22 November 2021 Watch


The opening night of the 2021 NEXT Festival closed with a collaboration between acclaimed precussionist Valentina Magaletti and Bratislava based producer and DJ Isama Zing. 

Founded 2000 in Bratislava, the NEXT Festival of advance music is an annual celebration of exploratory music and sound art – from electronic experiments through free-form improvisation to audio visual projects, it brings together artists that are pushing the boundaries of music.


Valentina Magaletti is an Italian-born, UK-based drummer, percussionist and composer whose explorative blend of ritualistic and electronic motifs have earned her recognition in the contemporary musical landscape.

Gaining prominence as part of acclaimed avant-pop group Vanishing Twin and improvisational duo Tomaga in the 2010s, Magaletti’s collaborative instinct and multi-instrumental skill have seen her record and perform with Jandek, Helm, Raime, Nicolas Jaar, Malcom Catto, Charles Hayward, Graham Lewis, Thighpaulsandra, Thurston Moore, Bat for Lashes, Gruff Rhys and many more.

Her current projects include CZN, Moin and Holy Tongue, where free jazz, drone and percussive elements meet sound system frequencies to devastating effect.


Isama Zing is Bratislava based producer, DJ, member of Mäss micro-collective and SHAPE platform affiliate. After turning to cello, voice and electronics in the early age of 15 he later moved to experimenting with the Warp-esque side of the 10s electronics to eventually arrive at a crossroads of club-deconstructions and experimental pop production.

Even though his Isama Zing alias is renowned for more post-club, industrial aesthetics, at this concert he will present a completely new musical iteration of this project: improvisations on cello and electronics. At NEXT Festival's London edition hosted at Café OTO Valentina Magaletti & Isama Zing will perform an improvisational set.