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The Fringe Music Magazine

Issue 410

April 2018

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Inside this issue:

Mary Halvorson: A new album of vocal-led compositions presents the innovative US jazz guitarist, composer and bandleader with a fresh set of challenges. By Phil Freeman.

Eva-Maria Houben: The German composer, organist, writer and Wandelweiser associate draws on such diverse sources of inspiration as painting, sculpture and synesthesia to create works of profound meditative beauty. By Robert Barry.

Pirate radio DJ sets Primer: A user’s guide to some of the most influential unofficial transmissions to ever hit the UK airwaves, from house and garage to rave and beyond.


Coby Sey: New work from the London based producer homages the Docklands Light Railway. By Rob Turner

Tai Shani: Fantasy and history meld in the London artist’s post-gender utopia. By Tessa Norton

Chaos Echoes: The French trio nudge metal into new rhythmic territories. By Phil Freeman

Akiko Kiyama: The Tokyo based producer trades house and techno for abstract and expressive modes. By Lewis Gordon

Global Ear: Murmansk: Reporting from Russia’s biggest Arctic Circle city. By Nikita Velichko

Invisible Jukebox: Richard Youngs: The lo-fi polymath plays amplifying host to The Wire’s mystery record selection. Tested by Stewart Smith

The Inner Sleeve: Robert Beatty on Grand Royal magazine

Epiphanies: Emily Pothast catches a glimpse of the divine at the Church of Saint John Coltrane

On Screen: Jacqueline Caux’s Never Stop/The Cycles Of The Mental Machine, Jacques Goldstein’s Looking For Ornette

Print Run: improv rites, a Wu-Tang tale, 1970s jazz, hardcore punk, and more

On Site: Eddie Peake, Sue Tompkins + Tony Conrad

On Location: We Out Here, Damon & Naomi with Richard Youngs, Lydia Lunch & Weasel Walter, and more

Soundcheck: ADT, Among The Rocks And Roots, Asphalto, Andy Backhouse, Beautify Junkyards, Big Miz, Nat Birchall, Peter Blegvad, The Blow, Chris Carter, Eric Chenaux, Buck Curran, Die Wilde Jagd, Dis Fig, Delphine Dora, The Ex, Exek, Felt, Satoko Fujii, Go-Kart Mozart, Gridfailure, Hieroglyphic Being, Joseph Ibrahin, Jing, Jung An Tagen, Femi Kuti & Positive Force, Seun Kuti & Egypt 80, Langham Research Centre, Little Axe, Lost Girls, Alvin Lucier, The Maghreban, The Master Musicians Of Dyffryn Moor, MonoNeon, The Mover, Lauren Nagaryu Rubin & Stephen Flinn, Alva Noto, Ocean Wisdom, Evan Parker/Barry Guy/Paul Lytton, Colin Potter, Psychological Strategy Board, RAIC, Steve Reich, Akira Sakata & Chikamorachi with Masahiko Satoh, Schnellertollermeier, Susana Santos Silva, Slomo, Soft As Snow, Sons Of Kemet, Station 17, John Surman/Nelson Ayres/Rob Waring, DJ Taye, The Third Eye Foundation, Up High Collective, Vanessa Amara, XOR Gate, Yo La Tengo, Various Black Panther: The Album, Various False Positive Crew: Deathbomb Arc 20 Year Anniversary, Various Hound5tooth 5 Years, Various Sick Music 2018

The Boomerang: Robbie Basho, Anthony Braxton, Holger Czukay, The Eleventh House featuring Larry Coryell, Burnt Friedman, The Guerrilla Art Action Group, Jan Hammer, Ursula K Le Guin & Todd Barton, Omit, Rodion GA, Hiroshi Sato, Various Belgian Nuggets 90s–00s Vol 1, Various Colt 45: Underground Post Punk, Tropical Tapes, Lo-Fi Electronics And Other Sounds From Brazil (1983–1993), Various Tokyo Nights: Female J-Pop Boogie Funk 1981–1988