Wednesday 2 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
Graham Lambkin is a multidisciplinary artist based in Upstate New York, who first came to prominence in the early 90′s through the formation of his music group The Shadow Ring. Combining a D.I.Y. post-punk ethic with folk music, cracked electronics, and surreal wordplay, The Shadow Ring created a unique hybrid sound that set them apart from their peers and continues to show as an influence today.
Following the dissolution of The Shadow Ring Lambkin embarked on a series of striking and highly original solo releases, including Salmon Run (2007) and Amateur Doubles (2012), a critically acclaimed trilogy with experimental tape musician Jason Lescalleet: The Breadwinner (2007), Air Supply (2010) and Photographs (2013), and Making A (2013) a collaboration with renowned table-top guitarist and founding member of the AMM group, Keith Rowe. His latest release, Schwarze Riesenfalter sees Lambkin paired with Wandelweiser composer Michael Pisaro in a musical reimagining for the texts of Georg Trakl.
Lambkin also curates the Kye label, which, since it's conception in 2001 has published audio work by contemporary artists such as Vanessa Rossetto, Malcolm Goldstein, and Joe McPhee, as well as archival collections from the likes of Henning Christiansen, Moniek Darge and Anton Heyboer.
Lambkin’s reputation as a visual artist came into focus during the 1990′s, designing record sleeves, t-shirts, posters/flyers for a slew of underground labels and bands including The Dead C, Harry Pussy, and Double Leopards. His playful combination of figurative and abstract elements lend Lambkin’s work a jarring, dreamlike quality, placing childlike totems against a darker adult undercurrent. Five books of Lambkin’s art/text have been published to date: Unfocused Hands (2004), Dumb Answer To Miracles (2009), Dripping Junk (2010) Millows (2012), and most recently Came To Call Mine (2014) a sumptuous collection of illutration and prose for children. To date Lambkin has had his artwork exhibited in three solo shows: Came To Mine at Audio Visual Arts, NYC (2014), Marble On The Rot, at 356 Mission Gallery, Los Angeles (2015), and most recently Moon blows close at Kunstlerhaus Stuttgart, Germany.
Lambkin is has just released his fifth solo LP/2CD Community (Kye / Erstwhile) this Oct, and is working on a collaborative project with Tokyo-based conceptual artist Taku Unami for 2017.
Still House Plants are a UK group made up of Jessica Hickie-Kallenbach, Finlay Clark, and David Kennedy.
From a bare bones set up of guitar, drums and vocals they create fractious and sharp music with a melting pop heart. Bridging elements of sampling, slow core, and repetition the trio have developed a sound that constantly breaks apart and fuses together again, like a chance meeting on the dissecting table of Scritti Politti’s early eps and a 2-step 12” by Lady Legs.
Their latest LP, Fast Edit, released on Blank Forms and bison, was written aided by mobile phones, dictaphones, laptop recordings of rehearsals, conversations, and live shows to create a collage of different fidelities and aural spaces. Things sit on top of each other, fall over one another, or click into place, with hearts on sleeves and spirits in motion.
Notable performances include Empty Gallery (Hong Kong), Hyperlocal Festival (with NTS/British Council, Buenos Aires), Soundtiago (Santiago), zdb (Lisbon), and uh fest (Budapest). 2021 sees the trio perform at Salon de Normandy by the community (Paris, as part of fiac), Gavin Brown’s enterprise (New York), Zebulon (Los Angeles), Canicas Festival (Oaxaca) and Tokyo (with 33-33/mode and British Council). Still House Plants have also undertaken residencies at the CCA (Glasgow), the Pipe Factory (Glasgow) as well as an ambitious six-month residency at Cafe OTO as recipients of the OTO Projects UK artists residency fund, (supported by Jerwood Arts).