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, teacher and curator based in London who is currently involved in creating audiovisual performances, sound works, instalations and film.
Her research and practice encompass sound art, free-improvisation, moving image, live events, electronic music and performance.
In 2014 she joined Event and Experience Design department at University of Kent.
From 2011-2014 she was visiting research fellow at Chelsea College of Arts & Design at University of the Arts London.
In 2010, she received a doctorate in Humanities from University Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid, with the thesis: The VJ and audiovisual performance: towards a radical aesthetic of postmodernism.
In London, she co-funded with Steve Beresford and later Jack Goldstein 'Strange Umbrellas', a platform for free improvised music and visual art. During 2012-2014 she curated performances at Music Hackspace. She is initial co-founder of the Live Cinema Foundation.
In 2011 with Matthias Kispert at Soundfjord she founded the Material Studies Group. Focusing at developing a series of workshops and performances open to everyone looking at the production of sound with everyday objects.
She has performed with various artists, including Terry Day, Leafcutter John, Beresford and Matthias Kispert and curated a number of events and installations in London and internationally. Her last exhibition: ‘Expanded and Ephemera Audiovisual’ was presented at MUPO, Oaxaca, México in November 2015
Current works in development include the direction of Unpredictable a film about Terry Day and 'Unpredictable series' a series of exhibitions, talks and performances.
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.