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-. Acasual glanceat most of the ord~narymus~cpressover the last 1 ~ ~ ~ p l e ~ f y e a r s m ~ g h t g ~ v e y ~ u the lbe heard Ina context of ~tsowncreat~ng,ratherthan havingto nose Itsway Into the b~zness'sexlstlngbloke-heavy structure Some h~ghl~ghtsThe Capr~corn Ensemble(anall-femalechamber group) performing modernscores by women composers l ~ k eGalina Ustvolskaya,Sof~aGuba~dulinaand Elizabeth Lutyens( 3 March, ICA),vocal~stNajma,dub poet Jean'Blnta' Breeze (p~ctured) headl~nlnganevening of Afr~canand As~anmusicand poetry(5,Newham Grand Hall, E l 5),a mlnl RlotGrrrlfestw~thS I ~ IBou Sa~d,MamboTax~,Voodoo Queens,The Daffsand many more(8-12,theSamuel Beckett, N I 6),a DJ-athon wlth DJ R~tu,DJ Elalne, Sade, Kiss FM'sAngle D,and Rad~calS~ster( l 8, Nettleford Hall, SE27),a rap competltlon ( 2 5 ,RIOC~nema,Hackney),ajazzalldayerw~thAndreaV~cari,Dorian Lockett, Carol Gr~mes,An~taWardell, De~rdre Cartwrlghtand SalsaY Ache ( 26,Herne Half Moon),and "A Month Of Sundays" atJacksonls Lane Community Centre,North London,w ~ t ha d~fferent handful of slngers, poets,comed~ennesandreadersevery Sunday -lncludlng Edd~eReader There'smuch morethan thisgolngon -rlng 0 7 1 8 3 7 2 5 1 1 to f ~ n doutwhat lmpresslonthat women playlngmuslc ~ s awhole new ball game The Women InMus1cFest1val94Isa b~g"sowhat's new?" ln the faceof thlsjohnny-comelately~smAwhole monthof eventsall over London allows women'smuslc to

Me and my Collings: Krist~nHersh (featured last month) follows the release of her 4AD album Has And Makers wlth a short tour of the UK. You'll notlce that all the venues are seated: her old band Throwlng Muses used to dr~vethe faithful to sh~mmyprecariously on the edge of balcon~es... this 1s the way the tour moves. Bristol St Georges Hall ( 2 4 March, 0 2 7 2 2 3 0 3 5 9 ) , Nott~nghamAlbert Hall ( 25, 0 6 0 2 4 19 4 1g) , London Cambridge Theatre ( 2 7 , 0 7 1 4 9 4 5 0 4 0 ) , Warrlngton Parr Hall ( 28, 0 9 2 5

349581, Leeds City Var~et~es Theatre ( 2 9 , 0 5 3 2 4 3 0 8 0 8 ) , Newcastle Tyne Theatre ( 3 0 , 0 9 1 2 3 2 0 8 9 9 ) , Edinburgh Queens Hall ( 3 1 , 0 3 1 6 6 8 2 0 1 9).

Alan Feinberg is a pianist who appears to have bypassed the traditional dues-pay~ngroute to a successful ongoing recording career these days: h ~ slast three CDs for Decca's Argo label both exclusively collected unusual or unknown Amer~canpiano works. Despite obvlous stylistic progresslons over the last 15 0 years or so (from Amy Beach to Elliott Carter -qulte some leap), the trilogy reads as a fascinating document of the strategies Amer~cancomposit~on uses to foreground the performer, whether in the extravagant dandyisms of Gottschalk or Cage's over-to-you freedoms. Catch some of this in Feinberg's American Romant~crecital at London's Wigmore Hall ( 0 7 1 9 3 5 2 1 4 1) on 3 March at 7 . 30 pm, where he'll be spinn~ngin some Beach and Gottschalk as well as Gra~nger, Sessions and others

A chance to plug into the global sound-net as the lead~nglights of the very wonderful Nation Records get connected at a town near you: Loop Guru, whose long-awaited LP Dun-Ya is scheduled for 2 8 March, end their circult w ~ t hdates at Gloucester Guildhall ( 4 March) and Reading Royal Berks Social Club ( 12), before teaming up with label mates Trans-Global Underground at London's Astoria ( 16). TransGlobal are donnlng thelr wooden masks for dates at Nottingham Marcus Garvey Centre (4), Manchester Academy (5), Southampton Univers~ty(g), Northampton Roadmenders ( 1 1), and Aston Villa Leisure Centre ( 12, though you'll have to sit through Pop Will Eat Itself as well).

Happening without your permission: The Blast F~rstlabel are celebrating thelr tenth birthday this

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