The Wire

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Issue #389

July 2016

Loren Connors: The pioneering free blues guitarist has more than six strongs to his bow, as demonstrated by his debut release as a pianist. By Kurt Gottschalk.

Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids: Formed in 1971, saxophonist Idris Ackamoor's band of cosmic travellers continue their intrepid voyage through Afrocentric jazz and beyond. By Geeta Dayal.

Valley Of The Sun: The early 1980s birthed a new age phenomenon that bridged commerce and mysticism, music and meditation – and its guru cum entrepeneur is still selling spiritual growth today. By Britt Brown.

Peder Mannerfelt: Sweden's electronic trickster wigs out. By Clive Bell.

Group A:
The Berlin based Japanese duo bring dada tactics to performance. By Katrina Dixon.
Cameron Graves: Kamasi Washington's pianist crafts an epic of his own. By Phil Freeman.
Left Hand Path: San Francisco's party crew confront a techno-industrial future. By Sam Lefebvre.
Naama Tsabar: The Israeli sound sculptor resists state sanctioned sonic violence. By Sara Drake.

Global Ear: Colombo: A music school is nurturing the Sri Lankan capital's independent scene. By Noel Meek.

Invisible Jukebox with Beatrice Dillon: The UK DJ and producer peers inside the box of The Wire's mystery record selection. Tested by Jennifer Lucy Allan.

Inner Sleeve: Night School Records' Michael Kasparis on Tina Turner's What's Love Got To Do With It? single.

Epiphanies: Musician and artist Alexander Tucker pays illustrated homage to his beloved Cardiacs.

Print Run: New music books: overlooked female composers, Ralph J Gleason interviews, David Toop on freedom, and more.
On Screen: New films and DVDs: Paul Kelly's Lawrence Of Belgravia and Stuart London's Continuous Lubomyr.
On Site: Recent exhibitions: This Is A Voice in London, Meathaven in Brighton, freq_out 12 in Vienna.
On Location: Recent festivals, gigs and clubs: Decession in Berlin, Intonal in Malmö, Third Tomorrow in Shenzhen, Donaufestival, plus PC Music, Noh Reimagined and Ghostface Killah in London.

Soundcheck: Maya Kalev on Elysia Crampton, Derek Walmsley on Autechre, Robert Barry on Graham Dunning, Simon Reynolds on Joan La Barbara, Erik Davis on Allen Ginsberg.

Plus, Alarm Will Sound, Marisa Anderson, Anohni, asda, Autechre, Body Sculpture, Chance The Rapper, Ben Chatwin, Elysia Crampton, Dam-Funk, Jack DeJohnette, Ravi Coltrane, Matthew Garrison, Drake, Graham Dunning, Tom Wallace, Colin Webster, Aaron Dilloway & Dylan Nyoukis, Christian Fennesz & Jim O’Rourke, Fovea Hex, Gaika, Lee Gamble, Gorguts, Helm & Decimus, JK Flesh, Ben Johnston, Jackie Lynn, Rob Mazurek & Emmett Kelly, Noel Meek, Ohal, Jesse Osborne-Lanthier & Grischa, Lichtenberger, Jeff Parker, Ivo Perelman & Karl Berger, Ivo Perelman/Mat Maneri/Joe Morris/Gerald Cleaver, Ivo Perelman & Joe Morris, Ivo Perelman & Matthew Shipp, Ivo Perelman/Matthew Shipp/Michael Bisio/Whit Dickey, Plaid, Prostitutes, Alasdair Roberts & James Green, Second Woman, DJ Shadow, Skepta, Sote, Spectre, Suokas, Swans, Telebossa, David Toop, True Black Dawn, Nate Wooley, Der Zyklus

The Columns: Katrina Dixon, Chal Ravens, Steve Barker, Robert Barry, Jack Law, Daniel Spicer, Julian Cowley, Lottie Brazier

Size Matters: Byron Coley

The Boomerang: Black Sun Productions, Various Boombox 1: Early Independent Hip Hop, Electro And Disco Rap 1979–82, William Burroughs, Death & Vanilla, Fred Frith, Allen Ginsberg, Joan La Barbara, Harry Partch, John Surman