The Wire Weekly: 3–9 August / Laurie Anderson’s playlist

todayAugust 3, 2022 2

share close

The Wire Weekly: 3–9 August / Laurie Anderson’s playlist

Listen to exclusive playlists from Laurie Anderson and Laura Cannell. Watch the archived Wire 40 streaming festival. Live: Pink Siifu, MC Yallah, CMS Celebration, Good Vibrations fest and more.

Welcome to The Wire Weekly with our regular pick of the week’s events as well as news of the latest features on The Wire website. If you missed The Wire 40 x ESS streaming festival over the weekend you can watch the archived streams here. Now scroll on…

The new issue of the magazine

The Wire 462

Saul Williams – the US poet, vocalist and actor has long set the power of language against colonialism. Now he pours this experience into cinema with the Afrofuturist epic Neptune Frost. By Neil Kulkarni. Inside the magazine: Laura Cannell on how the rich possibilities of medieval and early music provide the impetus for the UK instrumentalist’s prolific output; UK tenor saxophonist Alan Skidmore whose lifelong career reads like a fever dream of hanging with the international jazz set; plus profiles of Cheri Knight, Joe Rainey, Anna Butterss and Michael Gregory Jackson, Invisible Jukebox: Bob Mould, Unlimited Editions: Cortizona, Unofficial Channels: Rāga Junglism, Global Ear: Gothenberg, The Inner Sleeve: Éliane Radigue, Epiphanies: Emeka Ogboh. In the review sections: Natalia Beylis, Lou Reed, Nancy Mounir, Pauline Oliveros, Sensational, Tony Williams, Midori Takada, Krallice, Re-Sisters, Blixa Bargeld, Albert Ayler, FIMAV, Aquarius Records, and much more.

This month every issue comes with a copy of The Wire Tapper 59 CD featuring 16 new tracks by MimiCof, Delmore FX, Evicshen, RSS Boy 1 featuring Waclaw Zimpel, Mark Stewart featuring KK Null, Madeleine Cocolas, and more. Subscribers can also get a download of the compilation here.

Browse the full contents of the magazine and buy a copy here

The Wire 40

The Wire‘s 40th anniversary event series has now come to an end but you can still watch the archived streams of the online festival we organised in partnership with Chicago’s Experimental Sound Studio. Watch the archived streams here featuring performances by Sarah Davachi, Aaron Dilloway, Tashi Dorji, Hamid Drake, Luis Fernando Amaya, Lykanthea, Ikue Mori, Paige Naylor, Lauren Tosswill, Nate Wooley, C. Spencer Yeh, Buh Records artists and Pamela Z.


New features on

Listen: Laura Cannell Wire playlist
The Suffolk based multi-instrumentalist compiled this career-spanning, annotated playlist of solo and collaborative works exclusively for The Wire to accompany her feature in The Wire 462. Featuring her early music group Horses Brawl, collaborations with Rhodri Davies, Stewart Lee and Kate Ellis, plus a preview of the forthcoming album by her Hunteress project.

Listen: Cheri Knight Wire mix
The US minimalist post-punk composer selects tracks that have influenced her own work and ways of listening, from Wendy Carlos to Richard & Linda Thompson. Read Claire Biddles’s interview with Cheri Knight inside The Wire 462.

Listen: Shane Woolman presents Adventures In Sound And Music: Laurie Anderson special
Listen back to the 28 July edition of The Wire’s weekly radio show with a special playlist by Laurie Anderson inspired by the recent heatwave. As Anderson put it: “I put this list together in the south of France where it’s 103 degrees. It’s music that’s all about heat and erasing the boundaries between your body and the world.” The show also features new music by Scientist, Al-Qasar, Sam Gendel, Main Source and Cube.


7 days of festivals, shows, exhibitions, talks…

Cafe Oto
Events at the Wire-partnered East London venue this week include: Feature with Elizabeth Price, Nisha Ramayya and Holly Pester (4), Yeah You x TOPH takeover (5), free Summer Poetry matinee (7, 2pm), Bridget Hayden + Ecka Mordecai (7) and John Wall/Mark Sanders/John Edwards + Tom Mudd (9). London Cafe Oto, various times & prices.

Events at the Wire-partnered South London performance space this week include: Water Tiger Balm (3 August), Luke Lund + Iker Ormazabal Martinez (4), Robin The Fog’s Fogfest with Sculpture, Franziska Lantz, Howlround, DJ Steve Davis and DJ Food (5). London Iklectik, various times and prices.

Amsterdam’s adventurous music festival with Squarepusher, Giant Swan, Space Afrika, MC Yallah & Debmaster, Moritz von Oswald Trio, Keiya, Laurel Halo & Oliver Coates, Hermeto Pascoal, Lee Gamble, Mary Lattimore, Marina Herlop, Loraine James, Robert Hood, Scorn, Nihiloxica, DJ Stingray 313, Holden & Zimpel, Tirzah and others. Amsterdam various venues, 3–4 August.

Jazz Em Agosto
Last few days of the festival which this year focuses on the contemporary jazz scenes in Chicago, Lisbon and New York. With Irreversible Entanglements, Nicole Mitchell & Moor Mother, Rob Mazurek’s Exploding Star Orchestra, Anteloper, Damon Locks’s Black Music Ensemble, Chris Corsano & Bill Orcutt, John Zorn’s New Masada Quartet, Ava Mendoza, Ahmed, Borderlands Trio, Carlos Zingaro’s Turquoise Dream, João Lencastre’s Communion, Tashi Dorji, and Nate Wooley’s Seven Storey Mountain. Lisbon Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, until 7 August.

Laurie Anderson: The Weather
Last chance to see the “largest ever” US exhibition of artwork by the multimedia artist, performer and musician, including over a dozen new works. Washington DC Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, until 7 August.

Weekly event in Deptford organised by the Steam Down jazz collective. London Matchstick Piehouse, 3 August, 8pm, £19.76–£13.37.

Ambient Cafe: Dau + Tina Hitchens
An intimate evening of acoustic ambient and improvised music. Bristol Friendly Records, 4 August, 8pm, £5.45.

The Bohman Brothers + The Remote Viewers
A concert of improvised music in South London by Adam and Jonathan Bohman and the trio of Adrian Northover, Dave Petts and John Edwards. London The Royal Albert, 4 August, 8:30pm.

The Rossi Bar
Avant soirees at this Brighton bar include: Spirit Of Gravity with “noise cello” from Rotten Bliss, a ritual performance by Son Of The Sun and “paranoid ambience” from Secret Nuclear (4 August). Brighton The Rossi Bar, various times and prices.

Good Vibrations Society
Camping festival in the Ashdown forest with Roy Ayers, Roni Size, Steam Down and Iration Steppas. Uckfield Pippingford Park Manor, 5–7 August, £135–£50.

Emergence Collective + The Silver Reserve
Headlining ten piece build improvised, morphing minimalist structures with support from songsmith Matthew Sturgess. Sheffield Abbeydale Picture House, 5 August, 7pm, £11.25.

Creative Music Studio: The Celebration
One night marathon of live music celebrating the legacy of the CMS studio with Medeski, Martin & Cline, Cyro Baptista, Ingrid Sertso, Karl Berger, Marilyn Crispell, Grant Calvin Weston, Zoh Amba, Kalia Vandever Trio, Wendy Eisenberg, Joanna Mattrey and Sana Nagano. Woodstock Bearsville Theatre, 6 August, 7pm–midnight, $70–$45.

Pink Siifu
On Pink Siifu The Wire said: “An angry molotov cocktail of jazz, hardcore and noise in the tradition of Bad Brains and Death Grips”: London Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer (6 August), Nottingham Bodega Social Club (8), Salford The White Hotel (9), Bristol Thekla (10) and Brighton Green Door Store (12).

William Hooker: Silver Fleece
Afternoon suite for the outdoors by the drummer combining composition and improvisation. With On Kaa Davis and Hans Tammen guitars, Jair Rohm Wells bass, David Soldier violin, and Kevin Ramsey electronics. New York Governors Island Harvestworks, 7 August, 1pm.

London Improvisers Orchestra
Free and conducted improvisations performed by a large pool of musicians. London St Mary’s New Church, 7 August, 8pm, £10–£5.

Edinburgh International
Music events at EIF include Herbie Hancock (7 August), Taraf De Haidouks (10), Jeff Mills: Tomorrow Comes The Harvest (11), Squarepusher (13), Sons Of Kemet (14), Arooj Aftab (21) and The Cinematic Orchestra (26). Edinburgh various venues, 7–26 Augusts, various times and prices.

MC Yallah & Debmaster
Rescheduled dates for Ugandan-based Kenyan MC Yallah and her producer and collaborator Debmaster: Salford The White Hotel (7 August), Leeds Headrow House (10), Bristol Trinity Centre (11) and Supernormal Festival Braziers Park (12).

South Wales Improvisers
Fortnightly open afternoon sessions on Sundays. South Wales Improvisers welcomes players of all levels who are interested in exploring new paths to music. Shift Cardiff, 7  August, 2pm–4pm.

Christelle Oyiri: Gentle Battle
Last chance to see this debut solo exhibition by the DJ, producer and performer who uses objects, installation, sound and film to reflect on the ongoing impacts of colonialism in Ivory Coast and Guadeloupe. Glasgow Tramway, until 14 August, free.


For more festivals, gigs, exhibitions, online events, film screenings, talks and workshops coming up on the sound and music underground, browse the Events section of The Wire website.

On Air

Adventures In Sound And Music – summer break 

The Wire‘s weekly radio show on Resonance FM is taking its annual summer break. We’ll begin the new season on 15 September with a show hosted by James Gormley. In the meantime, you can catch up with previous shows by exploring the archive here.

Copyright © 2022 The Wire Magazine Ltd, All rights reserved.

Written by:

Rate it

Previous post


Edana Minghella obituary

Leading mental health researcher who also wrote scripts for the TV series Doc Martin and went on to become a jazz singerThe healthcare researcher, scriptwriter and jazz singer Edana Minghella, who has died aged 63 of endometrial cancer, played a key role in restoring faith in community care of people with mental illness after public confidence was shaken by a series of scandals in the 1990s.Governments had for 30 years […]

todayAugust 2, 2022

Post comments (0)

Leave a reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *