Tuesday 22 May 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.
Blanca Regina is an artist, tutor and curator based in London. She is currently involved in creating audiovisual performances, sound works, multimedia installations, photography and book arts. Blanca has lead audiovisual performance art and projection mapping workshops and has curated events internationally. Expanded and Ephemera Audiovisual was her first solo exhibition, presented in México in 2015. In it, she explores the interplay of image, sound and space, digital and analogue media and connects elements of language, identity and archive.
Blanca has performed with artists David Toop, Leafcutter John, Steve Beresford, Sharon Gal, Mandhira de Saram, Adriana Camacho and Matthias Kispert, also creating a number of films with them. Her work has been supported by Arts Council England, Sound & Music, BMC, Amex CID, Photo-España and Garage Cube.
Her recent projects include research with the Immersive Pipeline Project at Goldsmith University London and an artist’s residency at Solar, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain.
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.
Saxophonist and composer Caroline Kraabel is committed to improvisation as a way of living and working, making music in unexpected ways and places, but also composing and playing written music. She has worked with Anri Sala, Maggie Nicols, Andrea Zarza Canova, Evan Parker, Annie Lewandowski, John Tchicai, Cleveland Watkiss and Susan Alcorn, among many fine artists, and was a director of the London Musicians Collective, which created Resonance 104.4fm, London’s art radio station.
Caroline Kraabel has been playing with and conducting the London Improvisers Orchestra for many years, exploring improvisation and conducted improvisation for large groups.
Max Reed’s interest in improvisation started in jazz as a pianist and then on to dance. He has trained in a wide range of styles and traditions including contemporary, African, Javanese, Butoh, and was a student of expressionist dancer and choreographer Hilde Holger. Among the productions Max has performed in are national tours with dance-theatre companies and then coming home full circle to perform with improvising musicians.