The Weekly: 9–15 June: New Issue Announcement

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The Weekly: 9–15 June: New Issue Announcement

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We noticed you hadn’t opened yesterday’s newsletter, so we thought we’d give you another opportunity to hear about our latest issue


New on The Wire website
Squarepusher writes about the gear he used to make his debut album on the occasion of its 25th anniversary; Val Wilmer remembers Nigerian saxophonist and pioneering musicologist Chris Ajilo; and Phil England selects his pick of the new releases on our weekly radio show.

Streaming this week
M³ Festival pairs up artists including Sara Serpa, Tomeka Reid and Fay Victor; K-Punk Marathon celebrates the work of Mark Fisher on Repeater Radio; Montreal’s Suoni Per Il Popolo has Duma, DJ Marcelle and Blacks’ Myths; Roulette has Amirtha Kidambi’s Elder Ones; Experimental Sound Studio has Han Bennink and a Milford Graves tribute; Big Brave are in conversation; and a new Arthur Jafa film features Wayne Shorter in conversation with Esperanza Spalding.

Meanwhile, in real life…
There are new exhibitions from Dennis Tyfus in Belgium and Marina Rosenfeld in Basel; Matana Roberts unveils a new sound collage in Philadelphia; in London Coby Sey returns to the stage and Riot Ensemble perform George Friedrich Haas in the dark.

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The new issue of the magazine

The July issue is out now!

On the cover – Radio Activity, a 20 page survey of sound and music on the radio: The growth of internet radio through the 2010s and the pandemic conditions of the last year have created an explosion of music on air. This 20 page survey tracks online, FM and other radio developments from the US to China, Palestine to Central Europe, South America to Africa. Plus a 100-strong directory of essential stations, sites and broadcasters. Inside: Dinosaur Jr’s J Mascis takes the Invisible Jukebox; vocalist and composer Pamela Z injects humour into technology; bass explorer Mick Harris returns with Scorn; portraits of Sam Dunscombe, We All Break and Olvev Muska; 38 pages of reviews of the latest albums, books, live events, flims and exhibition; John Oswald‘s Inner Sleeve; and Matthew Shipp‘s Epiphany. Read the full contents.

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New on

Feed me wired things: the gear that made Squarepusher’s debut

As Feed Me Weird Things is released in a 25th anniversary edition, Tom Jenkinson writes for The Wire about the gadgets that made it tick.

“A man that makes use of his hands and brain”: Val Wilmer remembers a ‘Nigerian pioneer musicologist’

When the Nigerian saxophonist Chris Ajilo died in February he was hailed at home as a legend of Nigerian music. Val Wilmer fills in the details of his formative experiences in the UK’s 1950s jazz clubs and dance halls.

Phil England presents Adventures In Sound And Music

Listen back to the 27 May edition of The Wire‘s weekly show on Resonance FM which featured tracks by Melvin Gibbs, Wadada Leo Smith & Milford Graves, Phil Minton, Nwando Ebizie, Ceramic Dog, Don Zilla, Big Youth, RIP Hayman, Foodman, Kate Halsall, Keith Rowe and others.

Festivals, live streams, exhibitions and more

Suoni Per Il Popolo

Eclectic experimental music by local, national and international artists presented by this Montreal festival. Online programme includes live performances, AV presentations, workshops and conversations with Duma (10), Blacks’ Myths (10), Los Cogelones (10), DJ Marcelle (11), Undrum Festival with Susie Ibarra and Glenn Kotche (13), Wolf Eyes in conversation (16), Lydia Lunch (18), Irreversible Entanglements (19), Hamid Drake & Michael Zerang (21), Backxwash (21), Moor Mother/Luke Stewart, Tcheser Holmes (22) and Sun Ra Arkestra (22). Online and Montreal various venues, until 22 June, free.

Mutual Mentorship For Musicians (M³) Festival

New project established to empower historically under-represented gender identities through mentorship and collaborative commissions. Two streamed presentations of the results of the first six months from six pairs of artists including Sara Serpa, Tomeka Reid and Fay Victor. Online, 12–13 June, 7pm ET, free/registration.

Experimental Sound Studio

The Chicago studio’s virtual concert series continues with Neurovisceral Sonifications For Milford Graves by aRT comprising Pheeroan akLaff, Scott Robinson and Julian Thayer incorporating recordings by Graves (10 June), real-time AV composers Spectralina curate an evening of performances (11), drum microphone technique workshop with Taylor Hales (12), new music organisers Omaha Under The Radar (12), Lawrence Andrews’ Mythicpotentialities, a sound essay exploring how the murder of Emmett Till galvanised the civil rights movement (13), and Han Bennink in performance and conversation (14). 100 per cent of donations during the show go to the performing artists. Online, various times, donations.


The New York performance space is now welcoming a limited number of people in person to its streaming events programme. The series continues with Susie Ibarra’s Talking Gong with Claire Chase and Alex Peh (9 June) and Amirtha Kidambi’s Elder Ones (10). Online, 2 June, 8pm ET then archived, $25 in person/online free.

Freedom: The Art Of Improvisation

Monthly evening of improvised music curated by Orphy Robinson, Cleveland Watkiss and Tori Handsley. With videos recorded in advance by dozens of musicians, interval music selected by Straight No Chaser’s Paul Bradshaw, and artists painting live portraits of performers. Online, 14 June, 7:30pm, free,

Arts For Art Salons

Improvised music sessions from the not-for-profit organisation dedicated to African-American multi-arts, jazz and improvisation culture. With John Blum and Mark Hennen both on piano and Jackson Krall on drums (10 June), and William Parker’s tribute to poet David Budbill (13). Online, donations.

Laurie Anderson: Norton Lectures

The series of lectures by the composer and performance artist with the umbrella title Spending The War Without You: Virtual Backgrounds continues with The Forest. Online, 9 June, free.

K-Punk Marathon

Repeater Radio all-day broadcast celebrating the late cultural critic and Wire writer’s work, with Mark Stewart’s Nun Gun, Oneohtrix Point Never, Iceboy Violet, mixes, visuals, Postcapitalist Desire conversations. and more to be announced. Online, 12 June, free.

Big | Brave: In Conversation

As part of their series of talks that amplifies the voices of womxn, trans and non-binary artists, Supersonic presents a conversation with Montreal’s post-rock trio. Online, 10 June, 8pm BST, free/donations.

Summer Night Project

Three concerts celebrating female and non-binary composers featuring new pieces by Aviva Endean, Hilary Kleinig, Bree van Reyk, Kate Milligan and Frankie Dyson Reilly. Perth Edith Cowan University (13 June), Adelaide University (15) and Melbourne Recital Centre (16).

Sheffield Doc Fest

The music strand of this annual non-fiction film festival continues online and in Yorkshire with a portrait of Britain’s oldest drag artist Maisie (11), and Stewart Lee’s documentary about Robert Lloyd of The Nightingales, King Rocker (12, includes Q&A with Lee). Online & Sheffield various venues, until 14 June, various times & prices.

Stock Footage

YouTube broadcasts of leftfield outfits from Merseyside continue with avant songstress Claire Welles. Online, 10, 7:30pm BST, free.

Ela Orleans + 7Balcony

Live experimental music commissions in response to the pandemic. Filmic, collaged songscapes from Orleans, and experimental electronic keyboard forays from the 7Balcony duo. Birmingham Centrala, 12 June, 7:30pm.

Super Takeover

All-day broadcast organised by Superfluid featuring 26 artist shows from Altar to Xin and the delightfully named Fairshare Unity Soundsystem. On air & online, 15 June then archived, free.

River To River Festival

Free summer arts festival in Lower Manhattan featuring a streaming film by Arthur Jafa WS, a longer super nova featuring saxophonist and composer Wayne Shorter in conversation with bass player and composer Esperanza Spalding (12, 17, 19, 24 & 26 June). The festival also features an in-person only opening performance by Spalding, Terri Lyne Carrington and Leo Genovese (10 June), as well as Spalding’s Songwrights Apothecary Lab installation (12–22) which explores how musicians might incorporate therapeutic practices into their work. Online & Brooklyn various venues, 10–27 June, free.

Coby Sey: Between The Lines

Oblique take on club music from the South East London vocalist, DJ and musician. London Kings Place, 12 June, 8:30pm, £12.50.

Everything Is Music

Newly launched “digital museum” celebrating the people and places of Bristol and Bath’s musical heritage. Explore over 250 locations physically in combination with the platform which includes artists, label runners, club and festival organisers explaining why places are important to them through photos, video and music. Bristol and Bath various locations, ongoing, free.

George Friedrich Haas: Solstices

Total darkness performance by Riot Ensemble who will be playing the Austrian composer’s piece from memory. The work includes a detuned piano and musicians responding to improvised audio cues. London Kings Place, 11 June, 8pm, £27.50.


Last chance to catch the science fiction audio walks, stories in sound, and kids protesting with sonic superpowers which form part of this public arts festival along the 107 miles of the Thames Estuary coastline, from Shoeburyness in Essex to Margate in Kent. Thames Estuary various sites, until 13 June, free.

Matana Roberts: We Got Time

Four socially-distanced performances of a new sound collage by the saxophonist and composer reflecting on the murder of health care worker Breonna Taylor by white police officers. Philadelphia The Woodlands, 11–13 June, $35.

Dennis Tyfus: Satellite of Lard

A new series of drawings, sculptures, installations and sound works from the multimedia artist and label runner. Antwerp Tim Van Laere Gallery, 10 June–15 July.

Marina Rosenfeld: We’ll Start A Fire

Major solo exhibition by the New York composer, sound and visual artist. Basel Kunsthaus Baselland, 11 June–26 September.

On Air

Adventures In Sound And Music: 10 June

On this week’s edition of The Wire’s radio show, Derek Walmsley is in the presenter’s seat – check our Twitter feed for details of what’s in store. Adventures In Sound And Music airs on Thursdays between 9–10:30pm on Resonance FM. Shows are repeated on Sundays at 1am.
Catch up with shows you’ve missed: explore our archive of shows complete with full playlists or listen back on Mixcloud.

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