Tom Surgal kickstarter to fund free jazz documentary

Sonny Simmons, London 2007. Photo: Phillip Berryhill

A kickstarter campaign has been started to help fund a documentary about the free jazz revolution. The film is directed by Tom Surgal, co-leader of the improvisational ensemble White Out, and produced by his regular collaborators, guitarists Thurston Moore and Nels Cline (Wilco), as well as the documentary maker Dan Braun.

Called Fire Music, the documentary tells the story of the history of free jazz through footage and recordings of key musicians such as Ornette Coleman, Sam Rivers, Wadada Leo Smith, John Tchicai, Dave Burrell, Marshall Allen, Prince Lasha, Sonny Simmons, Rashied Ali, Evan Parker, Paul Lytton and more, as well as the jazz historian Gary Giddins.

Most of the work on Free Jazz has already been done, however Surgal now needs money to cover production costs such as sound mixing, clearance rights and editing, to finish the film. You can get more information on the campaign and see a live performance clip of Marshall Allen at Arkestra House at the Fire Music Kickstarter page.

At the time of writing, the campaign has reached $17,375 out of its $37,500 target, with 21 days to go.

Richard Dawson art exhibition in Shipley, UK

Photo: Ronald Dick

A series of paintings by the Newcastle based guitarist and singer Richard Dawson is on display at The Triangle in Shipley this summer. The collection features a series of collages inspired by the decor of the house which Dawson shared with Ben Jones and Sarah Sullivan of the noise improv trio Jazzfingers. According to The Harmonics Room label (which will be printing a series of postcards to go with the exhibition) the house is "probably one of the most decorated houses in Newcastle. […] Staring at the mind-bending imagery that adorns every inch of the house walls and observing the progression of Ben and Sarah's improvised collaborative pastelworks helped inspire Dawson to create his own visual work.”

The exhibition runs until 11 September at The Triangle in Shipley, Bradford. More information, including how you can order the postcard set, can be found here.

Richard Dawson appeared on the front cover of The Wire 369, published in November 2014.

Negativland's Don Joyce has died

Photo: Derk Richardson

Negativland member and radio DJ Don Joyce died from heart failure on 22 July. He was 71 years old. Joyce, who worked with the freeform collagists for 34 years, is credited with coining the term ‘culture jamming’.

Born in Keene, New Hampshire, Joyce moved to Oakland, North Carolina in the late 1960s. In 1981 he founded the Thursday night radio show Over The Edge on KPFA FM, which ran for 34 years. It was there where he met the late Ian Allen (the former Negativland member who died in January this year). Since joining the group, Joyce worked on nearly 30 Negativland albums, two books and three DVDs. He stopped touring with the group in 2010 but continued working on other projects with them.

According to the Negativland website, every show of Over The Edge, totalling 5000 plus hours of air time, is currently being archived, with a view to making it available in late 2015.

Container, FCKN BSTRDS and Spectres take over a Bristol industrial storage unit for three nights of sonic extremity

Taking place in a 15000 sq ft industrial storage unit, The RESTRoom event will offer short bursts of what its organisers describe as “sonic extremity” from Container, FCKN BSTRDS and Spectres.

Performances will run for one hour only, with FCKN BSTRDS presenting a piece made especially for the night. Various rules include: no guestlist, no bar, no BYOB, no restroom, no live sound after 10pm. The RESTRoom runs from 10–12 September at 4W24, Bristol. Tickets can be found here.

The Outer Church Vs Blue Tapes special + Supernormal update

Photo: Al. Farese

Following a 12 month hiatus, Wire contributor Joseph Stannard brings The Outer Church back with a special edition in association with the Blue Tapes label. Taking place on 5 August at the East London venue Power Lunches, the night will feature Blue Tapes artists Father Murphy, Benjamin Finger, Map 71, Leedian plus XXJFG DJs.

Blue Tapes will also be appearing at Supernormal festival, with Japanese artist Cherry aka Teruyuki Kurihara performing his new project Check!!!, and Hitoshi Asaumi aka Leedian playing alongside other Blue Tape regulars at the outdoor festival in Brazier Park, Oxfordshire, happening between 7–9 August. To mark this pilgrimage to the UK undertaken by its international roster, Blue Tapes will reissue previous releases by Cherry and Leedian as a limited edition split cassette, available at Supernormal and via the Blue Tapes shop.

CTM 2016: New Geographies

New Geographies will be the theme of CTM 2016. It will aim to explore the relationship between local and global practices, regional identities, virtual spaces and the role these extended geographies play in contemporary music.

Now in its 17th year, CTM 2016 will be co-curated by the Lebanese born musician and founder of Morphine Records, Rabih Beaini aka Morphosis. The first wave of musicians and artists will be announced this October.

In the meantime CTM 2016 has put out two calls for works: Radio Lab is requesting submissions for pieces that explore hybrid radio formats; and the European Network For Contemporary Audiovisual Creation is looking for applicants for audiovisual residencies.

CTM 2016 will run from 29 January—7 February next year. More information can be found here.

John Russell announces line up for Fete Quaqua festival

Guitarist John Russell has announced the line-up for this year’s Fete Quaqua festival. The three day festival is part of Mopomoso, a UK based free improvisation series founded by Russell more than 23 years ago. Over its duration, 14 musicians will appear in different combinations at each concert. They include Chris Burns, Max Eastley, Satoko Fukuda, Audrey Lauro, Hannah Marshall, Ståle Liavik Solberg, Mia Zabelka, and more.

Fete Quaqua 2015 will take place between 16–18 August at Vortex Jazz, London. More information can be found here.

Takehisa Kosugi solo exhibition at Ikon gallery

A solo exhibition of works by Japanese composer and artist Takehisa Kosugi is happening at Ikon gallery in Birmingham, UK. Called Spacings, it features three sound installations, one of them made especially for Ikon. A composer, improvisor and violinist, Kosugi has been a key figure in the Japanese avant garde scene since the late 1950s. He formed Japan’s first improv collective Ongaku in 1958, and in the early 1970s he led Taj Mahal Travelers. He has since collaborated with Fluxus, John Cage and Sonic Youth, among others, as well as acting as composer for the Merce Cunningham Dance Company.

The Spacings works include Mano-dharma, Electronic (1967), in which Kosugi draws sounds from inaudible waves, and Interspersion For Light And Sound (2000), which investigates accidental encounters and invisible sound sources.

Spacings is at Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK, until 27 September. More information can be found here.

Brighton Alternative Jazz Festival looks for funding

The first edition in Brighton's Alternative Jazz Festival, conceived by The Wire contributor, jazz critic and broadcaster Daniel Spicer, has started a fund raising campaign. The festival needs to raise £3000 in order to be eligible to apply for Arts Council funding. At the time of writing, the campaign has raised 94 percent of its target, with eight days to go.

Brighton Alternative Jazz Festival will run on 11–12 September in Brighton, UK. More information can be found on their website.

Dieter Moebius has died

Krautrock pioneer and hero of many, Dieter Moebius has died age 71. As a founding member of Cluster and Harmonia, he was a pioneer of electronic music, paving the way for ambient music, and was a central krautrock figure, who was key to the genre’s development and influence.

The Swiss born musician met Hans-Joachim Roedelius at Berlin’ Zodiak Free Arts Lab, where they formed Kluster, along with Conrad Schnitzler. Schnitzler left soon after, and Roedelius and Moebius switched their name to Cluster.

In 1973 Michael Rother quit Neu! and joined Moebius and Roedelius in rural Germany, forming Harmonia, with the aim of creating an accessible, pop friendly form of experimental music, described by Biba Kopf in this magazine in 1999 as “representing a curious reconciliation of a need for stillness and contemplation with motorik’s incurable itch.”

Cluster and Moebius collaborated with many, frequently with Conny Plank both as Cluster and as a solo musician, and also with Eno (on Cluster & Eno, and After The Heat, with Moebius also appearing on Eno’s Before And After Science).

Cluster disbanded in the early 1980s, with both members pursuing solo careers, but the duo reformed in the 1990s and touring widely.