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Happened presents Taiwanese Experimental Music in London

Forthcoming at Cafe Oto, the artist-run collective curates a night showcasing four artists from Taiwan

This November London-based artist collective Happened will celebrate Taiwanese experimental music at London's Cafe Oto. Four artists will feature at the event, including Chiyou Ding on electronics, Alöis Yang with an audio visual piece, Yen-Tzu Chang performing homemade electronic instruments and Lucia H Chung with non-input feedback improvisation.

“This particular event comes about from my desire of bringing people’s attention to Taiwanese experimental and electronic music” explains organiser and performer Lucia H Chung. “When talking about experimental music in Asia, people firstly think of Japan, and then perhaps more recently China. Taiwanese experimental music seems to be neglected on the map and I would like to use this opportunity to introduce the UK audience to Taiwanese artists and their work.”

Cafe Oto's Project Space will also be host to sound installation Micro Loop Macro Cycle by Alöis Yang.

The event takes place on 4 November. More information can be found on Cafe Oto's website.

Liverpool's Bluecoat arts centre to host Captain Beefheart and Elaine Mitchener events

This November the once major transatlantic port premieres Mitchener’s Sweet Tooth

Liverpool’s Bluecoat centre for contemporary arts will present the premiere of Elaine Mitchener’s Sweet Tooth on 23 November. The 50 minute piece is the result of five years’ research interrogating the historical links between the sugar industry and the transatlantic slave trade, and brings together text, improvisation and movement.

Also coming up at Bluecoat is a Captain Beefheart weekend running from 9–13 November. Curated by Kyle Percy, in collaboration with Chris McCabe and Bryan Biggs, the programme features music, poetry, a symposium, a walking tour, a fanzine, an archival display and a student exhibition involving artists, experts and fans.

Dean Blunt and Mica Levi collaborate on new opera

Hyperdub announces upcoming opera by Dean Blunt and Mika Levi

Dean Blunt and Mika Levi have been working on an opera. Not much is known about the piece at this stage except that it is called Inna and was written and directed by Blunt with music by Levi, who recently penned the score for Pablo Larraín's Jackie.

Earlier this year new Hyperdub signee Klein wrote a musical for the New Music Biennial, which was performed at the Southbank centre on 7 July.

Inna is scheduled for performance on 27 & 28 October. And you can watch this sound snippet via YouTube.

Circuit Des Yeux streams a preview of her forthcoming album in its entirety

Haley Fohr says her new album Reaching For Indigo should be listened to as a whole

One week before its official release date on 20 October, Haley Fohr aka Circuit Des Yeux or sometime alter ego Jackie Lynn is streaming her new album Reaching For Indigo via her website. For this release The Wire cover star (issue 390) has collaborated with a range of artists including Cooper Crain, Rob Frye, Whitney Johnson, Ryley Walker and Tyler Damon.

The concept behind the album is based on a “moment in time” on 22 January 2016. “It's an album to be listened to as a whole, with a message that conjures a complete experience not fully attainable through isolated songs,” declares her press release.

You can hear the album now via Haley Fohr’s website, and you can pre-order it via Drag City.

Ryoji Ikeda and Arthur Jafa works on show at Store Studios

Ikeda's test pattern [N°12] is exhibited alongside Jafa's video installation Love Is The Message, The Message Is Death and Jeremy Shaw’s 20-minute sci-fi pseudo-documentary Liminals

Japanese electronic composer and visual artist Ryoji Ikeda has bought his new site-specific installation to London’s Store Studios, following showings in New York’s Times Square and elsewhere around the world. Called test pattern [N˚12], it’s a continuation of Ikeda’s ongoing test pattern series which processes data from sound and imagery into binary code.

Also on show at Store Studios is Arthur Jafa’s Love Is The Message, The Message Is Death (2016). The installation follows Jafa's recent exhibition at Serpentine Galleries, A Series Of Utterly Improbable, Yet Extraordinary Renditions, which featured a listening session live stream of performances by Steve Coleman, Morgan Craft, Micah Gaugh, Melvin Gibbs, Jason Moran and Kokayi Carl Walker, the results of which were cut direct to disc and released by VF. For Love Is The Message, The Message Is Death, Jafa creates a vision of African-American identity through a selection of found footage and contemporary imagery, including photographs of civil rights leaders and aerial views of the Los Angeles riots, set to Kanye West’s “Ultralight Beam”.

Finally, Store is screening Jeremy Shaw’s 20 minute sci-fi pseudo-documentary Liminals, which follows a group of eight dancers as they act out ecstatic rituals, drawing parallels between spiritual gatherings and 1970s hedonistic rituals. A 10" record of Liminals’ soundtrack will be released at a later date.

Curated by Store X The Vinyl Factory, all three showings run until 10 December at Store Studios. Entry is free.

Lou Gare has died

The UK improv pioneer co-founded AMM in the mid-1960s

Aikido instructor and free improv saxophonist Lou Gare, who died on 6 October, was the co-founder of AMM with guitarist Keith Rowe and drummer Eddie Prévost. He played with the group up until their 1973 album To Hear And Back Again, and then not again until The Nameless Uncarved Block on Matchless in 1990.

During the 1970s Gare moved to Devon where he continued to make music solo and with local musicians such as pianist Sam Richards in Synchronicity, which also featured David Stanley and Sarah Frances. The group performed throughout the 1990s and early 2000s in the Southwest, and they also toured the Czech Republic. In 2005 Gare released a solo album, No String Attached, and in March 2011 he played a two day residency at London Cafe Oto, when he played solo, with his band and former AMM colleague Eddie Prévost.

A keen martial arts student and teacher for over 20 years, Gare told Julian Cowley in The Wire 325, “In martial art you learn an enormous amount about how to direct your energy and conserve it, and about how to keep relaxed. That’s one of the things I love about the way I play saxophone. When I’m playing really well my whole body is very relaxed. I just watch it working, in a way.”

The Wire’s Invisible Jukebox goes live in Berlin

Ableton Loop returns in November with Ben Frost set to undergo The Wire test where musicians are asked to comment on tracks with no prior knowledge of what they're about to hear

Ableton's Loop Summit will take place at Berlin Funkhaus from 10–12 November. Happening over three days, the summit is essentially an ideas exchange involving a series of discussions, performances, presentations, studio sessions, installations and interactive workshops. The programme includes presentations by Goldie, Jenny Hval, Katie Gately, Laurel Halo, Machinedrum and Susan Rogers, talks with Abayomi, Jowaa, Ski Oakenfull and Stro Elliot, and various audio demonstrations with Butterz, Discwoman, JD Twitch and many others. A full list of what's going on can be found at their website.

And from 2:15–3:30pm on 12 November The Wire Contributing Editor Frances Morgan will conduct an onstage version of our regular print feature Invisible Jukebox, with Ben Frost in the hot seat, in Funkhaus Main Recording Hall

You can watch last year's live Invisible Jukebox sessions with Morton Subotnick and Gudrun Gut below:

Jaki Liebezeit tribute concert at Cologne’s Philharmonie

Musicians from across Europe will descend on the Rhineland city to pay their respects to the Can drummer

Can members Irmin Schmidt, Damo Suzuki and Rosko Gee are among those lined up to pay tribute to their drummer colleague Jaki Liebezeit at a special commemorative concert in Cologne on 22 January 2018.

Marking the first anniversary of Liebezeit’s death, the concert promises “a clear dramatic thread“ to hold together a roster of artists that includes Jaki Liebezeit´s Drum Ensemble Drums Off Chaos with Manos Tsangaris, Schmidt, Suzuki, Gee, Reiner Linke & Maf Retter, Baba Zula, Gianna Nannini, Jah Wobble, Jono Podmore, Robert Coyne, Manfred Schoof, Jochen Irmler, Pi-hsien Chen, Burnt Friedmann, Rüdiger Elze, Hans ‘Bäär’ Maahn, Dominik von Senger, and others.

Jaki Liebezeit – A Tribute will take place on 22 January, 2018, 8pm at Cologne’s Philharmonie Köln.

Dan Deacon readies Rat Film soundtrack on Domino

The soundtrack is Deacon’s first full record devoted to modern composition. He shares the single “Redlining”

Dan Deacon will release the soundtrack to the new essay film Rat Film on 13 October via Domino. Directed by Theo Anthony, Rat Film uses rat infestation in his and Deacon's hometown of Baltimore to interrogate issues of race and class in the city. Deacon's soundtrack to the film demonstrates his own style of contemporary composition, which he developed while studying at the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College, New York. In addition to his four albums, his previous works include the ballet The Times Are Racing by Justin Peck and commissions including pieces with Kronos Quartet at Lincoln Centre and So Percussion at the Barbican.

You can watch footage of how Deacon incorporated the rats into the film’s score, and you can listen to the single “Redlining” below.

Tenth edition of Avant Art Festival breaking out across two Polish cities

Festival events in Wrocław and Warsaw run until 13 October

Poland's Avant Art Festival is currently underway, occupying the twin centres of Wrocław and Warsaw. Having focused on music from Japan last year, the tenth edition has gone for a broader range of experimental and avant garde music and art.

This is the first time the Wrocław festival has branched out to Warsaw. Running until 11 October, the Warsaw programme includes Dean Blunt's Babyfather project, Justin Broadrick, Powell, Regis, Actress, MC Flowdan, Oren Ambarchi, Łoskot, Black Dice, Piernikowski, Lutto Lento, BNNT featuring Mats Gustafsson and others. There will also be screenings of music documentaries at the Muranów Cinema.

Running until 13 October, the Wrocław line-up also includes Radian, Regis, Baby Meelo, Powell, Melt Banana, Porter Ricks, Oren Ambarchi and others.

Full line-up details for Wrocław and Warsaw are available via the Avant Art website, and you can grab a ticket here.