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Terraforma announces full line up including DJ Stingray and Laurie Anderson

This year also features a new site-specific stage

DJ sets from duo Marco Shuttle & Efdemin, DJ Stingray and Paquita Gordon plus Søte presenting his recent Diagonal release Parallel Persia and a performance from Lauren Anderson are a sample of what's in store at the 2019 edition of Terraforma festival.

Taking place on the grounds of Villa Arconti in Milan, the ‘sustainable’ event will this year present a new site-specific stage in collaboration with Belgian festival Meakusma. Kiosque à Musique was built with natural materials and designed to amplify sounds from its surrounding area. The new structure will host a residency from Francesco Cavaliere who will present a series of lectures titled C-Alphabetic Falls. It will also host authors and artists presenting work that focuses on gestures, words and language.

Also on the line-up are Marylou, Walter Prati & Ricciarda Belgiojoso, Izabel, Monolake, Vladimir Ivkovic, Renick Bell, Sir Richard Bishop, STILL, Ramzi, Donato Dozzy, RP Boo, Kelman Duran, Buttechno, Stargate (Lorenzo Senni), Juliana Huxtable, Mica Levi, Caterina Barbieri, Daniel Higgs and Bambounou.

Additionally, neurobiologist Stefano Mancuso will be hosting talks, and festival goers also have the chance to take a guided tour of the grand Villa Arconati.

Terraforma will take place between 5–7 July. Tickets are on sale now.

Meakusma festival finalises 2019 line up

Kassem Mosse, Cera Khin and Arnold Dreyblatt are among those set to perform in September

Between 6–8 September Meakusma Festival will return to the town of Eupen, Belgium. Full details of what's in store have now been announced with a programme featuring concerts, DJs, installations, artist talks, workshops and film screenings.

Kassem Mosse, Mix Mup & Tapes will debut their new Zigtrax project. Also premiering is a first time collaboration between this year's artists in residents NWAQ aka Newworldaquarium and Don’t DJ. They'll be in Eupen a week before the festival developing new music to be presented at the event. LazyTapes's Cera Khin will also be playing a DJ set and La! Neu?'s Viktoria Wehrmeister will be performing solo as Decha.

Also on the line up is Arnold Dreyblatt & The Orchestra Of Excited Strings, Günter Schickert featuring Andreas Spechtl, Harmonious Thelonious, Jens Uwe Beyer & Albert Oehlen, Koki Emura, Lee Gamble, Mazen Kerbaj & Franz Hautzinger, Meeuw Muzak, Piotr Kurek, Thomas Ankersmit, Ben UFO, Benjamin Finger, James Plotkin & Mia Zabelka, Disrupt, Don The Tiger, Elena Colombi, Eli Keszler, Giuseppe Lelasi, Going & Tetuzi Akiyama & Manuel Mota, Keith Fullerton Whitman, Nicola Ratti, Parris, Sirom, Tashi Wada Group featuring Julia Holter and Corey Fogel, Muqata’a and others.

Flipper announce 40th anniversary tour

The San Francisco group have put together a special live line-up for the dates

Flipper have announced their 40th anniversary European tour will start in July. The group's line-up will consist of founding members Steve DePace on drums and Ted Falconi on guitar, plus David Yow of Scratch Acid and Jesus Lizard on vocals and Mike Watt of The Minutemen and Firehose.

In 1979 Flipper made their recording debut on Subterranean Records's SF Underground compilation with the track “Earthworm”. They followed it with two singles, “Love Canal”/“Ha Ha Ha” and “Sexbomb”/“Brainwash” in 1981. Their album Generic Flipper came out the following year.

The tour will commence on 30 July at Nottingham's Rescue Rooms, then Bristol (31), Blackpool (1 August), Glasgow (2), Leeds (3), London (4), Gent (5), Amsterdam (6), Aachen (8), Karlsruhe (9), Bologna (10), Milan (11), Padova (12), Vienna (13), Bielefeld (15), Hamburg (16), Helsinki (17). The tour closes at Berlin's Bi Nuu on 20 August.

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.