Mutek in Canada, Primavera in Spain, Temples in Bristol, Screamscape in Switzerland, Doek in Amsterdam, Spitalfields in London and more
Our pick of the coming week's live events, exhibitions and online features on the global underground music network.

This week: Mutek festival in Montreal, Primavera in Barcelona, Screamscape in Fribourg, Doek in Amsterdam and Spitalfields Music Festival in London. Sunn O))) on tour and a night dedicated to Christian Wolff in Ireland. Plus: Maria Chavez joins forces with Fan Letters and Kendall Williams in New York and launch events for Daniela Cascella's latest book in Europe. 

Online: Recordings of Harry Bertoia's Sonambient sculptures and a video for Olan's "St Heartless". Plus: The Wire's afternoon show on NTS and evening broadcast on Resonance FM.

On Stage


Montreal various venues, Canada

16th edition of the Canadian electronic music festival featuring Andy Stott, Karen Gwyer, Mika Vainio, Atom TM & Robin Fox, James Holden, Cobblestone Jazz, Svengalisghost, John Tejada, Kiasmos, Lucy, Basic House, Millie & Andrea, Sherwood & Pinch, Strategy, Fumiya Tanaka, and more. Montreal various venues, 27–31 May.

Ryoji Ikeda: Supercodex

London Village Underground, UK

The Japanese musician and artist performs Supersymmetry, the outcome of his residency at the Centre For Nuclear Research (CERN). London Village Underground, 27 May, 7:30pm, £20.

Dead Rat Orchestra

Various venues,  UK

The folk group tour the UK with their soundtrack to James Holcombe’s film Tyburnia. London The Carpenter Arms (27 May), London Apiary Studios (29), Norwich Arts Centre (30), Colchester Arts Centre (31). More dates here

Bildrausch Filmfest Basel: The Sonic Catering Band

Basel Haus der elektronischen Künste, Switzerland

UK film maker Peter Strickland performs with his Sonic Catering Band, employing sounds recorded while cooking. Basel Haus der elektronischen Künste, 28 May, 10pm.

Laura Cannell

Various venues, Europe

Folk music by the fiddle and double recorder player on UK tour. London Cafe Oto (28 May), Norfolk The Ravenous Cafe (29), Copenhagen Jazzhouse (3 June). More dates here


Barcelona various venues, Spain

15th edition of the rock and electronics music festival with Andrew Weatherall, Antony And The Johnsons, Hans-Joachim Roedelius, Hiss Golden Messenger, James Blake, Mdou Moctar, Panda Bear, Ought, Richie Hawtin, Sun O))), The Thurston Moore Band, Ariel Pink, Earth, Dixon, The Julie Ruin, The KVB, Marc Ribot’s Ceramic Dog, Patti Smith & Band, Pharmakon, Shabazz Palaces, Tony Allen, Caribou, Dan Deacon, Einstürzende Neubauten, Shellac, Sleaford Mods, Swans, Thee Oh Sees and more. Barcelona various venues, 28–30 May.

Sunn O)))

Various venues, Europe

The drone rockers on a European tour. Barcelona Primavera Festival (28 May), Bristol Temples Festival (30). More dates here

Grandmaster Flash + Khalil

London The Nest, UK

Headline show by the hiphop pioneer and turntable wizard, plus support act. London The Nest, 29 May, 10pm–4am, £10–£7.


Bristol Motion, UK

Heavy metal and rock music festival with Sunn O))), Earth, Triptykon, Pig Destroyer, Torche, Martyrdod, Goatsnake, Svalbard and more. Bristol Motion, 29–31 May.


Fribourg Kunsthalle Fri Art, Switzerland

Swiss festival dedicated to the art of screaming, featuring artist residencies, radio shows, scream battles, installations and performaces by Keiji Haino, Jason Kahn, Dave Phillips, Junko Hiroshige and more. Fribourg Kunsthalle Fri Art, 30 May–6 June.

Christian Wolff at 80: A Celebration

Dundalk St Nicholas Church Of Ireland, Ireland

A night dedicated to the work of Christian Wolff, featuring the composer, Robyn Schulkowsky and Rohan de Saram. Plus: a pre-concert interview with Wolff and Paul Griffiths (7:30pm). Dundalk St Nicholas Church Of Ireland, 30 May, 8pm.

Bassekou Kouyaté & Ngoni ba

London Scala, UK

Album launch for Malian ngoni lute veteran’s latest album, titled Ba Power. London Scala, 31 May, 7–10:30pm, £18–£16.

Souad Massi + Le Trio Joubran

London Barbican, UK

Algerian folk singer and guitarist Souad Massi plays songs from her latest album Al-Mutakallimûn, plus support from oud players, Le Trio Jourban. London Barbican, 31 May, 7:30pm, £22.50–£17.50.


Amsterdam various venues, Netherlands

Improvised and jazz music festival featuring Anthony Braxton’s 70th birthday celebrations, Mary Halvorson, Brandon Seabrook, Tomeka Reid, Taylor Ho Bynum and more. Amsterdam various venues, 2–7 June.

Spitalfields Music Festival

London various venues, UK

Summer edition of London's contemporary music festival, featuring Exaudi, Emily Hall, Mira Calix, the Mahogany Opera Group, Shabaka Hutchings's The Comet Is Coming, Micachu and more. London various venues, 2–16 June.
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On Site

Sound + Vision: Fan Letters, Maria Chavez & Kendall Williams

New York Film Society Lincoln Center, US

Series of audiovisual performances using live computer programming and DIY electronic instruments, featuring turnablist and sound artist Maria Chavez, steel pan player Kendall Williams and the duo of Dylan Neely and Alex Nathanson. New York Film Society Lincoln Center, 28 May, 8pm, $10.

FMRL: Footnotes, Mirages, Refrains And Leftovers Of Writing Sound

Various venues, Europe

Series launching Daniela Cascella's latest book, featuring Jeremy Welsh, Maia Urstad, Signe Lidén (Bergen Ostre, 2 June), London Hardy Tree Gallery (6). More dates here
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Watch: Olan's "St Heartless"

Watch a video for a track from the Irish musician's forthcoming casette release, Monk.

Listen: Harry Bertoia recordings

Listen to recordings of sound sculptor and furniture designer Harry Bertoia's Sonambient sculptures.

Listen: Dead Rat Orchestra's Tyburnia soundtrack

Stream a soundtrack by the folk group Dead Rat Orchestra for a film about places of public execution in the UK.

Jazz Searches For The New Land: Sun Ra And His Solar Arkestra’s “Saturn”

From newly independent nations of Africa to locations in the Far East and remote cosmos, jazz from the mid-1950s onwards imagined liberation through distant places and spaces. In this series, Derek Walmsley journeys through the sketches of these new worlds. Journey five pulls into Saturn.

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Adventures In Sound And Music  28 May 2015

Resonance 104.4 FM

Our regular Thursday evening slot on Resonance FM is hosted this week by Joseph Stannard, with tracks by Goatsnake, Tinashe, Legowelt and more. Every Thursday 9–10:30pm (GMT), 104.4FM for Londoners.

Rewired  28 May 2015

NTS Radio

Armed with a selection of their favourite tracks to have landed in The Wire HQ over the last few weeks, this Thursday sees Daisy Hyde and Katie Gibbons host Rewired live from the NTS studio in Dalston. The biweekly show airs on Thursday, 6–8pm.
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