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Lee Ranaldo/My Cat Is An Alien/Ramona Ponzini

Exclusive live performance by the improv ensemble

The improv ensemble featuring Lee Ranaldo, My Cat Is An Alien and Ramona Ponzini will make an exclusive live performance at Interzona, Verona this coming week. Roberto Opalio (My Cat Is An Alien), will also be showing his films during this Italian live show. The concert will take place just before the Italian opening of the Sonic Youth etc. 'Sensational Fix' exhibition at Museion in Bolzano (10 October 2008 - 4 January 2009).

Gas live

The only concert in Europe this year

Wolfgang Voigt presents Gas live for the only concert in 2008 this month. The concert takes place in Leipzig on 28 September. Further information & tickets here:

Blacksand go down to the woods...

Outdoor Equinox performance by London's subterranean soundscapers

Nick Franglen and Charles Casey aka Blacksand will mark Autumnal Equinox with a rare outdoor performance in a wood somewhere in North London at approximately 5am on Sunday 21 September. The improvisational duo, who create music by feeding two guitars through a mash of FX boxes, have aquired a specially adapted ship's battery allowing them to create music anywhere anytime. The wood will be their latest in an ongoing search for inspiring spaces to perform in. Email for location details. Limited spaces.

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Get a free special mix CD from Italy's Phonorama if you subscribe this month

Subscribing to The Wire is quicker and cheaper than buying it from a shop. And you'll also get special Subscriber only deals and free CDs sent alongside. These CDs are not available with copies of the magazine sold in shops. The latest Subscriber only CD is a special mix CD from Italy's Phonorama and is given away to all subscribers new or old this month.

Phonorama is a live electronics ensemble featuring some of Italy's most advanced improvising musicians, including members of Sinistri, 3/4HadBeenEliminated, Invernomuto and OLYVETTY. Produced by the Bologna based Xing organisation (find them online at, the Phonorama CD contains an exclusive mixdown by Valerio Tricoli and Riccardo Benassi of material recorded by the ensemble at two performances at the Raum venue in Bologna in 2006–7.

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Cut And Splice: From The Seven Days

Sonic Arts Network and BBC Radio 3 announce a two day festival based around Stockhausen’s Aus den Sieben Tagen

Cut and Splice: From the Seven Days will bring together some of the world’s leading contemporary avant-garde musicians to interpret one of Stockhausen’s most controversial works. Featuring over 20 performers, installations and a four day durational piece, the festival is set in one of London’s most atmospheric spaces, Wilton’s Music Hall, the oldest grand music hall in the world. Under the Artistic direction of Anton Lukoszevieze performers will include David Behrman, Angharad Davies, Rhodri Davies, Reinhold Friedl, Frank Gratkowski, Robin Hayward, Apartment House, Seth Josel, Aleks Kolkowski, Phil Minton, Maja Ratkje, Twentytwentyone, Mark Wastell, Marc Weiser, Nikos Veliotis, Michael Vorfeld. London Wilton's Music Hall, 24-25 October, 7.30pm, £18 weekend (£10 day ticket), tickets & info:

Daniel Caux 'hommage'

Celebrate the late Daniel Caux's life on radio

A concert 'hommage' to the late musicologist and free jazz promoter Daniel Caux, who died this July in Paris, will take place on September 30 at 8.30pm on French radio station Studio 106. Musicians ErikM, Laurent Garnier, and other musician friends will take part.


Manchester event to celebrate early '80s Electro-Funk

Manchester District Music Archive ( ) will put on a one-off event to celebrate Manchester’s Electro-Funk and B Boy heritage on Saturday 30 August. Through a mixture of talks, Q & As, screenings and dancing, the event will attempt to tell the story of the city’s early ‘80s Electro-Funk scene and its subsequent developments as the decade unfolded. The event was inspired by Tim ‘Bones’ Forde’s documentary film, The Birth Of British B-Boys, which will be shown in full as a main feature of the event. Hosted by Greg Wilson, ‘Electrospective’ welcomes some of the great DJ’s of Pre-Rave Manchester - Hewan Clarke, Colin Curtis, Chad Jackson and Mike Shaft. Saturday 30 August, 4pm talks, screenings and dance (free admission); 10pm-3am club night (tickets £6). Order tickets:

JG Thirlwell curates Zorn's club

In September 2008, the concerts at John Zorn's club The Stone have been hand picked, curated and booked by JG Thirlwell

The concerts at John Zorn's not-for-profit club The Stone have been hand picked, curated and booked by JG Thirlwell during September 2008. Highlights include performances by Carla Bozulich, Keith Fullerton Whitman, Boris Savoldelli with Elliot Sharp, cellist Okkyung Lee, a special Mercury Rev event, a John Zorn improv night, David Grubbs, David Lang, Tony Conrad, Andrew WK performing piano improv, Michael Gira and more. New York The Stone, various dates, $10 unless otherwise stated.

Jamaican Dancehall tome

Heavyweight study into the rise of Jamaican Dancehall due out this Autumn

A new book detailing the history and culture of Jamaican Dancehall is due out this Autumn. The book, published by Soul Jazz Publishing, aims to be a definitive study of 1980s Jamaican Dancehall and will feature hundreds of exclusive photographs and text by Beth Lesser.

Soundings From The Estuary

Sound art in exhibition about the Thames Estuary

Soundings From The Estuary, an exhibition about the Thames Estuary, includes work by sound artist Dave Lawrence and word pieces by Germander Speedwell, composed of lists of place names, bird sound descriptions, ship names and so on from the Thames Estuary. These are exhibited and combined with photographs and video works by Frank Watson. There will also be a Clear Spot show about the project on Resonance FM on Tuesday July 1 at 8pm. See for further details. London Novas Contemporary Urban Centre, 20 June - 20 July, 10am-6pm Mon-Sat.