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Actions For Free Jazz label marks fresh start for Smalltown Superjazzz

The sister operation to Smalltown Supersound relaunches under new name

Smalltown Supersound has launched a new vinyl focussed free jazz subsidiary label. Called Actions For Free Jazz, it plans to build on the heritage of Supersound subsidiary Smalltown Superjazzz, which ran between 2005–12. The latter was finally put to bed because founder Joakim Haugland “didn’t feel the label any longer”.

The new imprint cites BYG Actuel, Incus, Freedom and ESP-Disk’ labels as inspirations, even as it takes its name from Don Cherry & Krystzof Penderecki’s The New Eternal Rhythm Orchestra track “Actions For Free Jazz Orchestra” on Actions (1971)/ Actions For Free Jazz, or AFJ-Series for short, will press all its releases in limited vinyl editions of 500 copies, with sleeve art designed by Kim Hiorthøy, and Haugland and Lasse Marhaug acting as producers.

Its first releases include Christian Marclay & Mats Gustafsson’s Link, Joe McPhee & Paal Nilssen-Love’s Lift Every Voice And Sing, EYE & Mats Gustafsson’s And Now… and the compilation Actions For Free Jazz.

Raven Chacon mini-festival this weekend

The Toronto happening is presented by Arraymusic and Native Women In The Arts

The Raven Chacon Mini-Festival at Toronto’s The Music Gallery runs from 12–14 April. Participating artists and musicians include Chacon, Laura Ortman, Suzanne Kite, Cheryl L’Hirondelle, C_RL (Allison Cameron, Nicole Rampersaud and Germaine Liu), Olivia Shortt, Carmina Escobar and the Array ensemble.

Saturday sees the world premiere of Chacon’s For Zitkála-Šá, a work dedicated to the Dakota violin teacher and activist, who was also the librettist of The Sun Dance Opera (1913) – the first American Indian opera.

The weekend’s performances will be streamed live. More information can be found at The Music Gallery website.

FUSE reissues Dimension Intrusion and Train-Tracs

Richie Hawtin and the Vinyl Factory celebrate the 25th anniversary of his FUSE project with a £300 box set

Richie Hawtin and The Vinyl Factory will reissue Dimension Intrusion and Train-Tracs in a limited edition vinyl box set priced at £300. Both albums were originally released under Hawtin’s FUSE moniker in 1993. This new edition belatedly marks their 25th anniversary.

Also included in Dimensions is a previously unreleased album Computer Space (recorded in 1993), prints of artwork by Richie’s brother Matthew Hawtin and a booklet of historical text and imagery.

It's released on 14 April and is available for pre-order now.

New series explores states of non-equilibrium

Time Krystal takes place this summer in Berlin with Hanna Hartmann, Stine Janvin, Lucy Railton, and more

The new music event series Time Krystal: Music In Non-Equilibrium launches this month at Berlin’s Kantine Am Berghain. Taking inspiration from the time crystal, or space-time crystal – a structure that repeats in time and space – the series looks at states of non-equilibrium.

Curated by Boris Baltschun, it’s described as “a laboratory for musical experiments that render non-equilibrium audible”. Here 12 Berlin based musicians and groups will delve into states of continuous change in sound. They include: Hanna Hartmann, Hanno Leichtmann and Gamut Inc (19 April); Julia Reidy, ercklentz neumann and Jan Jelinek (24 May); Stine Janvin, The Pitch and Jessica Ekomane (21 June); Lucy Railton, Lucio Capece and Jasmine Guffond (12 July).

More information can be found on their website.

Helm announces new LP on Pan and shares track “I Knew You Would Respond”

Chemical Flowers features string arrangements by JG Thirlwell aka Foetus

Luke Younger’s new LP as Helm is called Chemical Flowers and it will be released by Pan next month. The album shares a similar vision of the urban environment as its 2015 predecessor Olympic Mess.

The core of the album was made by Younger working alone at No studio in the Essex countryside. It also features string parts arranged and recorded by JG Thirlwell aka Foetus, with additional cello from Lucinda Chua and saxophone from Karl D’Silva.

Listen to the lead track “I Knew You Would Respond”. Chemical Flowers is released on 17 May.

Supernormal resumes and announces open call

Following a year-long hiatus, the sold out event has put out an open call for six artists to participate in a residency in June

Supernormal festival has returned after a year-long hiatus. The annual independent festival had been running for eight years before it decided to take some time out, giving organisers the space to explore strategies for making the event financially sustainable.

Returning to its usual haunt at Braziers Park in Oxfordshire between 2–4 August, the event has already sold out, whilst the line-up is yet to be announced.

Also to note is an open call for six artists to take up residence at the park between 17–24 June. The outcome will see new works performed on site during the festival. Deadline is 14 April. More information can be found on the Supernormal website.

Avant garde Eurovision held in London

EuroNoize sets to bring 11 bands of “punx and weirdos” together in May

On 23 May London venue Scala will host an avant garde Eurovision. EuroNoize is the idea of curators Pil and Galia Kollectiv who have a “grotesque fascination” with the popular international song contest broadcast live on TV annually. For this event however, the pair want to bring 11 bands of “punx and weirdos” together in front of a live audience to compete in a celebration of the obscure. From Russia to Ireland (not including the UK due to Brexit) the artists set to perform include Felix Kubin, Winnie Puhh, Asian Women On The Telephone and Sissy.

Last year EuroNoize organised a conference at Reading University on DIY music in Europe.

The EuroNoize competition will also be streamed live online so people not at the event are able to vote.

Red Bull Music Academy to close

After a 20 year partnership, Red Bull and consultation company Yadastar cease to operate Red Bull Music Academy and Red Bull Radio

RBMA and Red Bull Radio will cease operations in 2019, reports Resident Advisor. Staff working for the music offshoot of the energy drink company were informed of the news last week, while today saw an announcement via Yadastar, the consulting company who looked after the creative and curatorial sides of the project. Red Bull Music does not partner with Yadastar however, and will continue to operate.

Red Bull told RA: “After 20 years of supporting artists worldwide with its music program in a rapidly changing world, Red Bull will maintain its purpose of providing a global platform to promote creativity—but it is changing the means of delivery. Red Bull will be moving away from a strongly centralized approach, will gradually phase out the existing structure and will implement a new setup which empowers existing Red Bull country teams and utilises local expertise. Red Bull will continue to explore new ways to support promising and cutting-edge artists wherever they may be.”

RBMA was cofounded by Torsten Schmidt and Many Ameri of Yadastar in 1998. The academies took place annually in cities including Montréal, London, São Paulo, Cape Town, Madrid, Barcelona,Tokyo, Paris, Dublin, New York, Rome and others.

“Yadastar and Red Bull have mutually agreed to part ways”, reads a statement from Yadastar. “We have had the privilege to work with some of the brightest and most talented people in the world. So, we want to use this opportunity to thank all of the people who have made this journey possible.”

Hundreds of artists have gone through RBMA including OG LULLABIES, Corey K, Palms Trax, Lafawndah, Mumdance, WIFE, Objekt and kidkanevil. A full list of alumni can be found on their website, where you can also see a selection of recordings from their lecture series.

ALE release music by Martin Bartlett and share track

The label run by The Wire contributor Jennifer Lucy Allan and James Ginzburg returns with a rare collection of live recordings and orchestral works from Terry Riley’s and Pandit Pran Nath’s associate Bartlett

Arc Light Editions will release two albums by the late British electronic musician Martin Bartlett: a sketchbook of live recordings titled Anecdotal Electronics and a collection of electroacoustic and orchestral works called Ankle On.

Born in Croydon in 1939, Bartlett spent much of his life in Canada. He studied under Terry Riley and Pandit Pran Nath, and his acquaintances included Pauline Oliveros, John Cage and David Tudor. He made instruments, regularly working with Don Buchla, and in 1968 invented the black box modular synthesizer with William Hearn. A prolific writer, he penned prose recalling sailing trips, among other writings, as well as academic articles. He also co-founded the Vancouver arts space The Western Front. Yet in spite of all his activities, his work has gone relatively unnoticed. A new wave of interest in Bartlett the musician came a few years ago when artist and film maker Luke Fowler found himself watching a tape of him performing in 1982. “I was struck by a few things,” he said. “The diversity of the music performed (going from intense noise to micro-tuned aleatoric patterns, and melodies to spoken word and acoustic instruments) [...] and the bizarre performance practices associated with the antediluvian analogue/digital instruments played (the black box, a Serge modular and Bartlett’s short-lived homebrew computercontrolled digital synth, the Apogee motor).” Fowler eventually made the film Electro-Pythagorus (as featured in The Wire 401), which followed Bartlett's his life from 1986–92. Bartlett died of an AIDS related illness in 1993.

Anecdotal Electronics and Ankle On are available for pre-order now. Listen to “Muscle Music” below.

Live Arts Week VIII kicks off in April

The festival happens over two weekends in Bologna

Now in its eighth edition, this year’s Live Arts Week will take place between 4–7 and 11–13 April at various venues across the city of Bologna. The event will revolve around the presence and perceptual experience of bodies, movements, sounds and visions, say the organisers.

“Live Arts Week gives space to 'existential athletics’,” they continue. “It does not put art before the artists, but exposes to forms of sensitivity and ideas, welcomes hybrid and polyglot works, hosts creative singularity, weaving a sort of counter design of use.”

The Live Arts Week line-up includes Marcelo Evelin, Simon Vincenzi, Michele Rizzo, Billy Bultheel, Stine Janvin, Catherine Christer Hennix, Ellen Arkbro & Markus Pal, Doro Bengala, Barokthegreat, Sorour Darabi and Gelateria Sogni di Ghiaccio & friends. More information can be found on their website.