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I Called Him Morgan London screenings

Swedish film maker Kasper Collin's acclaimed documentary about the star-crossed relationship between jazz trumpeter Lee Morgan and his common law wife Helen is screened in London this week.

Morgan was one of the most feted jazz musicians of the 1950s and 60s, recording extensively for the Blue Note label, but his life and career were blighted by drug addiction. He was shot dead by Helen in Slug’s Saloon in Manhattan, New York, in 1972, and I Called Him Morgan is a moving portrait of the couple's complex relationship leading up to that event.

Reviewing the film in The Wire 394, Derek Walmsley wrote: "There are many sad endings to the stories of musicians on Blue Note Records, but few are as shocking as Lee Morgan’s. Yet I Called Him Morgan, which centres on the second wind the trumpeter got from his partner after spiralling into heroin addiction in the mid- 1960s, carries an aura not of death but rebirth. By giving voice to collaborators and associates from across Morgan’s career, it transcends the tidy narrative arcs and tragic cliches of many jazz biopics, and has the unmistakable feeling of joyful lives lived to the full."

I Called Him Morgan screens at London Picturehouse Central on 26 and 31 July, and at London Bertha Dochouse on 28 July. NB The Wire will not be hosting the Q&A with Kasper Collin at the 26 July screening, as previously announced.

Laraaji to release two new albums this autumn

Following a series of reissues, Laraaji prepares two sets of new music for the All Saints label

Inspired by the renewed interest in his music and new age culture, the Harlem based electronic musician and laughter meditation practitioner Laraaji is set to release some new music this autumn. He has two albums in the pipeline, which follow reissues of 1984's Om Namah Shivaya on Leaving and the new age compilation I Am The Centre Private Issue New Age Music In America 1950–1990 on Light In The Attic. His current music was honed during recent live shows, deep listening sessions and appearances at various festivals such as Unsound and Moogfest.

Recorded with engineer Davey Jewell at Gary's Electric Studio in Brooklyn during August 2016, Laraaji produced nine hours of extended jams, which were then edited and mixed by Carlos Niño of Leaving.

The two releases are Sun Gong, comprised of two drone works exploring processed gong, and the double LP Bring On The Sun. Both will also be available in double disc format.

"Celestial music improvisation flows through my intuitive imagination,” declares Laraaji. “I feel my way through these spontaneous music and song compositions. They are gifts revealed by my undoing the ribbons of no longer essential thinking. As these ribbons fall away the gift of my authentic life, love and creative expression opens bathed through and through by a most timeless inner sunlight.”

Pre-order links: Bring On The Sun and Sun Gong. And you can watch a trailer below:

London day event for Unsound's Dislocation series

Unsound’s London Barbican dislocation includes The Caretaker, Liz Harris and Felicità in its line-up

Unsound festival extends its Dislocation series to London in December. The UK night follows similar Unsound dislocations in Almaty and Minsk, with more events to come in Murmansk, L’viv and Kazan. Taking over the Barbican Centre, Unsound Dislocation: London will explore geography and identity through freshly commissioned works, premieres and collaborations.

Participating artists include Nivhek aka Liz Harris with MFO, The Caretaker performing in the UK for the first time in six years with a video from Weirdcore, and Felicità joined by Śląsk Song And Dance Ensemble to perform a specially commissioned work. And Rabih Beaini will DJ through the night.

The event will take place on 8 December. Tickets costing £22.50–17.50 go on sale on 21 July (Barbican members can can grab one from 20 July).

Barreiro's OUT.FEST announces dates

Artists this year include This Is Not This Heat, Simon Crabb and others

Portugal festival OUT.FEST has announced dates and the first list of artists to perform at this year's event. Happening in Barreiro, a city just across the river from Lisbon, it'll take place between 4–7 October at various venues. Artists announced are This Is Not This Heat, Jejuno, The Pere Ubu Moon Unit, Casa Futuro, Nocturnal Emissions, Simon Crabb, Jonathan Uliel Saldanha & Coral Tab + Coro Be Voice and Bookworms.

Tickets are available now for 25€. Watch a short documentary of Les Graciés as they record, compose and perform the finished product at the 2016 edition.

Pablo Picco of Ø+yn soundtracks travel film with Argentine experimental music

Filmed in India and Nepal, the experimental documentary Kalinga Utkal follows Picco's journeys to the heart of the subcontinent’s Buddhist and Hindu cities

Pablo Picco of experimental folk group Ø+yn has made a travel film soundtracked by an array of Argentine alternative musicians. Called Kalinga Utkal, the film documents Hindu and Buddhist cultures in India and Nepal. Musical contributors include Pan Del Indio, Calato, Ø+yn, Mariano Rodriguez, and Uton, among others; but an audio recording of a Tashi Ling Buddhist ceremony will be released separately as The Bombastic And Repetitive Sound Of Tashi Ling Buddhas In Pokhara, Nepal on the More Mars label.

“The temple was somewhat small but the voices and the mood was very, very strong,” recalls Picco, when asked about the recording of that ceremony. “The recordings were made on a day they call ‘happy holy’, which is the international celebration of colours. At the beginning of that record, the recordings were made outside the temple. Getting there was pretty odd because it was VERY dark and the road was in some ways creepy.

“We woke up around 4am and drove by motorbike,” he continues. “But at some point we became very lost in the fog on the dark road… not a single soul was there at that hour... so we drove further and further hoping to get to some meeting point or something.

“Luckily we made it to the temple. We weren’t allowed to enter until the first callings were made – that’s the sound of horns at the beginning of the record – and then when the gong started, a monk inside opened the gate for us.

“The other sounds present on the disc were recorded the same day at the Pewa Tai Lake. Also the part of the clock and the crowd was recorded outside that cave too while they were touching and celebrating with a man that has special powers.”

You can watch the film below:

Ø+yn were featured on the 2015 Buh Records compilation ¡Salgan Al Sol!: Avant-Rock En La Argentina Del Siglo XXI, reviewed by Kek-W in The Wire 380. Subscribers can read his piece via Exact Editions.

Previously unreleased V/Vm recordings made available

V/Vm and Boomkat pay tribute to a rarely celebrated strand of Manchester's rave folklore

The fifth release in Boomkat Editions’ 12x12 series is a mixed and chopped set of James Kirby’s 2006 recordings as V/Vm. Called The Brabant Shrobbelèr, it’s a 20 minute selection of previously unreleased new beat tributes compiled and sequenced by Jerk van den Boschalottt and mixed by Demdike Stare's Miles Whittaker.

Stockport born Kirby is paying homage to the genre which, in Boomkat record shop’s words, is the “black sheep of Manchester’s dance music canon”.

“New Beat was a crucial part of the Manc Dance make-up, most often mixed up with Chicago, Detroit and New York house, and whatever UK bleeps and boops were bubbling through at that time. James Kirby aka V/Vm is all too aware of the fact,” states Boomkat, “and thanks to the influence and legendary DJ sets of V/Vm card holder Acid Alan – whose new beat collection spilled over the racks at a now defunct NQ record shop – its memory and place in Manchester’s rave folklore has been preserved by only a select few souls who really-cannot-be-fucking-chuffed with the constantly regurgitated putative history of our city’s club and warehouse culture.”

New Beat: Brabant Schrobbelèr is released today as a limited edition 12".

An illustrated history of sound recording to be published at the end of July

The Art Of Sound: A Visual History For Audiophiles documents the evolution from acoustic to digital recording during the last 160 years

The Art Of Sound: A Visual History For Audiophiles will be published at the end of July. Including inventor biographies of Emile Berliner, Thomas Stockham and more, author Terry Burrows’s text focuses on key changes in the evolution of recording. Ranging from Scott de Martinville's invention of the phonautograph in 1857 to the present day, it surveys four eras of recorded sound history: acoustic (1877–1924), electrical (1925–45), magnetic (1946–74) and digital (1975 onwards).

Illustrated with hundreds of archival photographs and various facsimile blueprints gathered from around the world, the book is published by Thames & Hudson in collaboration with the EMI Archive Trust on 27 July.

Turmoil is the theme for the next Berlin CTM festival

The 19th edition of CTM will run from 26 January–4 February 2018. It’s already open to submissions for its fifth Radio Lab Call

Describing its 19th edition as its last teenage year, Berlin’s CTM festival will mark its coming of age by making turmoil its central theme.

It expands on last year's Fear Love Anger theme, asking, “What is the sound of turmoil? What are aesthetics of tumult? What to do with such intensities? Which other sonic and musical responses could we conceive of to counter the current overload of agitation, anxiety and animosity?”

The theme continues the festival's inquiry into sound and music's potential to educate and drive resilience during a period which organisers see as marked by a normalisation of political, social and environmental crisis, all of which results in “unsettling feelings that resonate through our on and offline lives”.

Meanwhile, the fifth edition of CTM’s Radio Lab Call is now open for submissions. It’s sent out an open invitation to submit ideas that bring radio art and live performance or installation together based around the idea of turmoil. The commissioned work will premiere at the festival and then be broadcast as part of Deutschlandfunk Kultur’s Klangkunst programme. The Österreichischer Rundfunk (Austrian Broadcasting Corporation) will then present the winning pieces via one or more of its platforms. More information can be found on CTM's website.

Running from 26 January–4 February, the CTM festival will include club events and concerts as well as day time lectures, talks, exhibitions and the sixth edition of MusicMakers Hacklab. It will take place at various Berlin venues, taking in new and veteran partners such as Berghain, HAU Hebbel am Ufer and Kunstquartier Bethanien. The first wave of confirmed artists will be revealed in early October.

Belgium festival Meakusma takes place in September

The festival has announced its line-up and the addition of three new stages in the city of Eupen

The second Meakusma Festival will take place in the city of Eupen between 8–10 September. This year it has added three new stages at Friedenskirche, Ikob and a small street that is said to have “a very specific acoustic quality”. That makes a total of eight festival stages accommodating a programme jointly arranged by the Goethe-Institut Brüssel, reiheM, Dublab Radio, Ben Ufo and Les Ateliers Claus.

The line-up includes Brian Close & Justin Tipp as The Georgia Big Band featuring Sun Araw, M Geddes Gengras, Matt Werth, Kiki Kudo and Blazer Soundsystem, all of which will also perform solo. Other artists and events confirmed are Mary Ocher, Jace Clayton presenting The Julius Eastman Memorial Dinner as well as performing as DJ /rupture, Myriam von Imschoot & Doreen Kutzke, Lena Willikens & Sarah Szczesny presenting the audiovisual project The Phantom Kino Ballet, Lawrence, RDVS, Rie Nakajima, and more. There will also be a Dublab room hosting lectures and panel discussions.

Hostel, hotel, camping and B&B accommodation is available. More information and tickets can be found at the festival website.

Darkstar collaborate with Liverpool's migrant communities

The duo have teamed up with the artist platform Metal on the new project that works with young adults aged 13–19

The artist laboratory Metal and Darkstar have announced a new sound project working with young adults in Liverpool's migrant communities. The project comes off the back of their 2015 Foam Island album released by Warp in 2015, where the duo used samples from interviews they had made with residents of Huddersfield in West Yorkshire, England.

Now the duo will work with 13–19 year olds at Harthill Youth Centre in Wavertree, Merseyside. The installation and final composition will be the result of several residencies Darkstar have run at Harthill. Their work reaches out to young people in the area, over 75 per cent of whom are from Eastern European communities including Slovaks, Czechs and members of the Roma community, a third of them living in poverty. The aim is to encourage them to discuss such topics as migration, Brexit, music, family and community.

“The work we have managed to accomplish at Harthill in collaboration with the kids that came to the sessions has been an incredible experience,” declare Darkstar. “From gaining insights into how their own communities interact with Liverpool we have managed to create something that is a true reflection of a nuanced landscape that is evolving rapidly.”

Working in conjunction with Metal's Different Trains 1947, the final piece will be presented as an interactive sound installation at Edge Hill Station this September, plus live music on 27 September, before moving to London Barbican Centre and Magnetic Fields festival in India. Cieron Magat has also been commissioned to make a short film about the project.