Saturday 5 December 2020, 7pm
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.
Since 2015 NEXT Festival is bringing to Cafe OTO artists from East Europe and those who performed at previous editions. This year, the festival will be different, reaching far beyond its physical spaces in Bratislava and London. Due to lockdown restrictions in UK, the NEXT Festival concerts at Café OTO will be streamed via specially designed virtual reality environment.
For more information about the festival, please visit: www.nextfestival.sk
Daniel Blumberg is a musician and artist from London. With a decade of musical activity behind him under various pseudonyms, he now focuses his activities under his own name to explore the intersection between song-writing and improvisation, while forging ongoing exchanges with other artists and filmmakers and developing his practice as a visual artist. His second solo album On&On (2020) – the follow up to 2018's Minus - pushes the art of song into expansive new territories and features contributions from a tight-knit group of musicians: Elvin Brandhi (vocals), Ute Kanngiesser (chelo), Billy Steiger (violin), Tom Wheatley (double bass) and Jim White (drums). The material is radically reimagined in live settings, with a rotating cast of players casting new light on his songbook from concert to concert.
He has composed music for The BFI/Curzon Cinema’s Agnes Varda film season Gleaning Truths and recently completed the score for Mona Fastwold’s forthcoming feature The World To Come starring Vanessa Kirby, Katherine Waterston and Casey Affleck. For the NEXT Festival concert at Cafe OTO Daniel will be preforming alongside Ute Kanngiesser (chelo), Billy Steiger (violin) and Tom Wheatley (double bass).
Monika Subrtova is the London based, Slovakian electronica producer who is also half of the Jamka project. OMNIA marks her debut solo outing, offering another facet to her work beyond the mechanoid chimeras of techno, industrial muscularity, and polyvalent modular synthesis found within Jamka's lauded works.
An extension of a commission for Slovak Radio, OMNIA sports three tracks of slipstream techno with a polished veneer of mid-tempo sequencing that slide through recombinant variations on the themes. The moderate pace allows for these pieces of to breath with an effortless sway to the melody on "/.//" that updates the cold perfection of Conrad Schnitzler's "Ballet Mechanique." Hints of Coil's moon musik lurk in the elegantly produced "/.//". Subrtova teases out one arpeggiated texture after another in the rather majestic finale "/.//". Fans of the rhythmic offerings from Janushoved and Berhgain-era Vatican Shadow would be well served with OMNIA.
Northern Irish artist Stephen McLaughlin has been operating in London’s experimental music scene as An Trinse for 5 years but the visual component to the project which has evolved this year is something new. Though working as an animator in the creative industry for nearly a decade this is the first time he has used these skills within in his own artistic practice
This work is based on research undertaken looking into connections between ancient civilisations and speculative history of a global prehistoric society with advanced manufacturing technology that was destroyed by some kind of apocalyptic event leaving few clues to their origin. This is something especially troubling here deep in the Anthropocene where signs of societal and ecological collapse seem to loom.
This was originally presented at CTM affiliated Vorspiel festival in Berlin January 2020 but has now been reworked into a more dynamic live visual performance developed with Monika Subrtova.
An Trinse piece ‘Ethics of Display’ is currently showing at Most Dismal Swamp’s online exhibition: https://newart.city/show/dismal-sessions