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Diamanda Galás announces two new albums

The vocalist and composer readies her first new material since 2008's Guilty, Guilty, Guilty

Diamanda Galás has announced the release of two new albums on 24 March. All The Way will feature reworks of jazz and traditional compositions including BB King's “The Thrill Is Gone“ and a solo piano interpretation of Thelonious Monk’s “Round Midnight” while In Concert At Saint Thomas The Apostle Harlem is a live album taken from her 2016 church performance at the Red Bull Music Academy Festival in New York – a performance that consisted of Galás performing a collection of death songs in Italian, German, French and Greek. The recording also features poems by Cesare Pavese and Ferdinand Freiligrath, and renditions of Jacques Brel’s “Fernand” and “Amsterdam”, and Albert Ayler’s “Angels”.

Listen to “All The Way” and “O Death” from All The Way:

In recent years Galás has been working throughout Europe on projects such as the performance piece Das Fieberspital. She collaborated with filmmaker Davide Pepe on the film work Schrei 27 in 2010 and headlined Rituals For The Blind Dead at Roadburn 2016.

All The Way and In Concert At Saint Thomas The Apostle Harlem will be released 24 March on Galás’s label Intravenal Sound Operations. Pre-orders are available now.

Sound And Music announce new residency opportunities

This winter's open call for composers and curators launched

Sound And Music have announced their latest initiative for contemporary composers. Claiming it to be their response to feedback from artists who say they desire to “shake up the UK's touring industry”, SAM have launched what they call Composer-Curator, which they describe as “a space for artists to take risks and to curate, organise and run their own grassroots event series”. The scheme is looking for UK based composers to curate and produce a performance series, festival or tour.

In other opportunity news, the new music organisation has teamed up with London Graduate Orchestra to offer two composers the chance to develop new works for them. More details can be found via Sound And Music's website.

Off The Page Bergen to feature Stephen O'Malley, Maia Urstad and more

The Norwegian arm of The Wire's Off The Page literary festival opens this month

Off The Page Bergen marks a new start for the Norwegian version of The Wire's music festival without music. It previously took place in Norway’s capital Oslo, but this time it will happen at Landmark Bergen Kunstall on 27–28 January.

Held in partnership with nyMusikk, the event focuses on ideas on and around music itself, featuring a range of musicians and critics. The line-up include Rob Young discussing sleeve art as a form of theatre, Maia Urstad presenting Elegy To FM, Thora Dolven Balke delivering a radiophonic lecture, Eivind Buene in conversation with actor and musician Anders Danielsen Lie, Sarah Angliss on visceral music, and Stephen O’Malley will present some musical epiphanies. Also on the agenda is a series of film screenings, including Tony Conrad: Completely In The Present, Aura Satz's Little Doorways To Paths Not Yet Taken, a short film about the art of Foley, and documentaries about Robert Wyatt and Cambodian rock. The Wire and nyMusikk will be on the decks, and a music market will feature vinyl, cassettes, fanzines, comics, books, posters from Robotbutikken, Drid Machine, Tedragen, Bergen Zines, Maksimal, Hordaland Kunstsenter and others.

Off The Page Bergen 2017 will take place at Landmark Bergen Kunstall on 27–28 January. Tickets are on sale now.

Matana Roberts and more contribute to Trump protest album

Over 40 artists collaborate in resistance to the inauguration

Kara Feely and Travis Just of Brooklyn performance group Object Collection have marshalled over 40 artists across "multiple disciplines and practices" for a compilation protesting the inauguration of Donald Trump, President-elect of The United States of America, on 20 January.

Notes From Sub-Underground features contributions from Matana Roberts, Michael Pisaro, Bob Bellerue, Lea Bertucci, String Noise, Mallory Catlett/Black-Eyed Susan, Bill Dietz, Dither Guitar Quartet, Shayna Dunkelman, Jim Findlay, Richard Foreman, Nick Hallett, Brian Harnetty, James Ilgenfritz, Bonnie Jones, Catherine Lamb, Zach Layton, Paula Matthusen, Phill Niblock, Object Collection and more.

The compilation, which is funded via contributions to its Indiegogo page, will be available as a digital download in FLAC and MP3 formats to anyone who contributes any amount. Download links will be emailed to contributors on 20 January. 100 per cent of the proceeds raised from the sale of the album will be donated to the American Civil Liberties Union.

"Obviously this is not a substitute for direct political action," explain Feely and Just. "But as purveyors of experimental performance/music/theater/art, producing work is something we are good at. Subterranean networks are the lifeblood of our practice. It is a corollary for political activity. We flex these muscles now, to strengthen the ties across our communities.

"This compilation features only American artists," they add. "Obviously we are aware that this event in American politics impacts the entire world, quite possibly in terrible disproportion. And we want borders to be erased. Nonetheless, it seems best to us, for the purposes of this compilation, to focus it thus."

Laura Cannell starts new event series

The fiddler and recorder player to host Modern Ritual nights at London's Cafe Oto

The Norfolk overbow fiddle and double recorder player Laura Cannell is to start a new series of events at London's Cafe Oto in March. Called [Modern Ritual], the night's description runs in line with Cannell's old-meets-new folkloric storytelling. It’ll be, in her words, a “night of new performances exploring ideas of ritual through music and words, evoking real and fictional landscapes”.

The first session, happening on 17 March, will feature a 30 minute snare drum roll from Charles Hayward, Cannell performing works from her new album Simultaneous Flight Movement, electronic improvisation from Hoofus, and a new collaboration between Cannell and Hayward. In addition, [Modern Ritual] will include a new performance-cum-talk by The Wire's foghorn scholar Jennifer Lucy Allan. Called Foulis’s Daughter: A Short History Of The Foghorn In 30 Interrupted Acts, her piece traces a rhythmic history of the foghorn at the edges of the Atlantic. There will also be a reading from The Quietus's Luke Turner.

“[Modern Ritual] is ancient, modern, experimental, real, fictional, personal, folkloric,” says Cannell, expanding on her theme via email. “It explores human and mechanical rituals, failure of ritual, through live improvisation and provides a platform to premier new works.”

The first [Modern Ritual] night will take place on 17 March at London's Cafe Oto.

Fundraiser set up in support of Mark Fisher’s family

Hyperdub, Repeater Books, University of East London and other friends of the late writer and critic have set up a fund in support of his wife and son

A memorial fund has been set up in the the wake of Mark Fisher's death on 13 January. The writer, theorist, critic and teacher also known for his long-running K-Punk blog left behind his wife Zoë and young son George.

“We – Mark’s friends, comrades, and Goldsmiths and Repeater colleagues – have set up this collection to raise money for them,” explains the You Caring site, “in the hope that it will allow them space to grieve and come to terms with their loss, and reduce the number of things they have to deal with at this devastating time.

“There will of course be memorials, events and tributes to Mark to come,” the post continues, “but for now this is the best way people can honour his memory and help his family.”

You can donate to the fund via

William Onyeabor has died

The Nigerian musician rediscovered by Luaka Bop’s Who Is William Onyeabor? compilation has died aged 70

William Ezechukwu Onyeabor has died, Luaka Bop has announced on Facebook. “It is with incredibly heavy hearts that we have to announce that the great Nigerian business leader and mythic music pioneer William Onyeabor has passed away at the age of 70,” states the label. “He died peacefully in his sleep following a brief illness, at his home in Enugu, Nigeria.

“For people in his hometown of Enugu, Nigeria,” its Facebook post continues, “Mr Onyeabor was simply referred to as ‘The Chief’. He was known for having created many opportunities for the people in his community.”

Onyeabor was born on 26 March1946. He recorded and released nine albums between 1977–85 at Wilfilms Limited, his own pressing plant in Enugu, southeast Nigeria. The plant is also noted for pressing Livy Ekemezie’s 1983 funk set Friday Night, as well as for housing its own Wilfilms label. As a musician and businessman, Onyeabor travelled the world to study record manufacturing set-ups. However he also worked in many other fields – for example, he received the West African Industrialist Of The Year award for opening a flour and food processing business, among other ventures. He was also president of Enugu's Musician's Union, and chairman of the city's local football team Enugu Rangers.

That Onyeabor was an elusive character led to many speculations as to what he had done throughout his career. He stopped making music when he became a Born Again Christian, and for many years he refused any interview requests that came his way. In 2013 Luaka Bop released the well-received Who Is William Onyeabor? anthology compiled by musicologist and researcher Uchenna Ikonne. Julian Cowley described that release as a “mildly eccentric blend of synthesized soul and low-slung funk”, and as clearing up any questions as to who Onyeabor actually was. That album was followed by the film documentary Fantastic Man (named after a track on his 1979 album Tomorrow) and a tour of live shows that featured over 50 guests.

You can hear “When The Going Is Smooth And Good” from Anything You Sow (1985), which Luaka Bop noted as one of Onyeabor's most successful songs.

William Onyeabor is survived by his wife, children and four grandchildren.

CTM festival kicks off this month

The 18th edition starts 27 January with the special theme Fear Anger Love

Berlin's CTM festival kicks off at the end of January. Taking place at HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Berghain, Yaam, and the Kunstquartier Bethanien, the 10 day event features a mass of artists and is set to focus on this year's theme Fear Anger Love.

Artists on the line up include Genesis Breyer P-Orridge with Aaron Dilloway, Actress, Baris K, DJ Stingray, Tanya Tagaq, Bass Gang featuring Minoto, Ostblokkk, Gofi, J.Cloud, Tuan:Ahn, DEBONAIR, Dragoș Rusu, Elysia Crampton, King Britt, The Bug vs Dylan Carlson, Stara Rzeka, Bjørn Torske, Endgame, Miss Red, Mr Mitch, Jenny Hval feat Skrap, Peggy Gou, Pharmakon, Yally aka Raime, and many others.

There will also be a focus on Mexico with the exhibition Critical Constellations of the Audio-Machine in Mexico, created in collaboration with researcher and curator Carlos Prieto Acevedo which traces the history of electronic music and sound art in the country. As well as this, a large scale installation by Kurt Hentschläger titled SOL will happen in the Halle am Berghain, Alan Warburton will exhibit an installation called Primitives, and there will be a series of talks, panels, workshops and films, including Moor Mother in conversation with Deputy Editor Emily Bick.

CTM will run 27 January – 5 February 2017 at Berlin various.

Little Annie publishes her first art book

Timeless publishes Meditation In Chaos, featuring an introduction by Penny Rimbaud

Toulouse imprint Timeless has published Little Annie’s first book of paintings and photos. Called Meditation In Chaos, it includes an introduction by Crass’s Penny Rimbaud alongside several portraits of Annie herself. It’s available in hardback and three limited sub editions packaged in a ribboned folder

In other Little Annie news, the artist’s first LP Soul Possession has been reissued by Dais Records and she's also embarking on Swans’ European tour in March with her longtime collaborator Paul Walfisch, with whom she worked on her 2015 album Trace (Tin Angel).

Children Of Alice debut album released in February

Warp to release the first full length from Broadcast member James Cargill’s new project

Children Of Alice will release their first album on Warp in February. Fronted by Broadcast's James Cargill, the group formed in 2013 as a tribute to Cargill's partner and fellow Broadcast member Trish Keenan, who cited Alice In Wonderland – in particular Jonathan Miller’s 1960s adaptation – as an inspiration.

As well as Cargill. the trio consists of former Broadcast keyboards player Roj Stevens and Julian House, co-founder of Ghost Box Records. Their debut follows “Harbinger Of Spring”, the Children Of Alice side of a 2013 split cassette shared with Mary Arches called Ornithology, the fifth volume in the Devon Folklore Tapes series released by Folklore Tapes.

That track is included on Children Of Alice’s self-titled album, which brings together their entire recorded output to date. Its release date is 24 February.