4–8 May 2016, OTO Project Space
Double bassist Guillaume Viltard presents 6 duets across 5 evenings in the OTO Project Space.
“If acoustic instruments had been invented after the use of electricity and electronics, it would have represented a major advance in the history of music: perfect definition of sound, rich timbres, energy self-sufficiency, recyclable materials, etc.”
An intensely physical double-bassist Viltard was one of OTO’s first associate artists – he has played and performed here with musicians as diverse as Otomo Yoshihide and Kan Mikami, Louis Moholo-Moholo, and Evan Parker. Particularly memorable was a sensational solo set in support of Marc Ribot. Most often his work has been in the ‘classic’ jazz format of saxophone/bass/drums: from trios with the late Tony Marsh and Shabaka Hutchings, to most recently Eddie Prévost and Ken Vandermark.
His uncompromising, physical and rhythmic approach to the double-bass – always acoustic, adamant – connects to jazz learning from sources as diverse as Jean-Jacques Avenel, Barre Phillips, Johnny Mbizo Dyani and Ronnie Boykins.
His close association with OTO endures, and since late summer 2013 he has been part of a group of musicians playing, pushing and learning day and night in the OTO project space. Most often private, groupings around this new energy these groups are increasingly public, for example Steve Noble’s (new) Quartet.
Angharad Davies is a violinist, one at ease in both improvising and composition, with a wide discography as part of varied range of ensembles and groups. She’s a specialist in the art of ‘preparing’ her violin, adding objects or materials to it to extend its sound making properties. Her sensitivity to the sonic possibilities of musical situations and attentiveness to their shape and direction make her one of contemporary music’s most fascinating figures. 2015 has seen her being commissioned for a new work for “ solo violin and 4 bass amps” at the Counterflows Festival, Glasgow which was subsequently performed at the El Nicho Festival, Mexico and Supersonics, Birmingham. She also premiered Eliane Radigue’s new solo for violin, Occam XXII in Mexico.
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.
Hannah Marshall is a cellist who is continuing to extract, invent, and exorcize as many sounds and emotional qualities from her instrument as she can. She has been a regular member of Alexander Hawkins’ Ensembles and has toured in Europe and South America with Luc Ex and Veryan Weston’s ensembles – SOL 6 & 12. She plays with ‘String Terrorists’ - Barrel (a trio with Violinist Alison Blunt & Violist/poet Ivor kallin). And has been invited by Fred Frith and Suichi Chino in their residencies at café Oto. She also plays with Terry Day, Tim Hodgkinson, Roger Turner, Paul May, Kay Grant, and the London Improvisers Orchestra.
“For over 10 years, I have only played unscripted/improvised music. I have experimented with the sound of the cello, limiting myself to the alive material at hand: vast and complicated layers within the instrument and myself; and to let this music evolve continuously in relationship with others. It relates to the process of uncovering an endless multiplicity of coexisting sense perspectives. And it deals with the energy that this gives rise to. For me, it is the most exciting place to play music from.”
Northern Irish (and London-based) guitarist and ‘magnetic and vibrating sources’ player Ross Lambert, has in his own words, the following fundamental and simultaneous approaches to live performance: to play as though it was both the first time and also the last; and to able to differentiate between what is good and worth conserving and what is not. Ross has been involved in, initiated and been a connector between a very wide variety of improvisatory music since his first exposure and (immediate) commitment to it, in Sheffield via Derek Bailey during the mid-1980s. Although under-recorded (he claims ‘by choice’), Ross has worked with a huge number of musicians from around the world, including Tetuzi Akiyama, Ami Yoshida, Jean-Luc Guionnet, Paul Hession, Rhodri Davies, John Butcher and Evan Parker, as well as his close friends Eddie Prevost, Seymour Wright, and Sebastian Lexer.
Since a classical violin training, Alison Blunt has been creating and performing new work utilising or consisting of improvisation. She has performed throughout Europe, Scandinavia, US, Brazil, Australia and New Zealand with a wide array of artists including Avreeayl Ra Amen, Renee Baker, John Edwards, Vinny Golia, Elisabeth Harnik, Tristan Honsinger, Audrey Lauro, Hannah Marshall, Gianni Mimmo, Evan Parker, Gino Robair, Mark Sanders and Harri Sjöström; ensembles BARREL, Barcode Quartet, Berlin Improvisers Orchestra, Ensemble Progresivo, HANAM Quintet, Lode, Pierette Ensemble, Reciprocal Uncles & Aunt; and sometimes as a soloist.
Blunt was a member of the collective ASITIS and companies ‘Experiments in Spontaneous Performance’ and Apocryphal Theatre, and amongst broader performance and research activities, has collaborated with writer/playwright/director Julia Lee Barclay-Morton, installation artist Allan Giddy, Butoh dancer Florencia Guerberof, visual artist Birthe Jorgensen, visual artist/film maker Kate McMillan and voice/movement artist/actor Guy Dartnell. Last year she received Sound and Music funding support and toured England with Rose is a Rose is a Rose is a Rose, a collaborative work meshing music, text and live cooking on stage. She is also a highly experienced workshop leader exploring music-making with people of all ages and abilities. Alison refuses to be pigeon-holed.