Otomo Yoshihide performs at Soejima Night No. 2 in Tokyo

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Otomo Yoshihide will perform a special solo guitar set at the Ueno Store House venue in Tokyo this month, using the late Japanese free jazz guitarist Masayuki Takayanagi’s old instrument. A new film by Tokyo director Makino Takashi, incorporating 8mm footage of Takayanagi live in Hokkaido in 1984, will also screen at the event. The 8mm footage was shot by jazz critic Teruto Soejima, who died in July 2014. Along with Japanese free jazz pioneers Takayanagi, Masahiko Togashi and Masahiko Satoh, Soejima had helped found Tokyo’s first dedicated free jazz venue, the New Jazz Hall. Soejima Night No 2 takes place on 7 July, more details here.

In other Otomo-related news: a new album, Otomo Yoshihide, Guitar Solo 2015: Left, has just been released by Doubtmusic. Recorded in January this year, it’s a six track collection of solo guitar pieces performed by Otomo on Takayanagi's Gibson ES 175 guitar. As he used to work for Takayanagi until the pair fell out during the latter’s 1984 tour of Hokkaido, the chance to play his ex-boss’s instrument was emotionally significant for Otomo. He was given the guitar after Soejima’s funeral. “During his life Soejima-san had always been concerned about my ungracious leave-taking from Takayanagi-san,” says Otomo in the album’s sleevenotes. He also remarks, “[Takayanagi’s] instrument was used in the creation of so many works that I love.” The record includes Otomo’s readings of Takayanagi’s free guitar interpretations of Ornette Coleman’s “Lonely Woman” and Charlie Haden’s “Song For Che”, among others.

Lizzy Mercier Descloux gets full reissue treatment

New York underground musician and mutant disco punk Lizzy Mercier Descloux is set to get the full archival shakedown this year, with five reissues of her work planned by Light In The Attic this year.

First to be made available is her debut full length album, Press Color, originally released in 1979 on ZE Records and now pressed to blue vinyl with extra liner notes by Vivien Goldman. It will be released on 8 July on vinyl and CD.

The Parisian-born Mercier Descloux was a poet, painter, actor, and self-taught musician who became heavily inspired by African music. She was an involved figure in the late 1970s and 80s New York scene, and founded the magazine Rock News with her husband Michel Esteban.

More info and pre-orders here.

Stewart Lee curating ATP

Comedian and free jazz fan Stewart Lee will be curating an All Tomorrow’s Parties weekend next year. But at the time of writing no acts have been announced for the festival, set to take place between 15–17 April, 2016.

The Lee-curated weekend will be the second time ATP take over Pontin’s holiday camp in Prestatyn, Wales during the next 12 months. Scheduled for this November is an ATP festival curated by Jake and Dinos Chapman featuring Holly Herndon, The Notwist, The Album Leaf and more.

The line-up for Stewart Lee's ATP is still incoming. Check online for more.

Tuvan throat singer, percussionist and shaman Gendos Chamzyryn has died

Tuvan throat singer, percussionist and shaman Gendos Chamzyryn died from a heart attack on 18 June, aged 49. He is best known to western audiences for his work in K-Space, a group he formed with the improvising musicians Ken Hyder and Tim Hodgkinson.

Chamzyryn came from the rural region of Shui, West Tuva. His work as a folk (and, latterly, experimental) musician was always entwined with his deep involvement in shamanic practices. When he moved to the Tuvan capital Kyzyl in the 1980s he encountered the local rock scene, joining and becoming a key member of the avant garde shamanic group Biosintes in 1990. As well as a singer, he was a multi-instrumentalist, folk musician and improvisor. Like Sainkho Namtchylak (with whom he has recorded), he developed a distinctive way of working across traditional and experimental genres. He met Hyder and Hodgkinson in 1992, and in 1996 the three of them formed K-Space, a remarkable shamanic improvising trio.

Chamzryn had a flourishing solo career, as well as playing with numerous ensembles, including rock group Gen-DOS, Darky Medvedev, Alexej Saaia (formerly of Yat-Kha) and Igor Karalaev, and UGAAN, a folk-electronic collaboration with Polish musician Darek Makaruk.

"Gendos was instantly a brother to Tim Hodgkinson and me when we began playing together in K-Space,” commented Hyder. “We learned from each other. We were not identical characters. What bound us together was the spiritual aspect of all we did.

"We built on that accumulated shamanic approach and understanding, reaching a point on our last album Black Sky [recorded live in Sicily] where we might play individually in different tempi, say, then come together in the pocket, before moving on to something else. It was all improvised and seamless."

By Will Montgomery

Flying Saucer Attack returning with new album

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Bristol space rock outfit Flying Saucer Attack are set to release their first album in 15 years via Domino Records. The album, entitled Instrumentals, is a collection of solo pieces recorded by guitarist David Pearce and follows 2000’s Mirror.

Founded in 1992, Flying Saucer Attack pioneered a feedback drenched form of “rural psychedelia” (a slogan printed on the sleeve of their 1993 self-titled debut album) influenced by Syd Barrett, The Jesus And Mary Chain and Popol Vuh, and became known for their avowedly lo-fi recording aesthetic. Like the rest of their output, Instrumentals was home recorded on basic equipment.

Pearce’s most recent release (aside from an FSA track on a 2008 compilation themed around the works of James Joyce) was a collaboration with US musician Jessica Bailiff released under the name Clear Horizon via Kranky in 2003. Instrumentals is released on 17 July.

Muckle Mouth improv and free folk series announce summer programme

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The London based improv and folk series Muckle Mouth has announced its plans for July and August.

Founded in 2014, Muckle Mouth’s aim is to bring together folk music and experimental artistic practice through live music, performance and film.

Taking place at the recently opened DIY events space The Laughing Bell in South London, the programme is launched on 2 July with performances from The Dan Haywood Band, Nick Jonah David and Ewan Wotherspoon. It continues with Ashley Paul (9), C Joynes & Dead Rat Orchestra (22), Ben Pritchard (29), Daniel Voigt and Isnaj Dui (23 August) and more. A full list of dates and artists can be found here.

Marshall Allen, James Harrar and Daevid Allen collaboration released

Cinema Soloriens, aka Sun Ra Arkestra leader Marshall Allen and James Harrar, are raising funds to release an LP featuring the late Daevid Allen of Gong and 808 State’s Graham Massey, plus Paddy Steer, David Birchall and Richard Harrison.

Recorded in Manchester, the set is now available as a download for $9.99. They eventually intend to bring it out as an LP called Cult Of St Margaret. Ordering details here.

In other Marshall Allen news, the saxophonist has recorded new versions of The Heliocentric Worlds Of Sun Ra Volumes 1 & 2 with Arkestra member Danny Thompson. The new sessions were recorded with Allen playing the same instruments but not the same music as the original pieces to “assemble the sonic palette of the original recordings”. The rest of the original instrumentation was painstakingly recreated by a cast of New York musicians. The original Heliocentric Worlds LPs were released on ESP-Disk’. Coincidentally, these new versions were recorded on the same day that ESP founder Bernard Stollman died.

Marshall Allen's Heliocentric Worlds will be released in November. More details here.

Sunn O))) make 70 live recordings available for download

Sunn O))) have uploaded almost 70 live recordings to a new Bandcamp account. The audio is unmixed and unmastered, and it’s sourced from audience recordings dating back to 2002.

Sunn O))) are inviting fans with complete recordings to submit them to the archive with any images taken at the show. They’ll be added to the archive, which will stay separate from the main Sunn O))) downloads page. Each show is available to download for $5. More info here.

Lightning Bolt’s Brian Gibson releasing computer game

Lightning Bolt bassist Brian Gibson has designed a “rhythm violence” computer game called Thumper. In the game, players control a space beetle which is careening towards a giant floating monster head, controlled via a thumbstick and single button on the control pad.

The game is being released by Gibson's computer game design company, Drool, which he runs with Marc Flury. The pair previously worked at Harmonix, the company behind the Guitar Hero series of games. Thumper will be available on Playstation 4 and Steam in 2016. Watch a trailer below, and read more about Drool here.

Tusk festival announce new venue

Newcastle upon Tyne’s Tusk festival has found a new venue. Now in its fifth edition, the three day series of music events, talks and films will be housed in Gateshead Old Town Hall. Tusk’s previous home, Newcastle’s volunteer-run Star And Shadow cinema, has been asked to vacate its property.

The first wave of acts just announced includes Magic Science Quartet featuring Henry Grimes and Marshall Allen, Maurice Louca, Sax Ruins, Demdike Stare, Sleeparchive and Aaron Dilloway.

Tusk takes place between 9–11 October. More information can be found here.