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2011 MATA Festival: Call For Submissions

An opportunity for young composers to have their work premiered at NYCs MATA Festival...

New York City's MATA (Music at the Anthology) organisation is currently accepting submissions from young composers (those who have reached their 40th birthday by February 16, 2010) for possible commissions and performances on the 2010 MATA Festival in New York City. Materials for submission must include: Recording (CD) of one or two recent works, scores to accompany the recordings (unless scores are not pertinent to your work), If you submit an orchestral work also send a chamber or solo work, biography or resumé and a list of works. MIDI recordings will not be accepted nor will submissions via email. Click here for full information.

Tori & Reiko Kudo London residency

The first couple of faux-naif pop, Tori and Reiko Kudo of Maher Shalal Hash Baz, land up in London next week for a three day residency, with two solo shows at Cafe OTO on 6 and 7 November, and a final duo show at Kings Place on 8 November.

Borbetomagus European tour

Borbetomagus, the irrepressible snuff jazz trio, will be touring Europe in December, courtesy of Paris's Instant Chavirés organisation. Here are the dates (NB no UK leg): Belgium Aalst Netwerk (11 December), Belgium Hasselt Kunstencentrum (12), France Metz Les Trinitaires (13) Switzerland Basel Gare du Nord (14), Switzerland Geneva ecurie de l'ilôt13 (cave12!) (15), Germay Berlin Raum 18 (16), Germany Bremen Neues Museum Weserburg (17), Germay Köln Studio 672/Stadtgarten (18), France Montreuil (Paris) Instants Chavirés (19)

The Just Alap Raga Ensemble at Merce Cunningham Memorial

La Monte Young, Marian Zazeela and Jung Hee Choi perform at the dancer and choreographer's memorial...

La Monte Young, Marian Zazeela and Jung Hee Choi's The Just Alap Raga Ensemble will perform at the dancer and choreographer's memorial on 28 October. The trio will perform the Maha Mrityunjaya mantra as the opening piece followed by performances of Cunningham's work by his dance company, MCDC. New York City Park Avenue Armory, 643 Park Avenue, USA, 28 October 4-9PM, free.

The Wire on Stack

You can now buy The Wire as part of a bundle of independent magazines from Stack...

You can now buy The Wire as part of a bundle of independent magazines from Stack, which describes itself as “a unique service that brings together the best independent English language magazines from around the world and delivers them direct to your home. Beautifully made and offering an intelligent, alternative view of films, music, culture, current affairs and whatever else crosses their pages, they guarantee to bring a fresh perspective on the world.”

And if you want to find out a little bit more about The Wire, where it came from, where it’s at, and maybe even where it’s heading, the Stack blog has just posted the transcript of an interview with the magazine’s publisher, Tony Herrington

The Wire Primers: latest book on sale

Our latest published book is now available to buy here!

The Wire Primers: A Guide To Modern Music, edited by The Wire's Editor-at-Large Rob Young, is our essential guide to the core recordings of some of the most visionary and inspiring, subversive and radical musicians on the planet, past and present. Containing a selection of the magazine's popular regular article The Primer (which features a potted guide to the works of significant artists, groups or umbrella genres) alongside three new unpublished essays, readers are treated to demystifying chapters on key genres and movements, including musique concrète, turntablism, Noise and dubstep.

The 200-page book is published by Verso, you can purchase it directly from us, price £13, with free postage in the UK. Go here to buy it! Subscribers to the print edition of The Wire get a further discount of £2 off each copy.

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Into The Vortex: update

Due to an illness in the family, The Skaters’ Spencer Clark has had to cancel his appearance at Into The Vortex on Fri 9 October. Instead, his partner in The Skaters, James Ferraro, will perform a solo set of his trademark hypnagogic psych-drone-pop.

Into The Vortex: Extra Sunday show

Due to overwhelming demand, Broadcast, The Caretaker and Thomas Ankersmit will be doing an extra performance on the final day of The Wire's Into The Vortex festival.

The extra show will take place on the afternoon of Sunday 11 October at East London's Vortex venue. Doors: 2pm. Tickets: £12 from wegottickets

or direct from The Vortex on 020 7254 4097.

NB Festival passes are NOT valid for the afternoon show. Also there are no discounts on tickets for Wire subscribers for the afternoon show.

Lou Reed's Metal Machine Trio European Tour cancelled

Set to start on 2 October at the Kontraste festival in Krems an der Donau, Austria, Reed has had to cancel the trio's first European tour...

Citing "extreme personal issues", Lou Reed (the subject of October issue 308's Invisible Jukebox feature) has had to cancel the planned European tour of his Metal Machine Trio group. People who have already bought tickets to any of the dates will be able to get their money back from the event organiser or for the cancelled concert in Krems (2 October) contact: NÖ-Festival GmbH, Minoritenplatz 4, 3500 Krems, Austria, 0043-(0)2732-90 80 33, or email

Tortoise and Colin Newman Late Junction Collaboration

A new collaborative installment of the regular BBC Radio 3 series...

Windy city post-rockers Tortoise recently spent a day recording with Wire frontman Colin Newman as part of BBC Radio 3's Late Junction regular series of curated collaborations. The recording will be aired 15 October from 11:15PM on BBC Radio 3 and will be available on the internet for seven days after the broadcast