Issue 123 May 1994 52 50 $5.50 ISSN 0952-0686
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Publisher Adele Yaron
Editor Tony Herrington
Assistant Editor Rob Young
Art Editor Dmg Anaxino
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Founder Anthony Wood
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The London Jazz Festhral dominatesthismonth:over 11 days (12-22 May), at different venues,
the Festival is really a banner covering several extremes and directions in creative music. Of special interest-from wherewe're standing - are Pharoah Sanders
(15-1 9, Dingwalls);'OverTheEdge' with Carla Bley, Anthony Braxton
And The Creative Jazz Orchestra,Jack DeJohnette,Trio Clusone, Billy Jenkins and others ( l 5, SadlersWells); saxophonistJoshua Redman (16-2 1, Ronnie Scott's); Japanese HipHopfrom all-female Nenes (16, BloomsburyTheatre); Louis Moholo,John Law and Grand Union (19, Union Chapel);Township Jazz with MervynAfrica (20, UC); Blue Note FreedomJazz Dance (2 1, UC); Yusef Lateef(22, UC);aswellasnumerousdanceevents,workshops,discussionsand educationsessions. For informationon thewhole bangshoot, phone 0 7 1437 4797. Turn to page 74 to WIN SEASON TICKETS for all events at the BloomsburyTheatreandHackneyEmpire.
FestivalAlternative# One:NewAura, a three day LMC event self contained within the festival (at Creative Block, East Road, North London), brings in squeeze box operated samples from gizmologist Nicolas Collins to play with Peter Cusack and MattWand of Stock, Hausen& Walkman( 12); Lee Ranaldo of SonicYouthprovidinga livesoundtracktoa multiscreenroadmovie by Leah Singer ( l 3); and Fluxus prime mover Tony Conrad, who'll be showcasing old and new work (14). Die, Trip Computer! Die! ("cyberpunk's answer to The IncredibleStringBand)provide"indescribableaudiovisualexperiences"on all three nights.Tickets are f 6 (55 concs) or f 15 ( f 10) for all three; advance purchase recommended (cheques payable to LMC Ltd, 6 0 Farringdon Rd, LondonEC1R;detailson0 7 14 9 0 2 119).
Alternative#Two: ThePolarBearClub(l9 May, SuttonHouse, Hackney, East London) takes place among slides and X-rays created by artist Stephen Nicholas, and features lmprovfrom Lol Coxhill & PatThomas, Conspiracy, and Seattle saxophonist Jeffrey Morgan. Also poetry readings and a Polar Bear workshop ( f4152; ring 0 8 1 53 1 8949) during the day. Tickets are f 6 (S4 concs),from0819862264(SuttonHouse);Bearfactsfrom0865 5 16929).
Alternative #Three: The ppianissimo (sic) Club (at The King's Head, Upper Street, North London). Two days, four groups. On 15 May: Antics (CliveYork, Julia Doyleetal)and Dreamtime(JimDvorak, PaulRutherford,Gary Curzonet a/); and on 16: Equip Out (Elton Dean, Paul Rogerset a/) and Radio Daze (lan Smith, Brian Godding, Steve Noble). Start time is 7 pm on both nights, tickets f5/f3,BoxOffice071 2261916.
Immathnalmy Festivals: SONAR at the CCCB (Contemporary Culture Centre) in Barcelona (26-29 May), an exploration of electronics in music and multimedia, with gigs from The Orb, Trans-Global Underground, DJs Laurent Garnier and the Wotan of Norse Techno, Sven Vath, exhibitions and installations of 'classic' synthesizers, CD-ROM and electracoustic research (details 0 1 0 9 3 4 2 5 4 3 78). The 11th Victoriavile InternationalFestival, Canada. Jim O'Rourke, Charles Gayle, Keith Tippett, Diamanda Galas, Caspar Brotzmann Massaker and many more. (19-23 May, details/accommodation 8 19 752 7 912). MusiqueAction 94 in Vandoeuvre, France. European lmprov including Derek Bailey, Barre Phillips, Quatuor Helios, Jim O'Rourke (again), Conrad Bauer, Evan Parker, The Ex & Tom Cora, Hans Reichel, J&lle Leandre, Eugene Chadbourne. 9-1 5 May, details 0 10 8 3 57 52 54.
Closer to home,there's a healthy jazz programme at the Bath InternationalMusic Festival. At the Guildhall you can hear Marilyn Crispell, Eddie Prevost & Evan Parker (28 May) and Louis Sclavis (1 June); while The Pavilion hosts The Dirty Dozen Brass Band ( 29 May), Boys Of The Lough (30), David Murray ( 8 June), John Surman with his quartet and Brass Project ( l 0). There's more: full details on 0225 463362.