ORGAN PREVIEW: Thurston on Thursday, celebrating London’s very first zine for improvisers at Red Gallery….


This Thursday, Thurston, a look back at Musics and a quick parish notice from us here at Organ (1986 to 2011)  concerning a rather interesting looking set of events, exhibition and opening at Red Gallery, Shoreditch, East London….


“Red Gallery is excited to announce the first of two very special exhibitions in collaboration with Eva Prinz and Thurston Moore‬ and their imprint Ecstatic Peace Library. ‬‬‬‬ 

This first event will see the launch of a new Ecstatic Peace Library book entitled Musics at the Red Gallery on Rivington Street which is open to the public from Friday the 7th of July until Sunday the 16th of July 2017‬.‬‬‬‬ 

The Musics book compiles all twenty-three issues of London’s very first zine for improvisers, which focused around the activities of sound art, field recording, free improvisation, live electronics, 20th century composition, and audio culture. 

Operating between 1975-79, with six issues per year, Musics was an interdisciplinary journal rooted in a true DIY ethic. The publication first launched in Spring of ‘75, with the tagline: “an impromental experivisation arts magazine” and a manifesto that proposed the destruction of artificial boundaries. The magazine linked Free Jazz, the academic ministrations of John Cage‬, Cornelius Cardew and K. Stockhausen, and indigenous and non-European music. Musics was also significant in the discussion of traditional Asian instruments as paths of equal value for the performance of music.‬‬‬‬ 



Red Gallery / Kamio will be presenting the original Musics artwork, with a special opening reception on the evening of the 6th of July that includes an improvised concert with Thurston Moore and the Musics editors and musicians David Toop and Steve Beresford, together with other live and DJ performances and an opportunity to view and purchase the book.

OPENING NIGHT EVENT – Thursday 6th of July: includes a mini-symposium with Thurston Moore and the Musics editors, live music/DJ performances Entry is strictly by invite only : join Eventbrite page for more info

Live music performance on Sunday 9th July – 7pm Entry strictly by invite only : join Eventbrite page for more info

Exhibition opens to the public from Friday 7th until Sunday 16th of July – Opening hours – Wednesday/Sunday 1pm till 7pm, admission is free.



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