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Wire Mix: Ain Bailey

January 2019

London composer, sound artist and DJ extends her sonic autobiography with a new mix

Ain Bailey recently undertook a month long residency at London's ICA. During her time there, the sound artist organised a series of events she called Congregation; a club night, a performance, and a sonic round table. Each event focused on a different approach to sharing music in a group, and explored the relationships between individual and collective listening. Here, Bailey shares a selection of her tracks from the jazz and experimental ends of her personal collection, including South London based performance artist Foxy Moron, vocal and movement artist Elaine Mitchener and singer-songwriter Zara MacFarlane.

“This mix is a reflection of my enduring love and appreciation for jazz” says Bailey. “From when I started listening to the genre 30 years ago, to the present with vital and explosive sounds being produced by a new generation of jazz heads. I also wanted to showcase artists working at various points across the experimental spectrum. Therefore, as is reflected in my eclectic DJing style, I couldn’t quite bring myself to make a wholly jazz compilation. Within both the jazz and experimental spectrums, I wanted to lend a particular focus on great female musicians. Enjoy!”


Foxy Moron “Ode To Summer Madness”
Laurie Spiegel “Drums”
Charles-Mitchener “Charles-Mitchener Improvisation 2 For BBC R3 Open Ear”
Graham Dunning “Shadowy Figure”
Planet Battagon “Moon of Dysnomia”
Collocutor “Gozo”
Zara MacFarlane “Angie La La” (featuring Leron Thomas)
Billy Harper “Calvary”
Joe Henderson “Y Todavia La Quiero”
Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers “Sakeena”

Ain Bailey was interviewed by Frances Morgan in The Wire 420. Subscribers can access the full article via the online archive.

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