Inside The Wire 420 | February 2019

24 Michael Snow With upcoming exhibitions in Lisbon and

London, the Canadian audiovisual polymath cuts a striking figure in the past and present of experimental art while keeping a keen eye on the future. By Julian Cowley

28 Joe McPhee The tireless reed player’s multi-decade

career serves as a road map of the international avant garde, encompassing performance, recording and cross-genre collaborations. By Daniel Spicer

34 Tuareg Guitar A user’s guide to the rugged North and West

African strain of desert blues, as popularised by Tinariwen, Bombino, Mdou Moctar, and more. By Francis Gooding

by Beck y McNeel

C over: Joe McPhee photographed



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4 Masthead 6 Letters 8 Bitstream

News and more from under the radar 9 Unofficial Channels Jazz In The Armed Forces 42 Charts The Office Ambience and other playlists 91 Out There Festivals, concerts, gigs and club listings 96 Subscribe Print, digital, downloads and CDs

10 Achim Zepezauer The sky’s the limit for Dortmund’s fruit

machinist-composer. By Robert Barry 12 Orgue Agnès The French-Belgian trio purvey fermented

funk. By Clive Bell

14 Stuart Chalmers Yorkshire’s tape scavenger heads for the

cave. By Tristan Bath 16 Ain Bailey The London based DJ and artist makes

music communal again. By Frances Morgan

Global Ear 18 Colombia Champeta is a catalyst for big time

sensuality in the coastal port of Cartagena. By Patrick McMahon Invisible Jukebox 20 Steve Gunn Will the US guitarist come unstrung at

The Wire’s mystery record selection? Tested by Tony Rettman 69 The Inner Sleeve Mimi Johnson on It’s A Beautiful Day 98 Epiphanies

Brunhild Ferrari’s ferric reveries

43 Reviews Index 44 Soundcheck New vinyl, CDs, downloads and streams, plus

reissues and specialist columns, including: 45 Zaïmph Bassett’s all sorts. By Marc Masters 49 Rustin Man No laughing stock. By Abi Bliss 53 Croatian Amor Isolated elements. By Steph Kretowicz 65 The Art Ensemble Of Chicago Art for art’s sake. By Kurt Gottschalk 67 Kate Bush Moments of pleasure. By Claire Biddles 70 On Screen New films and DVDs: Emma Franz’s Bill

Frisell: A Portrait 71 Print Run New music books: East London, the politics

of sound, a Spotify teardown, and more 76 On Location Recent festivals, gigs and clubs: Jazzfest

Berlin, Jessica Sligter & Sarah Hennies, Archie Shepp, and more 80 On Site Recent art events: Bass Culture 70/50,

Lawrence Abu Hamdan