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no wave roundup: Lydia Lunch/Umar Bin Hassen, Adele Bertei, Yoshimio/Ikue Mori, more

Lydia Lunch and Umar Bin Hassen
Lydia Lunch and Umar Bin Hassen

New York City is still a place where you can see musicians from the original no wave era perform all the time. Here’s a roundup of some upcoming shows from some no wave legends (and other related stuff):

First off, the great Lydia Lunch has a new project coming up in collaboration with Umar Bin Hassen, original member of proto-hip-hop legends The Last Poets. The project is called No Wave Out, and features, according to a press release, “seamless volleys of confrontational poetic sparring” between the two artists. They’ll be joined by Lydia’s Retrovirus bandmates Tim Dahl (Child Abuse) and Weasel Walter (Behold…The Arctopus), as well as Last Poets percussionist Don Babatunde and drummer Shaun Kelly. It goes down on November 2 and 3 at Joe’s Pub, and tickets are on sale now.

Adele Bertei — who was in the original lineup of James Chance and the Contortions and aided Brian Eno in the production of the legendary no wave compilation No New York — will play her first NYC show since 2010 at Le Poisson Rouge on November 13. She’ll be debuting new songs and and she’ll have a new band that features guitar great Ava Mendoza. Opening for Adele is violinist and Louie star Eszter Balint, who released a new album, called Airless Midnight, last year with contributions from the likes of Marc Ribot, Dave Schramm, and Chris Cochrane (John Zorn). Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Noise lifer Ikue Mori, who was in the early no wave band DNA with Arto Lindsay, is busy as usual. One exciting upcoming performance happens on December 7 at Saint Vitus. Ikue will play along with Boredoms drummer YOSHIMIO and experimental cellist Okkyung Lee. Yoshimio and Ikue have performed as a “twindrums” duo before, though the addition of the cellist adds a wrinkle here. Support will be provided by Kill Alters, a new project from Bonnie Baxter (ShadowBox), and avant-metal outfit Overishins (which features Mick Barr of Krallice). Tickets for that are on sale now.

Ikue also had a residence at The Stone earlier this year, and she’ll be back as part of a couple other residencies in the next couple month. Percussionist Susie Ibarra has a residency right now, And Ikue will be joining her on November 1-2 as part of a lineup that also includes pianist Sylvie Courvoisier. Susie’s residency features other cool guests like Mirah, Yuka Honda (Cibo Matto) and Brian Chase (Yeah Yeah Yeahs). Then on December 6-11, legendary experimental guitarist Fred Frith sets up shop with a run of shows that will feature Ikue, Yoshimio, Okkyung Lee, Ava Mendoza, Laurie Anderson and more. Ikue also joins The Stone’s figurehead and artistic director John Zorn for a performance on December 15 (and as always he has his run of John Zorn improv nights around New Year’s). Oh and Marc Ribot has a residency of his own in late November/early December. You can check out the full schedule for November and December at The Stone at their site.

Meanwhile, James Chance and the Contortions have that NYC release show of their own coming up at Bowery Electric on November 10. That show also features Bueno and Logan X, and tickets are on sale now.

And in related reminders, good old Thurston Moore has that show with his band Galacto (which also features Gary Panter and no wave scholar Byron Coley) coming up at Union Pool on November 18. That show is opening for Bardo Pond, and tickets are on sale now.

UPDATE: Galacto are still playing that show but Thurston won’t be at this one.

And Kim Gordon‘s band Body/Head recently announced a new album called No Waves.

Listen to music from Adele Bertei and Eszter Balint, and check out an Ikue Mori/Susie Ibarra/Sylvie Courvoisier performance, below.

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