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Actress signs to Decca and completes Stockhausen project

Actress joins Max Richter, Clark and Will Gregory on Decca

Decca Publishing has announced they've added Darren J Cunningham aka Actress to their books, “signalling” as Executive Vice President Natasha Baldwin says, their “absolute commitment to building long and illustrious careers for the most talented composers out there”.

In other news, he's also completed the Southbank Centre and Holland Festival commission Actress x Stockhausen Sin {x} II, a new composition for voice, AI and electronics, following on from his AI debut as Young Paint.

Said to be a reimagining of Karlheinz Stockhausen's Welt-Parlament (1995), the one-off live performance features recordings of a load of MPs discussing love in the House of Lords during the Brexit negotiations. He'll be joined on stage by Italian pianist and Stockhausen alumna Vanessa Benelli Mosell, the Netherlands Chamber Choir and conductor Robert Ames. It will premiere at London’s Royal Festival Hall on 14 May.

According to Cunningham, more projects are on their way, from commissioned work to new technologies he's currently developing.

Grime instrumental London to Addis released by No Hats No Hoods

Featuring tracks by Dexplicit, Ignorants, J Beatz, Proc Fiskal and JT The Goon, the label shares one of its tracks “Hyenas Of Harar” by Shudan

A new compilation on No Hats No Hoods fuses Grime instrumentals with traditional Ethiopian instruments, scales and time signatures.

Artists on the release include Dexplicit, Ignorants, J Beatz, TC4, JT The Goon, Wize, Shudan, Proc Fiskal and Captain Over. Recorded over a week in Addis Ababa, the four instruments heard across the release are a single-stringed fiddle called the masinko, a five-stringed lyre called the krar, a bamboo flute known as the washint, and a selection of drums. Also featured are traditional vocalists.

“My favourite instrument to work with was the washint, as Ermias Nadew plays with a real freedom” explains Dexplicit. “The challenge for making my track was keeping this vibe and freedom whilst making it fit with a 140bpm Grime track which I really enjoyed”

The release is the first part of No Hats No Hoods Ethiopiyawi Meets Grime collaboration with Ethiopian Records that was awarded a new Art new Audiences (nAnA) grant from the British Council in 2017. Coming up as part of the project is a live performance in Addis Abba, a documentary, freestyles and vocal projects featuring Kenyan, Ethiopian and UK musicians.

From 25 February, parts of the recording sessions will be made available to download for the purpose of making new tracks. Four additional bonus tracks from the project will be made available on the No Hats No Hoods Bandcamp. The release is out on 14 March.

Listen to Shudan “Hyenas Of Harar”.

1976 poetry reading by Velvet Underground's Angus MacLise is released on tape

Counter Culture Chronicles captures a reading at the Millennium Poetry and Multimedia Performance in New York City, three years before his death

Unearthed poetry readings by the American occultist, publisher, drummer and founder member of Velvet Underground have been released. A member of La Monte Young's The Theatre Of Eternal Music, Angus MacLise also founded Dead Language Press alongside Piero Heliczer, and co-founded the Spirit Catcher Bookshop in Kathmandu, where he had moved with his wife Hetty McGee and son Ossian in the early 1970s. He would live in Nepal until his death in 1979, aged 41.

In 1976 MacLise travelled to New York City and read poetry to a backdrop of Nepalese music at the Millennium Poetry and Multimedia Performance on 17 September, the recordings of which can be heard on this Counter Culture Chronicles cassette.

Angus MacLise's The Kathmandu Cycle features laser printed J-card and insert and is available to order via

Released on his own Dreamweapon Press in 1974, and reissued by Sub Rosa in 2003, listen to “Four Speed Trance” from The Cloud Doctrine, featuring John Cale and Tony Conrad.

Inaugural edition of Gilles Peterson's We Out Here festival launched

The event brings Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids, Gary Bartz, Theo Parrish, Sons Of Kemet, Nubya Garcia and Kojey Radical to Cambridgeshire in August

Gilles Peterson, Brownwood and Worldwide FM will be staging We Out Here: A Worldwide Family Gathering at the former home of Secret Garden Party at Abbots Ripton in Cambridgeshire. It will be the first public festival happening at the site since 2017.

The line-up so far confirmed showcases a mix of electronic and jazz musicians including Gary Bartz, Idris Ackamoor, Sons Of Kemet and The Comet Is Coming, Kokoroko, Moses Boyd, Kojey Radical, Children Of Zeus, Call Super, Objekt, Josey Rebelle, Skee Mask, Theo Parrish, Adrian Sherwood & Horace Andy, Francois K and Mike Dunn, plus Channel One Soundsystem and Dennis Bovell. Food, drink, wellbeing activities, talks and family activities are scheduled to be announced soon.

Festivalgoers are invited to camp on site or arrange their own accommodation elsewhere. Boutique camping is also available. The festival runs from 15–18 August. Tickets start at £156.

Shelter Press publish first volume of Spectres

The inaugural edition in new series features contributions from François Bayle, Drew Daniel, Brunhild Ferrari, Eliane Radigue, Chris Watson and others

Composer L’écoute/Composing Listening is the first volume of Spectres, a new annual series about to be launched by Shelter Press. Published in both French and English, the book is conceived as both “a prism and a manual”, featuring essays by musicians, composers, field recordists and sound artists.

“Following the ‘traditional’ arc of electroacoustic composition (listen–record–compose–deploy–feel), each of the contributions collected together here focuses in on a personal aspect, a fragment of that thrilling territory that is sonic and musical experimentation,” say Shelter Press, describing the practice as “first and foremost a spirit, the spirit of the exploration of unknown territories, a spirit of invention”.

Contributors include Félicia Atkinson, François Bayle, François J Bonnet, Drew Daniel, Brunhild Ferrari, Beatriz Ferreyra, Stephen O’Malley, Jim O’Rourke, Eliane Radigue, Régis Renouard Larivière, Espen Sommer Eide, Daniel Teruggi and Chris Watson.

Spectres: Composer L’écoute/Composing Listening was compiled by François J Bonnet of INA GRM and Bartolomé Sanson from Shelter Press. It's printed with a thread-sewn soft cover and comes in a print run of 1200. It's published on 7 March.

Turquazz Festival launches in March

The new festival brings two weeks of Anatolian jazz and roots culture to London

Aiming to shine a light on Anatolian jazz and roots culture from Turkey and surrounding regions, Turquazz Festival takes place at various venues across London from 13–30 March, with concerts, DJ sets, film screenings and talks, as well as a pop-up dining hall.

The festival's aim isn’t to define Anatolian jazz and roots music, says director Batu Akyol. “It’s the first edition and we really wanted to give London the ABC of Anatolian jazz,” he explains. “The programme is full of personality with a familiar jazz language yet with its own Anatolian twist. Music, food, cinema, dance and talks – there’s really something for everyone.”

The line-up includes Erkan Ogur’s Anatolian Blues Project, Yarkin Duo, The Origins featuring Baris Demirel & Tolga Zafer Özdemir, and Can Cankaya & Kagan Yildiz. Screenings at East London Dalston’s Rio cinema include Akyol’s Jazz In Turkey, Sercan Sezgin’s Nublu, Nezih Unen’s Lost Songs Of Anatolia and Serdar Kokceoglu’s MIMAROGLU. Featuring Debora Ipekel, the closing party will be held at Brilliant Corners.

The full festival line-up can be found on their website.

Night club flyer book launches crowdfunding campaign

Mike Pendegast chronicles rave promos in Flying Over England

A crowdfunding campaign has been launched to fund a new book by rave documenter Mike Pendegast. Called Flying Over England, it’s a history of club night flyers and posters from the 1980s and 1990s, a time when Pendegast was travelling to raves up and down the country. The publication is divided into two volumes. The first features more than 150 pages of flyers, and in the second Pendegast gives his account of that era.

“1991–93 was the golden age of rave art with flyers developing from photocopied, black and white scribbles of the late 80s to highly elaborate works of illustration,” declares the Kiss Kiss Bank Bank campaign page, where the book can be pre-ordered with a full refund guarantee if its target is not reached.

At the time of writing 41 per cent of the total has been achieved, with 21 days to go. The book is published in collaboration with Dukes Editions, and you can see a selection of its flyers in The Wire's online gallery.

“Graphic art provides the input and the output will sound literally unheard of,” says Letra / Tone festival

This March Andrea Belfi & sound artist Jessica Ekomane, Demdike Stare, and Schneider TM will present interpretations of works by graphic artists

Between 8 & 10 March, Radialsystem in Berlin will host Letra/Tone Festival for Graphics and Music. The experimental festival will have a host of artists interpreting works provided by a roster of international graphic artists through a set of performances and an accompanying exhibition.

Following in the footsteps of composers like Earle Brown, Morton Feldman, John Cage or Karlheinz Stockhausen, the festival hopes to pick up where they left off, continuing the tradition of experimenting with alternative notational systems.

Artists on the line up include Andrea Belfi & sound artist Jessica Ekomane, Demdike Stare, percussionist Robyn Schulkowsky, turntablist Dieb 13, JASSS, electro duo Blotter Trax (Magda and TB Arthur), Magda Mayas, Schneider TM and Jimi Tenor & Nefertyti.

Graphic scores will be provided by Anke Fesel, Daniela Burger, Joe Gilmore, Julie Gayard, Katja Gretzinger, Scott Massey, Stefan Gandl, TS Wendelstein and Sulki & Min. There will also be an audio-visual installation by Hanno Leichtmann and Toby Cornish. Baby Vulture, Mieko Suzuki and Judith Crasser will DJ in between shows.

22a's Tenderlonious releases new Ruby Rushton LP and shares single

The quartet release Ironside on 5 April and announce tour dates

22a founder, flautust and producer Ed Cawthorne aka Tenderlonious has announced a fourth LP for his quartet Ruby Rushton. Ironside follows on from the 2018 Tenderlonious release The Shakedown. Also coming up on 22 February is a limited edition release of the album single “Eleven Grapes”.

Ironside is said to take its title from an old English name given to “one who is courageous, possessing great physical and mental strength” and also references the famous US TV series soundtracked by Quincy Jones.

“This record is more disciplined and thought-out,” says Cawthorne. “The Shakedown was a free, unplanned jam, but this has detailed arrangements with lots of changes.

“The tracks are shorter too – they’re more concise, as is the whole thing, which makes it more accessible. I like the idea that people can play the album quickly, then play it all over again.”

It has the group go from a six to four piece, with drummer Tim Carnegie replacing Yussef Dayes, who'll be joining Aidan Shepherd on keys and Nick Walters on trumpet and percussion. Cawthone leads on flute, soprano sax, synths and percussion.

Also announced is a host of tour dates throughout March and April, and the reissue of Trudi's Songbook Volume One & Two.

Ironside is released by 22a. Listen to “Eleven Grapes” from the forthcoming single.

I Am Damo Suzuki biography to be published by Omnibus Press

Can singer announces new biography co-written by Paul Woods

A biography of Damo Suzuki is set to be published on 28 March. Co-written by Suzuki and Paul Woods, I Am Damo Suzuki tells the story of the Japanese musician who left home for Europe as a teen, eventually settling in Cologne where he would meet the members of Can and become their lead singer. The publication is complemented by interviews with family, friends and collaborators, and spans six decades.

“The main point of this whole book is my philosophy and dreams,” explains Suzuki. “My time here is becoming less and less. In a way I am strong. I survived major surgery, I’ve lived as a young adult in a foreign country (where) many times I wasn’t supported by any kind of institution, but I survived. I have found the strongest way to seek truth now.”

Co-author Paul Woods previously wrote The Curious Life And Work Of Scott Walker. Suzuki will be in conversation at London's Rough Trade East (25 March) and Rough Trade branches in Bristol (26) and Nottingham (28). He'll also be performing at London The Lexington (17 March), Birmingham The Hare & Hounds (19), Oxford Jericho (21), London St Mary’s Music Hall (23), London The Windmill (24), Dewsbury The Socialist Club (29), and Preston The Continental (30). Finally, he'll be in Wales on 5 April at The Laugharne Weekend.

I Am Damo Suzuki is published by Omnibus Press. Pre-order available now.