Tuesday 19 June 2018, 6.30pm, OTO Project Space
CRAM is music collective & independent record label, formed in 2009. It is dedicated to the support, production, promotion and development of improvised and new music. It was founded by Benedict Taylor and is curated by Benedict Taylor, Tom Jackson & Daniel Thompson. It is made up of a fluid group of musicians/artists, at the forefront of the London improvising & new music community, alongside key figures in music throughout many countries in Europe, Asia & North America. The group have, over the course of 9 years, programmed numerous concert series, tours & international residencies, BBC Radio broadcasts, an ongoing three day festival of improvisation and many album releases. They are thrilled to be bringing some CRAM artists to Cafe Oto in 2018.
Benedict Taylor is a solo violist & composer. He is an active figure within the area of contemporary string performance, at the forefront of the British & European new and improvised music scene.
He performs, records & composes internationally, featuring in many venues and festivals including: Cafe Oto, Jazz en Nord France, Royal Court Theatre, The Vortex, Ronnie Scott's, BBC Arts Online, BBC Radio 3 & 2, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, London Contemporary Music Festival, Aldeburgh Festival, Cantiere D'Arte di Montepulciano, Edinburgh Fringe, CRAM Festival, The Barbican, Royal Albert Hall, Southbank Centre, ICA London, Radio Libertaire Paris, Resonance FM London.
As an improviser, he has worked with Evan Parker, Terry Day, Keith Tippett, Wadada Leo Smith, Alex Ward, Renee Baker, Steve Beresford, Angharad Davies, Hannah Marshall, Tom Jackson, Phil Minton, Pat Thomas, Miya, Tetsu Saito, Gianni Mimmo, Daniel Thompson, Veryan Weston, Sylvia Hallett, Dirk Serries, Stephen Crowe amongst others.
He is involved with a number of higher education institutions, giving lectures in performance, improvisation & composition at the Royal College of Music, City University of London, Goldsmiths College, Royal Holloway College London.
He is the founder, and a curator of CRAM, a music collective and independent label.
Daniel is a part of the fertile London improvising music scene and has played at many venues across the UK and Europe. As well as being a musician Daniel has been organising concerts since 2007 and organised the monthly 'Foley Street Improvised Music Concert Series' in London between 2013 and 2016.
John Edwards is a true virtuoso whose staggering range of techniques and boundless musical imagination have redefined the possibility of the double bass and dramatically expanded its role, whether playing solo or with others. Perpetually in demand, he has played with Evan Parker, Sunny Murray, Derek Bailey, Joe McPhee, Lol Coxhill, Peter Brötzmann, Mulatu Astatke and many others.
"I think John Edwards is absolutely remarkable: there’s never been anything like him before, anywhere in jazz." - Richard Williams, The Blue Moment
Tom Jackson is a clarinettist and saxophonist based in London, largely dedicated to the fields of contemporary classical music and free improvisation. He maintains an exciting, extensive and eclectic performance schedule and has performed throughout Europe, Australia and Hong Kong as well as throughout the UK. He is currently undertaking a PhD funded by AHRC, researching issues of free improvisation. 'Songs from Badly-Lit Rooms', an album of duos with violist Benedict Taylor, was released on Squib-Box in 2013.
"Jackson has a great range: flipping from long unfolding lines to dense clotted knots of spluttering scribble" - Michael Holland, Ears For Eyes
Stephen Crowe is an English composer of operas and experimental music.
London performances of his work have been at Camden Arts Centre, The Courtauld Gallery, Kings Place, The National Portrait Gallery, The Place, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Riverside Studios, Tate Britain and The Vortex.
As a guitarist he performs free improv on an irregular basis in London and Berlin.
He sings in 'StreisBAND', a hardcore Barbra Streisand covers band.
“The future of new opera.” – The Independent
“Amazing stuff.” – BBC 6Music
“Pretentious nonsense.” – The Scotsman
“OK, I guess.” – Henry Rollins