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Issue 386

April 2016

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Cecil Taylor: Free music’s most uncompromising piano great shares words of wisdom with Phil Freeman on the eve of his residency and exhibition at New York Whitney Museum.

Mike Cooper: The colourfully shirted and widely travelled UK guitarist, whose work spans exotica, blues and ambient, explains his wanderlust to Clive Bell

J Dilla Primer: The reputation of beatmaker/rapper James Dewitt Yancey has shown no sign of diminishing in the ten years since his death. Jordan Ferguson presents a user’s guide to his ever-expanding catalogue

Eartheater: The cyborgian ecstasies of Guardian Alien’s Alexandra Drewchin unite the animal with the mechanical. By Chal Ravens

Bites:
Linafornia: The battle-winning Los Angeles beat scientist gets old spool. By Daisy Hyde
Beep: Film maker Karen Collins tracks the history of video game sounds. By Sara Drake
Hanna Silva: The Birmingham artist breaks language open from the inside. By Julian Cowley
Signor Benedick The Moor: Epically inclined DIY maverick exceeds to succeed. By Joseph Stannard

Global Ear: In the tiny village of Pigna, a family of musicians and artists kickstarted a Corsican cultural revival through its makeovers of traditional song. By Alessandro Michelucci

Invisible Jukebox: Glasgow’s Golden Teacher learn a lesson or two from Stewart Smith
The Inner Sleeve: Susanna on Tod Dockstader’s Eight Electronic Pieces
Epiphanies: Tresor founder Dimitri Hegemann recalls Berlin’s techno revolution as the underground institution celebrates its 25th anniversary

On Screen: Paul Marchand & Stephen Kijak’s Jaco: The Film
Print Run: Norient’s global perspectives on new music, Jonny Trunk’s library favourites, Scandinavian jazz, Tiny Tim, and more
On Site: Charlemagne Palestine in the Netherlands, Matt Copson in London
On Location: L’Ocelle Mare, Sonica 2016, This Is Not This Heat, Jerusalem In My Heart, Actress with The London Contemporary Orchestra, and more

Soundcheck:

Louise Gray on PJ Harvey, Tristan Bath on Chicago label Hausu Mountain, Simon Reynolds on Kanye West, Rob Young on Bitchin Bajas & Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Peter Shapiro on Larry Levan.

Plus: Anenon, Babyfather, Bang! Bros, The Body, The Body & Full Of Hell, Boreal Network, Boris with Merzbow, Gonçalo F Cardoso & Ruben Pater, Clark, Dalhous, eMMplekz, Mats Erlandsson, Future, Freddie Gibbs, Gnod, Golden Teacher, Händer Som Vårdar, Davey Harms, Tim Hecker, The Heliocentrics, Tim Hodgkinson, Horse Lords, Immix Ensemble & Vessel, Ital Tek, C Joynes & Nick Jonah Davis, Kerridge, Konono No 1, Kowton, Lamont, Thomas Lehn/Richard Scott/Axel Dörner, Linus + Økland/Van Heertum, Daze Maxim, Memotone, Not Waving, Pharoah Chromium, Francis Plagne, Iggy Pop/Tarwater/Alva Noto, Radiator Greys, Colin Stetson, Susanna, Lloyd Swanton, Trembling Bells, Wormed, Miki Yui

The Columns by Joseph Stannard, Joe Muggs, Steve Barker, Kek-W, Francis Gooding, Jack Law, Daniel Spicer, Jim Haynes

Size Matters by Byron Coley

The Boomerang: Craw, Herbie Mann, Chris Marker , Chris McGregor & The Castle Lager Big Band, Mood II Swing, Blind Alfred Reed, The Third Eye Foundation, Träd, Gräs Och Stenar