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We Will All Meet In The Same Place

Exhibition series in Wrocław looks at the ways sound is perceived

From 12 April–2 June, BWA Wrocław Główny Gallery will present an exhibition and talk series titled We Will All Meet In The Same Place. Curated by Paweł Szroniak, the exhibition focuses on ways of perceiving sound and movement within the sphere of experimental art, drawing connections between different artistic disciplines.

Artists taking part include Rolf Julius, Wojciech Bruszewski, Ryszard Waśko, Anna Zaradny, Sarah Hennies, Brandon LaBelle, Artur Żmijewski, Kama Sokolnicka, Grupa Budapeszt, Zorka Wollny, Sebastian Buczek, Magdalena Ptasznik, Anna Nowicka, Aleksandra Osowicz and Agata Siniarsk. English language tours are available on request.

Sebastian Buczek will be performing live on the exhibition’s opening night of 12 April. More information available on their website.

Abdullah Ibrahim signs to Gearbox

New album due for release in summer 2019

The Gearbox label has announced it will release the first album in four years from the South African pianist and composer Abdullah Ibrahim, formally known as Dollar Brand.

The record, as yet untitled, features unreleased compositions with Ibrahim's long-time band Ekaya, all recorded over the course of a day at London’s RAK studios last November. The set will consist of full band arrangements as well as some solo improvised piano pieces. "With Ekaya, I am blessed in that I have all these textural opportunities," says Ibrahim.

"We push ourselves out of our comfort zones,” he continues, “so that we can present to the listener our striving for excellence. So that we can engage with our listeners without any barriers of our ego. It’s not jazz. For us, it’s a process of transcending barriers. Technically it’s very, very skilled, but there’s simplicity in the complexity so that people can relate to it. It’s a natural rhythm of the universe. We’ve been looking at recording for some time. But we were looking for the correct vehicle. Someone who understands what we’re doing."

Ibrahim will headline the London Jazz Festival in November.

Blank Forms release first vinyl pressing of Maryanne Amacher composition

The 1991 piano piece Petra was performed by Marianne Schroeder and Stefan Tcherepnin in 2017

Blank Forms Editions have released Marianne Schroeder and Stefan Tcherepnin's 2017 interpretation of Maryanne Amacher's 1991 piano piece Petra. The pioneering composer and installation artist had been suspicious of CD and recording technologies during her career. Opting instead for live performance, much of her work was never recorded for commercial release.

Following Sound Characters (Making The Third Ear) and Sound Characters 2 (Making Sonic Spaces) released on Tzadik in 1999 and 2008 respectively, and a inclusion in the OHM: The Early Gurus Of Electronic Music (1948-1980) compilation, Petra marks Amacher's first commercially available instrumental work and the first time one of her compositions has been put to vinyl. The work was originally commissioned for the ISCM World Music Days in Boswil, Switzerland, and is a durational piece written for two pianos and inspired by a church in the area and Greg Bear's science fiction writings. The version featured on this release was recorded in 2017 at New York St Peter’s Episcopal Church with pianists Stefan Tcherepnin and Marianne Schroeder, the latter of which had already performed Petra in 1991 alongside Amacher herself.

Earlier this month we announced a three day event, Maryanne Amacher: Perceptual Geographies, taking place in Philadelphia in April.

Petra is released by Blank Forms on 12 April.

Popol Vuh 1970s box set incoming

In April BMG reissue five 1970s albums as separate CDs and LP box set

A selection of German group Popol Vuh's 1970s albums are set for release in April. From the 12 albums put out during that decade, the chosen few include 1970 debut album Affenstunde, alongside their third album Hosianna Mantra (1972), the fifth Einsjäger & Siebenjäger (1974), their seventh Aguirre (1975) and eleventh Nosferatu (1978). They'll be released as both individual albums on CD and as a box set of six LPs called The Essential Album Collection Vol 1. Both CD and LP reissues are remastered by band members Guido Hieronymus and Frank Fiedler, and include bonus tracks, an illustrated booklet and linear notes.

Founded in 1970 in Munich, the German group parted ways in 2001 with the death of Popol Vuh's Florian Fricke. 2011 saw a revival however, with a tribute remix album featuring Âme, Stereolab, Mouse on Mars, Thomas Fehlmann and Peter Kruder.

The Essential Album Collection Vol 1 is out on 26 April for a little over £100 via BMG.

You can listen to the original title track from Affenstunde below.

MaerzMusik contemplates issues of time

The fifth edition dedicates ten days to questions of history and historiography

Berlin festival MaerzMusik takes place from 22–31 March. Describing itself as a “festival for time issues”, this year’s event promises ten days of art that examines history through a politically focused lens.

The line-up features a selection of music, performances, readings, film screenings, installations and exhibitions at various locations across the city. The programme includes Frederic Rzewski reviving the music of Horațiu Rădulescu; a new multimedia work by Jennifer Walshe and Timothy Morton; a world premiere of Elaine Mitchener’s the then + the now = nowtime, an evening dedicated to Terry Adkins by George E Lewis, Fred Moten and Ensemble Pamplemousse; Olga Neuwirth’s Masaot/Clocks without Hands; an evening focusing on the book and film Die Stadt Ohne Juden (The City Without Jews), and The Long Now, a 30 hour session at Kraftwerk Berlin featuring Frederic Rzewski , Donato Dozzy, Duane Pitre, First Tone, Byron Westbrook, Catherine Lamb, Mazen Kerbaj, Eli Keszler, Shiva Fesheraki and others.

Also at the festival will be a series of lectures and workshops under the umbrella title of Thinking Together, as well as two exhibition projects: Tele-Visions: A Critical Media History Of New Music On TV, 1950s–1990s, and A Utopian Stage: Festival Of Arts, Shiraz-Persepolis (1967–1977).

Full details can be found on the website.

Open call: The Art of Cecil Taylor

Unit Structures conference taking place at Brooklyn College between 24 & 26 October

An open call for papers, compositions and musical participation has been announced for Unit Structures: The Art of Cecil Taylor conference taking place at City University of New York in October 2019.

The conference is focused on Taylor scholarship in jazz and American music studies, and sets to expand across a wide range of disciplines to reflect the scope of Taylor’s work.

“We explicitly seek to recognise scholarship in an expanded context, one that welcomes creative responses to Cecil Taylor’s work. We are additionally accepting proposals for new works in sonic discourse” says the call out. Taylor’s 1966 poetic prose essay Sound Structure of Subculture Becoming Major Breath/Naked Fire Gesture will also be premiered at an evening concert on 25 October. The event will also host a large ensemble workshop led by Karen Borca, featuring a composition that Taylor had previously dedicated to the bassoonist and improviser.

Speaking at the event are Nahum Dimitri Chandler, David Grubbs, Fred Moten, Fumi Okiji, Ben Young, Andrew Cyrille, William Parker and Matthew Shipp.

Call outs listed are: Spoken papers of 20 minutes followed by 10 minutes of questions; composition/improvisation in discourse with the aforementioned essay; and participation in the large ensemble workshop led by Borca.

More information, including details on how to submit work, can be found on the Unit Structures website. Deadline is 3 May.

Carla dal Forno launches new label and releases 7"

“So Much Better/Fever Dream” is out on 19 April on Kallista

Carla dal Forno has launched a new label Kallista Records. With the news comes the announcement of a fresh two-track 7" “So Much Better/Fever Dream”, that follows on from the self-released limited edition cassette Top Of The Pops the London-based, Australian artist put out last year. The new release also marks the first time dal Forno has released as a solo artist on a label other than Blackest Ever Black, who released her debut album You Know What It’s Like back in 2016.

Watch the video for “So Much Better” from the single's a-side.

“So Much Better/Fever Dream” is released on 16 April and available for pre-order now. Carla dal Forno will perform at Re-Textured Festival on 30 March.

Earth announce new album and share single

Full Upon Her Burning Lips is released on 24 May by Sargent House

Dylan Carlson and Adrienne Davies are back with a new Earth release. Full Upon Her Burning Lips follows 2014's Primitive and Deadly, and has the core duo take up their usual positions of Carlson on guitar and bass and Adrienne Davies on drums and percussion.

The album, Carlson says, was developed “organically”, stating, “I limited the number of effects I used. I always like the limiting of materials to force oneself to employ them more creatively. Previous Earth records were quite lush sounding, and I wanted a more upfront and drier sound, using very few studio effects.”

Talking of Davies's input, he notes, “I really wanted the drums to be present. I felt with previous Earth records that other instrumentation took up so much of the sonic space that the drums were kind of pushed to the side.”

Songs like “Cats On The Briar” and “Mandrake’s Hymn” were part-written during downtime on their 2017 tour, while “Descending Belladonna” came from a live soundtrack project.

“I feel like this is the fullest expression and purest distillation of what Earth does since I re-started the band,” Carlson confirms.

As well as news of the album, Carlson has announced he'll be launching a solo European tour.

Full Upon Her Burning Lips is released on 24 May via Sargent House. Listen to “Cats On The Briar” below.

Art Ensemble Of Chicago release We Are On The Edge: A 50th Anniversary Celebration

“We are on the edge!” declares Camae Ayewa aka Moor Mother, one of the project’s 15 new recruits

In “commemoration of a half-century of magical music making”, Pi Recordings will be releasing a two disc set of new recordings by The Art Ensemble Of Chicago. Called We Are On The Edge: A 50th Anniversary Celebration , the album consists of studio sessions and a live performance at Edgefest in Ann Arbor, MI. The Art Ensemble’s Roscoe Mitchell and Famoudou Don Moye are here joined by Nicole Mitchell, Tomeka Reid, Camae Ayewa, Christina Wheeler, Silvia Bolognesi, Junius Paul, Jean Cook, Rodolfo Cordova-Lebron, Hugh Ragin, Fred Berry, Edward Yoon Kwon, Jaribu Shahid, Dudù Kouaté, Enoch Williamson, Titos Sompa and Stephen Rush.

We Are On The Edge: A 50th Anniversary Celebration is released by Pi on 26 April.

Rewire completes its 2019 programme

This year’s festival themes address Instrumental Shifts and Staging Sound

Happening at various venues across The Hague’s city centre, the ninth edition of the Dutch experimental music festival Rewire runs from 29–31 March. Rian Treanor, CCL, Justin Bennett, Animistic Beliefs, Annelies Monsoré, Mark IJzerman, RAFF, Stekkerdoos, Zoe Reddy and De Methode are among the artists who have been added to the already announced line-up of Nicolás Jaar, Low, Jlin & Company Wayne McGregor, Tim Hecker & Konoyo Ensemble and Tanya Tagaq.

In addition Rewire has published its discussion programme, which addresses the themes of Instrumental Shifts and Staging Sound. Festival participants include Rebecca Fiebrink, Mark Fell, Mick Grierson, Jesse Kanda, Federico Campagna, Nicolás Jaar, Actress, Lotic & Emmanuel Biard, Jennifer Walshe & Memo Akten, Elaine Mitchener, Sega Bodega, Bob Sturm, Ash Koosha, Róisín Loughran, Thor Magnusson, Laura Agnusdei, Anna Mikkola, Dianne Verdonk, Folgert Karsdorp, Dick Rijken, Anja Volk, Mailin Chen, Hibiki Mukai and Aimee Cliff. And The Wire's Deputy Editor Joseph Stannard will be talking to Low about their 25 year career.

The full Rewire line-up can be found on their website. Tickets are on sale now.