgers, Yoko Ono, David Bowie and Anthony Hegarty to programme the longest running artist curated festival in the world

Grace Jones has been confirmed as guest curator of London Southbank's Meltdown 2020. Her appointment follows her participation in Massive Attack's 2008 Meltdown, when she performed a two hour set at Royal Festival Hall. She also appeared alongside Nick Cave, Shane McGowan and others in a Disney song special curated by Jarvis Cocker.

“I am honoured to be curating next year’s Meltdown festival,” said Jones. “Year after year, the festival continues to spread its colourful wings, allowing its curators to bring together an array of diverse talent not seen anywhere else. It’s about time I was asked to curate Meltdown darling, don’t you think?!”

Running from 12–21 June at various London Southbank venues, the line-up has yet to be announced.

New project from FLEE focuses on Tarantula dance craze

2 semaines 1 jour ago

Tarantismo: Odyssey Of An Italian Ritual draws on a bizarre choreo-musical ritual from southern Italy

Exorcism of people infected with an uncontrollable urge to dance is the subject of Tarantismo: Odyssey Of An Italian Ritual, a double LP and bilingual hardback book published by the self-described “cultural engineering platform” FLEE. They say that the word tarantismo, describing that uncontrollable urge, is derived from the phenomenon of tarantism, a state of being most often cited in 16th and 17th century literature from the province of Taranto in Apulia, southern Italy. Legend has it that those bitten by a tarantula become hysterical and dance frantically.

The double LP features original recordings of exorcists from Puglia made in the 1950s by Diego Carpitella, Ernesto de Martino and Alan Lomax, all sourced in collaboration with the Academia Nationale Santa Cecilia. It also includes six reworks by Bjorn Torske & Trym Søvdsnes, LNS, UFFE, KMRU, Bottin and Don’t DJ. The book includes original photographs plus nine contributions by specialists Chiara Samugheo, Edoardo Winspeare, Luigi Chiriatti, Don Antonio Santoro, Claudia Atimonelli and Pamela Diamante.

“Dedicated to the documentation and enhancement of hybrid cultures”, FLEE was founded in 2017 by Alan Marzo, Olivier Duport and Carl Åhnebrink as a record label, publishing house and exhibition organiser.

Tarantismo: Odyssey Of An Italian Ritual is released on 27 November. Pre-order on their website.

Roy Montgomery’s Scenes From The South Island reissued

2 semaines 6 jours ago

New Zealand guitarist’s debut album revived by Grouper's Yellow Electric imprint

Recorded in the US and New Zealand on a pair of four-track Tascams, Roy Montgomery’s debut album Scenes From The South Island was originally released in 1995 by the West Coast label Drunken Fish. “Several elements converged or aligned for the making of Scenes From The South Island in late 1994, early 1995,” recalls Montgomery. “Landing in San Francisco where things felt different but the same. The play of light, the odd ornamental pohutakawa or ti kouka sprouted from tiny front yards and waving silently at me in this neighbourhood or that. The wind.”

A longtime rare and hard to find item, it’s now being reissued by Liz Harris aka Grouper’s Yellow Electric label.

Listen to “Along The Main Divide”.

Scenes From The South Island by Roy Montgomery

Released on 29 November, it's available to pre-order in double LP or digital formats via Bandcamp.

English Heritage blue plaque for Ronnie Scott's jazz club

2 semaines 6 jours ago

Chet Baker, Nina Simone, Prince and Yusef Lateef have all performed there

Longrunning London jazz venue Ronnie Scott’s has been awarded an English Heritage blue plaque at 39 Gerrard Street, where Ronnie Scott and fellow saxophonist Pete King opened their basement club on 30 October 1959.

“The English Heritage Blue Plaque is the well deserved jewel in the crown of recognition for his lifetime contribution to jazz,” commented Scott’s widow Mary. “I am grateful to have lived long enough to see this happen and am overjoyed and honoured to be a part of the celebration.”

The club is now based in Frith Street, where it recently celebrated its 60th anniversary.

Jazzfest Berlin opens this week with Anthony Braxton

3 semaines ago

The Wire will stream Braxton’s six hour performance on 31 October

Anthony Braxton’s massive Sonic Genome unit featuring 60 musicians launch this year's Jazzfest Berlin at Gropius Bau on Thursday 31 October.

Happening at various venues across the city, Friday’s programme features pianist Brian Marsella, drummer Christian Lillinger presenting Open Form For Society, The Australian Art Orchestra performing compositions by Peter Knight and Julia Reidy, Elliot Galvin, Angel Bat Dawid & The Brothahood, Kaos Puls, Mopcut and Moskus, and The Young Mothers. Plus Angel Bat Dawid, Jean Cook, Peter Knight, Liz Kozack, Julia Neupert and Emma Warren participating in the panel discussion “Beyond Individualism?: Communities & Collectives In Jazz And Improvised Music”.

The festival continues on Saturday with Anthony Braxton and James Fei in conversation, plus performances from Eve Risser, Ambrose Akinmusire, hr-Bigband with Joachim Kühn & Michel Portal, Melissa Aldana Quartet, T (r) opic, São Paulo Underground, COCO, and the James Brandon Lewis UnRuly Quintet. Sunday features KIM Collective, Anthony Braxton's ZIM Music and Marc Ribot; plus a series of concerts featuring Max Andrzejewski, Paul Berberich, Brad Henkel, Isabelle Klemt, Miles Okazaki, Dora Osterloh, Julia Reidy, Otis Sandsjö, Fabiana Striffler and Dan Peter Sundland performing in various non-music venues including a barber shop, a wine shop and a gallery.

Tickets for the event are still available on Jazzfest Berlin website. For those of you not in Berlin, visit The Wire's Facebook page on 31 October at 6.30pm for a live stream of Anthony Braxton's Sonic Genome’s six hour concert.

Win tickets to the third edition of Easterndaze x Berlin

3 semaines 1 jour ago

Artists, actors and activists from the electronic music scene of Eastern Europe head to Berlin to celebrate DIY arts in a series of collaborations with local artists.

Easterndaze x Berlin festival takes place at various venues across the city from 28–30 November. This year’s edition pairs the collectives Serious Serious from Estonia, PARADAIZ from Romania and Mechta from Belarus with Berlin based artists Conditional, Voodoohop and Forbidden Planet, respectively. Easterndaze has also offered Wire readers a chance to win one of two pairs of tickets to the 28 November gig with Conditional & Serious Serious at Acud macht Neu. The line-up for that night includes Steph Horak & Renick Bell, Jennifer Walton, Daniel Katinsky, Ratkiller, Benzokai and Kisling. To enter, email us with the subject line: Easterndaze x Berlin festival competition.

Starting life as a blog, Easterndaze was launched in 2010 by Lucia Udvardyova and Peter Gonda to map DIY scenes in Eastern and Central Europe through interviews and radio shows. The platform launched its first festival in Berlin in 2016, followed by a second edition in 2018.

Tickets and full line-up are available at Resident Advisor.

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