Lisbon’s Jazz Em Agosto festival has announced the first names for its 2014 edition due to take place in August. Guitars are to the fore, as the line up includes James Blood Ulmer’s Memphis Blood Band with guest guitarist and former Black Rock Coalition member Vernon Reid, while Big Rain will feature Keiji Haino in a supergroup that also includes former Ornette Coleman and Blood Ulmer collaborator bassist Jamaaladeen Tacuma, drummer Hamid Drake and trumpeter Franz Hautzinger. Elsewhere on the bill, Marc Ribot will front his improv power trio Ceramic Dog, while Fred Frith will appear in three groups: as a member of Massacre, with Bill Laswell and Charles Hayward; in a new improvising trio with bassist Joëlle Léandre and Hamid Drake again; and in The MMM Quartet, with Léandre, Alvin Curran and Urs Leimgruber.
The festival will also include a programme of films, all with an experimental music component, including The Breath Courses Through Us, Alan Roth’s recent documentary on The New York Art Quartet; BasseContinue, Christine Baudillon’s 2008 portrait of Joëlle Léandre; and Step Across The Border, Nicolas Humbert and Werner Penzel’s acclaimed experimental 1990 documentary on Fred Frith.
Meanwhile, Portugal’s Clean Feed label is about to issue a recording made at Jazz Em Agosto’s 2013 edition by Pharoah & The Underground, which pairs saxophonist Pharoah Sanders with a group configured by trumpeter Rob Mazurek from the memberships of his Sao Paulo Underground and Chicago Underground units. The album will be issued on both CD and vinyl and follows earlier Clean Feed releases of Jazz Em Agosto performances by Julius Hemphill, Otomo Yoshihide’s New Jazz Quintet and The Peter Evans Quartet among others.
Jazz Em Agosto takes place in Lisbon between 1–10 August.