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Alfred Panou & Art Ensemble Of Chicago’s Je Suis Un Sauvage/Le Moral Necessaire reissued

The Souffle Continu 7" was originally released by Saravah in 1969

French label Souffle Continu have reissued “Je Suis Un Sauvage”/“Le Moral Necessaire” – a 7" single documenting a rare 1969 meeting between French actor Alfred Panou and The Art Ensemble Of Chicago. 50 year old copies on Saravah now command high prices on the collectors market.

The encounter happened when Panou met Saravah label founder Pierre Barouh in a bar. Barouh took him on a tour of the studio where The Art Ensemble Of Chicago were recording. Panou immediately joined in with a spontaneous improvisation of his own texts on black identity.

The limited edition reissue is sleeved inside a reproduction of the original single’s artwork.

My Cat Is An Alien launch new record label and multimedia platform Antigravitational

The Opalio brothers’ new phase focuses on “Aliencentric” vision

Maurizio and Roberto Opalio’s duo My Cat Is An Alien mark their third decade of sonic activity with the launch of a new record label and multimedia platform. Called Antigravitational, they set it up with gallerist and publisher Marco Contini. “The imprint focuses on MCIAA's ‘aliencentric’, iconoclastic vision, privileging limited vinyl editions whose peculiar, serial design features proper art books mounted on the LP jackets,” say the brothers. New releases will also feature QR codes providing further digital contents for a “deeply immersive experience”. To commemorate the moment, Thurston Moore has written a special poem titled Spiritual Noise, which begins: “Art is.../...nothing.../if not vision”.

The label’s first release is Spiritual Noise_Vol 1. That will be followed by a release featuring Lee Ranaldo and Jean-Marc Montera and a box sex of live recordings captured at Xavier Veilhan's Studio Venezia during the opening of Venice Biennale 2017.

AACM Great Black Music Ensemble pay tribute to vocalist Saalik Ziyad

Conducted by Ernest Dawkins, AACM’s new live recording features Ben LaMar Gay, the late Saalik Ziyad, and others

A new live recording of AACM Great Black Music Ensemble at the Currency Exchange Cafe on 7 January 2018 has been released by the association’s label. The set pays tribute to vocalist Saalik Ziyad, who died on 12 February, aged 40. On the night the recording was made, Ziyad contributed keys, effects and vocals. “This recording is now a tribute to the life of featured vocalist Saalik Ziyad, who unexpectedly left this earth this year,” says Kevin Johnson, formerly of Chicago's Delmark Records. “Devastatingly sad news, but the beautiful and powerful music lives on.”

Led by Ernest Dawkins, AACM’s line-up features Maggie Brown, Taalib-Din Ziyad, Art Turk Burton, Micah Collier, Jeremiah Collier, Jerome Croswell, Ben LaMar Gay, Ed House and Adam Zanolini.

The group currently perform from 5–7pm on the first Sunday of each month at Chicago’s Stony Island Arts Bank.

Live At The Currency Exchange Cafe Volume 1 is out now.

A L’ARME! VII festival claims an anarchic approach to noise and drone

The Berlin avant garde jazz & experimental music event runs from 31 July–3 August

“The A L’ARME! Festival can be defined in myriad ways,” declare its organisers, “and is constantly reinventing itself. The festival takes terms like ‘alarm’ and ‘avant garde’, which are shaped by their military origins, and rewrites them with an anarchic approach to noise and drone and a line-up that is as eclectic as it is exceptional.”

Opening at the end of July, the seventh iteration of the Berlin based experimental music festival will take place at Radialsystem and Säälchen at Holzmarkt. The line-up features Greg Fox, Will Brooks, Mats Gustafsson, Hans Joachim, Rieko Okuda & Hanna Schörken, Super Jazz Sandwich aka Florian Walter, Simon Camatta and Flavio Zanuttini, Els Vandeweyer, DJ Illvibe, Hamid Drake, Matana Roberts, the trio of Jan Jelinek, Hanno Leichtmann & Andrew Pekler, Irreversible Entanglements featuring Camae Ayewa, Keir Neuringer, Aquiles Navarro, Luke Stewart and Tcheser Holmes, and Talibam Ensemble.

Full listings and ticket information can be found on their website.

Important new releases by Harry Bertoia and Jacob Kirkegaard

The two sound artists each explore different approaches to working with metal

In June Important Records will release three new albums with a common theme: metal. One is a reissue from the late Harry Bertoia, and the other two feature new recordings by Jacob Kirkegaard. “Using two completely different approaches to working with metal these two artists, a generation apart, create deep, singular works with metal sheets and rods,” says the label.

Cut straight from the original master tapes, Bertoia’s LP Experimental I/Mechanical I features the two tracks “Experimental I” and “Mechanical I”, while the CD version also includes the bonus track “Long Sounds”. The Bertoia release follows the resurrection of his Sonambient label by Important. “When the first new LP was released in 2016 we were only in possession of 1/20th of the archive,” states the label’s press release. “Now, in 2019, we're excited to release the first LP of new material from the full archive and we present it to increase understanding of what Bertoia was doing in his sound-barn deep in the Pennsylvania woods.”

Regarding Kirkegaard’s two new albums, Black Metal Square is released in an edition of 100 copies and its sounds are made from three free hanging black metal plates, while on Phonurgia Metallis you can hear the sounds of free hanging iron, copper and brass plates. The latter is pressed in a limited edition of 300 copies.

Elaine Mitchener and friends present The Jeanne Lee Project

Elaine Mitchener performs alongside Jason Yarde, Anton Lukoszevieze, Alexander Hawkins, Mark Sanders and Neil Charles

On 14 June the Venus UnWrapped series at London’s Kings Place will present an evening celebrating African-American vocalist, sound poet, composer and educator Jeanne Lee (1939–2000). Throughout her career Lee worked and collaborated with a host of artists including Anthony Braxton, Marion Brown, Archie Shepp, Pauline Oliveros and John Cage. For this celebration Elaine Mitchener will be joined by Jason Yarde, Anton Lukoszevieze, Alexander Hawkins, Mark Sanders and Neil Charles to present a programme inspired by a range of Lee's work from avant garde sound poetry, experimental interpretations of jazz standards and Fluxus.

Tickets are available now for £16.50.

Le Guess Who? announces first 87 acts for 2019

The festival includes programmes curated by Jenny Hval, The Bug, Patrick Higgins, Moon Duo, Fatoumata Diawara and Iris van Herpen & Salvador Breed

This year’s Le Guess Who? festival will take place between 7–10 November in the Netherlands city of Utrecht. The first batch of participating artists already announced includes a rare performance from singer and actor Asha Puthli who, among other things, was vocalist on Ornette Coleman’s 1972 album Science Fiction. Other rare appearances include khayál master Ustad Saami and Ethio-groove performer Ayalew Mesfin with The Debo Band.

As usual Le Guess Who? has selected a number of artists to curate some of its festival programmes: Jenny Hval, The Bug, Patrick Higgins, Moon Duo, Fatoumata Diawara and Iris van Herpen & Salvador Breed.

Other artists confirmed include: Bbymutha, Bridget Hayden, Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids, Michele Mercure, Träd, Gräs och Stenar (Träden), Caspar Brötzmann Massaker, Earth, Godflesh, Jah Shaka Sound System, Mala, King Midas Sound, Felicia Atkinson, Lasse Marhaug, Lolina, Richard Youngs, Sarah Davachi, Sofia Jernberg, Stine Janvin, Tyondai Braxton, Acid Mothers Temple, Angel Bat Dawid, Eiko Ishibashi, Khana Bierbood, Makaya McCraven, Negativland, The Raincoats, and more.

Day tickets are on sale now from €43. In cooperation with The Dutch Council for Refugees’ Grant an Entry initiative, Le Guess Who? gives visitors the option to buy an additional day ticket for a refugee living in The Netherlands.

Support pours in for Pauline Anna Strom

A fundraising page has been launched following Strom’s fall at her San Francisco home

RVNG Intl and friends are raising money for US electronic music composer Pauline Anna Strom following a fall in her apartment in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco in which she fractured her hip. Strom has already had surgery and spent a month at Jewish Home & Rehab Center, all of which was covered by insurance. She is said to be recovering well and has returned home. however she now needs financial help to get the continued support needed. Full details can be found on the GoFundMe page.

In 2017 RVNG Intl released Strom's Trans-Millenia Music, a collection of sound explorations recorded in the 1980s in the apartment where she still lives. She had apparently recorded some new music prior to her fall, which the label hopes to release via Bandcamp to help raise funds.

The money raised to date is $7500.

John Zorn attempts to recoup losses from Pledge Music bankruptcy

A series of limited edition releases hopes to recover costs from the 11 CD box set

Last year John Zorn released the mammoth 11 album box set project The Book Beriah. The collection houses a total of 92 compositions in the form of interpretations of music written by Zorn and marks the completion of 25-year project the Masada songbook.

Although released on Zorn's label Tzadik, a crowdfunding campaign hosted by Pledge Music to help fund the project now faces huge losses in light of Pledge Music's bankruptcy earlier this month.

“The Book Beriah 11 CD box set was a labor of love, three years in the making, and we put a huge amount of Tzadik funding into making it happen” says Zorn. “Sadly our distribution platform PLEDGE MUSIC ripped us (and hundreds of other artists) off and we will NOT be paid a single penny from their sales.”

To help offset the loss the label has initiated a limited edition vinyl series. “Please help us by purchasing the collection”, he says. “Thanks to you all for your continued support!”

Releases chosen for reissue were selected by Zorn, signed by Zorn and include original artwork. Included is Masada The Best Of Sanhedrin, Nove Cantici Per Francesco D’Assisi, The Last Judgement and Alhambra Love Songs.

NPR reports that Zorn lost a total of $197,559.

Founder of Chineke! lectures on diversity in orchestras

Chi-chi Nwanoku OBE’s upcoming talk Changing Perceptions: A Glimpse Of Tomorrow’s Orchestras takes place on 28 May at City, University of London

City, University of London’s Department of Music will host a talk featuring double bassist and chamber musician Chi-chi Nwanoku in conversation with Head of Music Professor Laudan Nooshin about diversity in music within academia and professional music making.

Both musician and educator, Nwanoku is the founder of the Chineke! Foundation that was launched in 2015 in support of black and minority ethnic classical musicians working in the UK and Europe. The following year saw the launch of its parallel orchestra, The Chineke! Orchestra and sister ensemble The Chineke! Junior Orchestra, a youth orchestra of black and minority ethnic (BME) players aged between 11–18. Senior players also act as mentors and teachers to the younger musicians.

“My aim is to create a space where BME musicians can walk on stage and know that they belong, in every sense of the word,” says Nwanoku. “If even one BME child feels that their colour is getting in the way of their musical ambitions, then I hope to inspire them, give them a platform, and show them that music, of whatever kind, is for all people.”

Chineke!, conducted by Wayne Marshall, made their debut performance at London’s Southbank Centre in September 2015. And earlier this year Chineke! Orchestra performed with Carl Craig at London Royal Albert Hall.

Changing Perceptions: A Glimpse Of Tomorrow’s Orchestras talk will take place on 28 May.