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Le Guess Who? announces first 87 acts for 2019

The festival includes programmes curated by Jenny Hval, The Bug, Patrick Higgins, Moon Duo, Fatoumata Diawara and Iris van Herpen & Salvador Breed

This year’s Le Guess Who? festival will take place between 7–10 November in the Netherlands city of Utrecht. The first batch of participating artists already announced includes a rare performance from singer and actor Asha Puthli who, among other things, was vocalist on Ornette Coleman’s 1972 album Science Fiction. Other rare appearances include khayál master Ustad Saami and Ethio-groove performer Ayalew Mesfin with The Debo Band.

As usual Le Guess Who? has selected a number of artists to curate some of its festival programmes: Jenny Hval, The Bug, Patrick Higgins, Moon Duo, Fatoumata Diawara and Iris van Herpen & Salvador Breed.

Other artists confirmed include: Bbymutha, Bridget Hayden, Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids, Michele Mercure, Träd, Gräs och Stenar (Träden), Caspar Brötzmann Massaker, Earth, Godflesh, Jah Shaka Sound System, Mala, King Midas Sound, Felicia Atkinson, Lasse Marhaug, Lolina, Richard Youngs, Sarah Davachi, Sofia Jernberg, Stine Janvin, Tyondai Braxton, Acid Mothers Temple, Angel Bat Dawid, Eiko Ishibashi, Khana Bierbood, Makaya McCraven, Negativland, The Raincoats, and more.

Day tickets are on sale now from €43. In cooperation with The Dutch Council for Refugees’ Grant an Entry initiative, Le Guess Who? gives visitors the option to buy an additional day ticket for a refugee living in The Netherlands.

Support pours in for Pauline Anna Strom

A fundraising page has been launched following Strom’s fall at her San Francisco home

RVNG Intl and friends are raising money for US electronic music composer Pauline Anna Strom following a fall in her apartment in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco in which she fractured her hip. Strom has already had surgery and spent a month at Jewish Home & Rehab Center, all of which was covered by insurance. She is said to be recovering well and has returned home. however she now needs financial help to get the continued support needed. Full details can be found on the GoFundMe page.

In 2017 RVNG Intl released Strom's Trans-Millenia Music, a collection of sound explorations recorded in the 1980s in the apartment where she still lives. She had apparently recorded some new music prior to her fall, which the label hopes to release via Bandcamp to help raise funds.

The money raised to date is $7500.

John Zorn attempts to recoup losses from Pledge Music bankruptcy

A series of limited edition releases hopes to recover costs from the 11 CD box set

Last year John Zorn released the mammoth 11 album box set project The Book Beriah. The collection houses a total of 92 compositions in the form of interpretations of music written by Zorn and marks the completion of 25-year project the Masada songbook.

Although released on Zorn's label Tzadik, a crowdfunding campaign hosted by Pledge Music to help fund the project now faces huge losses in light of Pledge Music's bankruptcy earlier this month.

“The Book Beriah 11 CD box set was a labor of love, three years in the making, and we put a huge amount of Tzadik funding into making it happen” says Zorn. “Sadly our distribution platform PLEDGE MUSIC ripped us (and hundreds of other artists) off and we will NOT be paid a single penny from their sales.”

To help offset the loss the label has initiated a limited edition vinyl series. “Please help us by purchasing the collection”, he says. “Thanks to you all for your continued support!”

Releases chosen for reissue were selected by Zorn, signed by Zorn and include original artwork. Included is Masada The Best Of Sanhedrin, Nove Cantici Per Francesco D’Assisi, The Last Judgement and Alhambra Love Songs.

NPR reports that Zorn lost a total of $197,559.

Founder of Chineke! lectures on diversity in orchestras

Chi-chi Nwanoku OBE’s upcoming talk Changing Perceptions: A Glimpse Of Tomorrow’s Orchestras takes place on 28 May at City, University of London

City, University of London’s Department of Music will host a talk featuring double bassist and chamber musician Chi-chi Nwanoku in conversation with Head of Music Professor Laudan Nooshin about diversity in music within academia and professional music making.

Both musician and educator, Nwanoku is the founder of the Chineke! Foundation that was launched in 2015 in support of black and minority ethnic classical musicians working in the UK and Europe. The following year saw the launch of its parallel orchestra, The Chineke! Orchestra and sister ensemble The Chineke! Junior Orchestra, a youth orchestra of black and minority ethnic (BME) players aged between 11–18. Senior players also act as mentors and teachers to the younger musicians.

“My aim is to create a space where BME musicians can walk on stage and know that they belong, in every sense of the word,” says Nwanoku. “If even one BME child feels that their colour is getting in the way of their musical ambitions, then I hope to inspire them, give them a platform, and show them that music, of whatever kind, is for all people.”

Chineke!, conducted by Wayne Marshall, made their debut performance at London’s Southbank Centre in September 2015. And earlier this year Chineke! Orchestra performed with Carl Craig at London Royal Albert Hall.

Changing Perceptions: A Glimpse Of Tomorrow’s Orchestras talk will take place on 28 May.

Brand new annual two day festival in Stroud

Local independent arts magazine launches Hidden Notes in September

A new annual event at St Laurence Church in Stroud, Gloucestershire has launched. Called Hidden Notes, it is run by the local independent arts magazine Good On Paper and has a focus on contemporary classical and avant garde composers.

Labels showcased include Erased Tapes, One Little Indian, Bedroom Community, 130701/Fat Cat Records, Touch and Prah Recordings. Artists on the line-up are Manu Delago Ensemble, Daniel Pioro and Valgeir Sigurdsson, Emily Hall and Mandel, Group Listening, Lubomyr Melnyk, Hatis Noit, Claire M Singer, Spindle Ensemble and Emilie Levienaise-Farrouch.

Hidden Notes Vol 1 takes place from 28–29 September.

Heroines of Sound Festival returns to Berlin in July

Antye Greie, Elsa M’bala, Annesley Black and The Lappetites all on the bill

This year's Heroines of Sound Festival says it sets to break down taboos and borders, examine aesthetic norms and and alter perceptions. Running since 2014, the event is all about rediscovering women in music and increasing the public presence of both pioneers and contemporary electronic musicians. The longterm goal, organisers say, is “strengthening the proportion of woman artists in the music branch both nationally and internationally”.

The line-up this time around features Antye Greie, Elsa M’bala, Carola Bauckholt, Annesley Black, Charo Calvo, The Lappetites, LUX:NM, Laura Mello, Sukitoa o Namau, Judit, Varga, Oxana Omelchuk, Lisa Streich, Maja Osojnik, Gabriele Stellbaum, Andrea Szigetvári, Irena Tomažin, Márta Murányi, QEEI, Zavoloka, Ronda de Mujeres, Melina Serser, Carolina Mandía, Adriana a Navarro and Manuela Vilano.

Heroines of Sound will take place between 12 & 14 July at Radialsystem, Berlin.

Moog Symposium happening in Guildford

Connecting Bob Moog with contemporary practices in modular synthesis

A Moog symposium will take place on 24 and 25 May at the University of Surrey’s music department and as part of Guildford International Music Festival. Based in Guildford, the school has been home to the Moog Sound Lab UK for the past three years, hosting a series of artist residencies and student workshops.

The 24 May will see a performance from eMego's Peter Rehberg aka Pita and Russell Haswell. Following that will be a daylong programme on 25 May including a Japanese flyer exhibition; a contemporary modular synth manufacturer talk; a lecture from Paul Purgas on India’s first experimental electronic music studio; a roundtable discussion on modular synthesisers in live performance with Tony Myatt, Haswell and Rehberg; and a modular synth demo. All this will culminate with a live evening performance from Finlay Shakespeare who will be playing a Moog System 55 and other modular synthesisers.

Full details can be found on the University of Surrey website.

ClubTogether asks for your memories

The people behind Acid House Love Blueprint launch collaborative mapping project

Following on from Dorothy’s Acid House Love Blueprint poster series, the Liverpool based art studio has launched an online memory map project. The web app asks partygoers to share their clubbing memories via an interactive map documenting eras, places and clubs.

“It’s early days but we’re loving the responses we are getting” says company director Ali Johnson. “As well as clubbers, DJs are getting involved too.” Johnson's favourite contribution to date comes from Tim Sinclair who recalls a conversation at Manchester's The Haçienda. “Chatted to Bernard Sumner once in 1983: I asked him what the new single was and he said, cocking his heard to the speakers: ‘this is it!’ ‘What's it called?’ ’Blue Monday.’ ‘Fuck me. It's a bit disco!’ I said, and he disappeared into the darkness.”

Via the app users can explore existing contributions, add their own memories and submit new listings. “No club is too big or too small and no memory is to old or too new to be included” they confirm.

The volume of memories is visually represented by a collection of tags that increase in size to coincide with the amount of entries.

To have a browse or participate go to clubtogether.me.

Performance festival Block Universe starts this month

Ravioli Me Away performs opera The View From Behind The Futuristic Rose Trellis and Paul Maheke & Melika Ngombe Kolongo present Sènsa

Performance art festival Block Universe will return to London from 18 May to 2 June featuring a 14 day programme of new work, premieres, talks, screenings and workshops.

This year marks its fifth anniversary and the first time the event will host a sister programme in Germany. Taking place later this year during Berlin Art Week, the line up for the German edition is yet to be announced, but we do know it will take place at a new venue, the former power station E-WERK Luckenwalde.

Block Universe’s 2019 curatorial theme explores the concept of internal and external ‘world-making’, looking at, they explain, “the diverse environments we create for ourselves to exist within, whether those be mental, physical or virtual spaces.”

The London programme will see performances from Ravioli Me Away with a brand new opera The View From Behind The Futuristic Rose Trellis (1 June); an afternoon of poetry readings at Whitechapel Gallery (18 May); Sophie Jung performing an adaption of her installation piece The Bigger Sleep – rehush (hush) (various dates); and Paul Maheke & Melika Ngombe Kolongo present Sènsa, a performance using African cosmology from the Bantu-Kongo (29 & 30 May).

The full line up can be found on the Block Universe website.

Thirty Three Thirty Three reactivates record label

“The label sets out to exist as an extension of the innovative work and reputation of 33-33”

London event promoter Thirty Three Thirty Three have announced new releases on their 33-33 record label, with its official launch coming three years since its debut release – a live recording of Ryuichi Sakamoto and Taylor Deupree performing at St John-at-Hackney Church.

Three albums are out next month. The first is London experimental musician Ben Vince’s Don’t Give Your Life on 14 June, followed the next week by Keiji Haino and Charles Hayward’s A Loss Permitted, to open one’s eyes…, and the week after Oren Amabarchi, Mark Fell, Sam Shalabi and Will Guthrie’s Oglon Day.

“I first worked with 33-33 when I performed at an event of theirs in Peckham, which was being live-streamed by Dommune back to Japan,” says Vince. “Having always been attentive to my movements and to nurturing new artists, I was really excited to hear they were creating a label... the diversity and breadth of style in the upcoming releases that is tied together with an experimental focus is really something special that the world deserves to hear.”

Vince's album launch will happen on 27 June at The Victoria in Dalston.