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Bucharest's Outernational Days 2 takes place in July

The second edition of The Attic’s Bucharest festival happens this summer

Online music magazine The Attic will present the second edition of its Outernational Days festival in Bucharest in July. “The project,” the organisers explained last year in the run-up to their first edition, “was born out of a cultural need [to explore] a very wide musical spectrum, to which the Romanian audience lacked access until now.” In that spirit, this year’s edition features ensembles, bands and musicians not only from Romania but also Kenya, Niger, Senegal, Lebanon, Turkey, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and USA.

The line-up includes Babau, Circuit Diagram featuring Derya Yıldırım, Doug Shipton, Everything Visible Is Empty – by Rabih Beaini (with Raed Yassin, Mazen Kerbaj, Diana Miron, Bogdana Dima), Florin Salam, Görkem Şen pres. Yaybahar, iNSANLAR, Khidja, Kӣr, Les Filles de Illighadad, Mark Ernestus’ Ndagga Rhythm Force, Praed, Ogoya Nengo & Dodo Women's Group, Social Insects (Hans Koch & Gaudenz Badrutt), Traxx, Vladimir Ivkovic, and more.

As well as live performances, there will also be DJ sets, artist talks, panels, art installations, workshops, debates, documentary film screenings and lectures.

Outernational Days runs from 7–9 July at Bucharest’s Uranus garden and The Ark. Tickets are available now.

Kamasi Washington signs to Young Turks and unveils his "Truth"

The saxophonist and bandleader presents his first new material since 2015

Kamasi Washington has announced his first new music since 2015’s The Epic in the form of a 13 minute track titled “Truth” which comes accompanied by an original film from AG Rojas.

“Truth” is the first fruit of Washington's recently signed global deal with London based label Young Turks and will be featured on his forthcoming Harmony Of Difference EP.

The music and film debuted as part of an original six-movement suite that premiered as part of this year’s Whitney Biennial and involves artwork and imagery by Washington's sister Amani Washington alongside Rojas's film.

The suite exhibits at the Whitney until 11 June and explores the philosophical possibilities of counterpoint – defined by Washington as “the art of balancing similarity and difference to create harmony between separate melodies”.

Watch AG Rojas's film:

Harmony Of Difference will be released this summer by Young Turks

Bassist and composer Jair-Rohm Parker Wells presents “Blac Buc”

New synth-based work draws on Booker T Washington and WEB Du Bois

Bassist/composer Jair-Rohm Parker Wells, in residency at EMS in Stockholm, Sweden, has composed a 50 minute multimedia/multi-disciplinary work titled “Blac Buc” – a title which references the Reconstruction-era racial slur “Black Buck” and the name of the synthesizer – the Buchla 200e modular system – that Parker-Wells used to realise the work.

According to its author, the piece “promotes and inspires the consideration that Booker T Washington's ‘Atlanta Compromise’ rather than WEB Du Bois’s ‘Niagara Movement’ held the best solution for post- Reconstruction America and the advancement of its black people”.

“Blac Buc” was produced using the free, open source software GNU and will be presented live as a fixed media performance incorporating the voices of Ayn Rand, WEB Du Bois and Booker T Washington plus projections, dance and live bass. The music will be made available on CD and digital formats.

Watch the trailer:

The Wire presents three shows at The Jazz Cafe

As part of our Wire 400 celebrations, we've lined up a series of shows at the North London venue

Next month we kick off our Wire 400 programme of special events with the first in a three-part series at London venue The Jazz Cafe.

First up is a live performance from The Necks on 3 May, which forms part of their UK/Europe tour promoting new album Unfold, released via Stephen O’Malley’s Ideologic Organ imprint.

This is followed by a set from The Wire 356 cover star Matana Roberts on 17 May, and a visit from Ethiopian keyboard/accordion player Hailu Mergia (supported by DJ Philou Louzolo) on 23 May.

Tickets for the events can be purchased via The Jazz Cafe.

Load Records RIP

The influential US noise rock label gasps its last

The Providence, Rhode Island based label that released music by underground darlings such as Lightning Bolt, Black Pus, Arab On Radar, Ultralyd, Khanate, Excepter, Metalux, Landed, Six Finger Satellite, Sightings, Noxagt, Prurient and more, has folded.

“After 24 years of Load Records its [sic] time to move on,” said a message circulated via the label’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.“Will be contacting bands to arrange next steps. Thanks for a great ride.”

Founded by Ben McOsker and Laura Mullen in 1993 to release the Just Like Anybody Else Would/Bender 7" by Boss Fuel, Load soon established a reputation for brilliance with a steady stream of cutting edge noise, rock and electronics, much of which was harvested from the fertile Providence underground scene.

The label’s final release was, aptly enough, an album by the band Finished.

Mutek announces its 2017 line-up

The first wave of acts announced for this year's festival includes Daphni, Robert Henke, Marie Davidson, Aurora Halal, Detroit Swindle, Fis, Murcof and Rroxymore

The 18th edition of Montreal's long-running MUTEK festival begins on 22 August. This year also happens to be the 150th anniversary of Canada’s confederation, and to mark the occasion MUTEK will run one day longer than usual. The festival, the announcement continues, has also “refreshed its commitment to live performance at the intersection of music, visual art and technology”.

The line-up so far is as follows: Africaine 808, Alexandre Burton & Julien Roy, Anchorsong, Aurora Halal, Daphni, Detroit Swindle, Fis, Graham Dunning, Harvey Sutherland, Herman Kolgen, Kara-Lis Coverdale, Kuniyuki Takahashi, Marie Davidson, Michela Pelusio & Glenn Vervliet, Murcof & Jimmy Lakatos, Nicola Cruz, Robert Henke, Rroxymore, Sarah Davachi, Sculpture and Zip.

Listen to a preview below:

MUTEK 2017 runs from 22–27 August. More information coming soon.

Major exhibition Jamaica Jamaica! launched in Paris

A chronological tour of Jamaica's musical and political evolution is currently running at Cité De La Musique-Philharmonie de Paris

The new exhibition Jamaica Jamaica! is now open in Paris. Running until 13 August, it documents the political and musical history of the island. The exhibition is presented in seven parts – Rebel Music: The Multiple Heritage Of Slavery; The Soundtrack To Independence; Studio One, The Black Ark And King Tubby's Studio: A production Circuit Like Nowhere Else In The World; Jamaica's True Instrument; The Intertwined Destinies Of ‘Jah, Rastafari’ and Marcus Garvey; Bob Marley And The Wailer, Political Hostages In A War Between Neighbourhoods; and Jamaican Music After Marley.

Some of the works on display are on loan from Jamaican institutions such as the National Gallery in Kingston, and have never been exhibited in Europe before. These include contributions from Mallica ‘Kapo’ Reynolds, Evadney Cruickshank, Sidney McLaren, Karl Parboosingh and others. In addition, the exhibition showcases mural art from Kingston, album covers, flyers, music, graphic design, fashion and contemporary art from Tony McDermott, Xavier Veilhan, Nik Nowak, Leasho Johnson, Beth Lesser, Patrick Cariou and more. Also featured are paintings and murals created on site by Danny Coxson, a sound system that visitors can operate, instruments such as Peter Toshʼs M16 rifle guitar, King Tubby’s customised mixing desk. Other attractions include a disco every Friday evening, and reconstructions of studios such as Studio One, the Black Ark and King Tubby’s studio, as well as rare and unpublished audio clips and footage of Bob Marley And The Wailers.

Related events include the Jamaica Weekend running from 21–23 April, which features concerts, workshops, talks and more, with Sista Blunty, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Brigadier Jerry, Johnny Osbourne, Jah9, Inna De Yard and others.

Jamaica Jamaica!, curated by Sébastien Carayol, runs until 13 August at Cité De La Musique-Philharmonie de Paris.

Bologna's Live Arts Week VI takes place this April

Xing presents the sixth edition of Live Arts Week. Watch a video of artist Anastasia Ax performing earlier this year

Live Arts Week VI is set to take place this April. Taking place in Bologna, the festival is built around a marathon of performances at former Modern Art Gallery Ex GAM, as well as other events at various venues across the city.

“This event dedicated to live arts, hosts a blend of new productions that revolve around the presence, performance and perceptual experience of sounds and visions” explains the festival, saying it plans to give a space for “existential athletics”.

The line up features Maria Hassabi, Alexandra Bachzetsis, Mette Edvardsen, Lorenzo Senni, Anastasia Ax with C. Spencer Yeh, Ulrich Krieger, Valerio Tricoli, Cristina Kristal Rizzo, Ashes Withyman Moore, Nicolàs Lamas, Mattin, Prurient and others.

Watch a video of Anastasia Ax with Lars Siltberg performing Katarsis at Göteborg Konsthall earlier this year. She'll perform with C Spencer Yeh on 29 April.

Live Arts Week VI takes place in Bologna between 26–29 April.

Thanatopolis II: An Evening with AutopsiA

South London's Iklectik art space will host the evening curated by Alexei Monroe, author of AutopsiA Thanatopolis

Following on from the first UK exhibition of the Eastern European industrial art collective at London's Horse Hospital, Iklectik in Waterloo will host a night of films and music by the group. Curated by Alexei Monroe, author of the Autopsia monograph AutopsiA Thanatopolis (Divus 2016), many of the films have never before been screened in the UK. They're described by the venue as working with “ghostly ‘electronic frescoes’ [to] reveal a further, fascinating layer of their work”. On top of this, Monroe will give a lecture.

The event also marks the release of Damnatio Memoriae, which features recordings based on a 2016 sound installation Autopsia mounted at The Museum of Fine Arts in Split, Croatia.

The event will start at 7pm on 12 April.

The Wire hits its 400th issue

The June edition of The Wire will be the magazine’s 400th issue. To mark this landmark occasion we'll be co-presenting a series of events taking place at various venues from London to Shenzhen. We'll also be hosting Wire 400 content online, and of course, producing a special 400th edition of the 'zine!

Coming next month, the June edition of The Wire will be the magazine’s 400th issue. To celebrate, we’re getting together with a few friendly venues, promoters and festivals to co-present a series of live events under the Wire 400 banner.

In May these will include shows by The Necks, Matana Roberts and Hailu Mergia at London’s Jazz Cafe; Einstürzende Neubauten at Newcastle’s Boiler Shop; the trio of Keiji Haino, Merzbow and Balázs Pándi at Berlin’s St Elisabethkirche; the Syn/Cussion Festival For Percussion & Electronics, also in Berlin; the 4th Tomorrow Festival in Shenzhen, China; two evenings at London’s Iklectik Art Lab, with Electric Indigo and CRU magazine; and the Trip Metal Fest RVA! at Strange Matter in Richmond, Virginia. June shows under the Wire 400 banner include Baba Yaga’s Hut presentations of Melt-Banana at The Garage, and Zu, Tomaga and Pierre Bastien at London Fields Brewhouse; Saturnalia Festival at Milan's Macao; a one-off performance by Diamanda Galás at London’s Barbican; 33 33’s Aki Onda performance at South London Gallery; an all-day block party hosted by the High Focus label in Bristol; and the Terraforma Festival in Milan. More Wire 400 shows will be announced as they are confirmed between now and the end of June.

You can keep up to date about new additions to our 400th issue celebrations, from online features to special editions of our weekly radio show on Resonance FM, via our newsletters, and/or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Mixcloud.

The 400th issue of The Wire will be on sale from 11 May.

Thanks to all the above festivals, promoters, venues and musicians for helping The Wire mark its 400th issue. All events produced by organisations above – contact venues and promoters directly for ticket details.