Tuesday 21 November 2023, 7.30pm
Maria Chavez and Jordi Wheeler have been performing as a duo since 2015. Generating results from active listening with a configuration of instruments (multiple turntables, piano, guitar, electronics, field recordings) Chavez and Wheeler’s performances, recordings and installations speak to their history with improvisation, allowing the present to dictate each work. Their installation works focus on creative field recording practices in conjunction with lathe cutting techniques to further enhance their specific interests in electroacoustic sound works. They also present workshops that function as both a skill share about audio engineering and creative performance practice. Their 1st EP, The Kitchen Sessions: 1-5 was released in 2021 via the venue Cafe OTO's label Takuroku, recorded as part of an Artist Residency during the pandemic with the Kitchen, NYC in the fall of 2020.
Their duo work has been presented by Cruces Espacio de Arte in Madrid, Spain, as part of the Abasement Series at Max Fish, NYC, Bemis Center- Omaha, Instants Chavires in Paris among other venues. Their latest interactive installation, a listening station containing video and sound from the duo's various performances alongside Maria's white Carrara Marble sculpture, was on view at Columbia University's Wallach Gallery from June 20, 2023 through Sept. 17, 2023. They will be Artist in Residence with the University of Virginia in October, 2023 and will perform at Cafe Oto for the Thames Submarine Radio show in Nov. 2023.
TheThamesSubmarine is an online platform featuring work and artists that use sound as a key or evocative element, exploring practice, performance and the personal through curated events and interviews.
Oram Award winner and artist Lia Mice’s live performances incorporate beat-driven experimental pop, live vocal harmonies and Lia’s self-designed oversized musical instruments. The inventor-producer-performer has performed her large instruments at the ICA, the V&A, Deliaphonic Festival and Islington Assembly Hall. At Cafe Oto, Lia will perform material sample-heavy experimental-pop tracks from her latest album Sweat Like Caramel (Objects Ltd), joined onstage by percussionist Andrew Booker who will perform Lia's latest large instrument - a new eco-friendly development that builds on her design for Guthman-award finalist instrument Chaos Bells.
Valentina Magaletti is an Italian-born, UK-based drummer, percussionist and composer whose explorative blend of ritualistic and electronic motifs have earned her recognition in the contemporary musical landscape.
Gaining prominence as part of acclaimed avant-pop group Vanishing Twin and improvisational duo Tomaga in the 2010s, Magaletti’s collaborative instinct and multi-instrumental skill have seen her record and perform with Jandek, Helm, Raime, Nicolas Jaar, Malcom Catto, Charles Hayward, Graham Lewis, Thighpaulsandra, Thurston Moore, Bat for Lashes, Gruff Rhys and many more.
Her current projects include CZN, Moin and Holy Tongue, where free jazz, drone and percussive elements meet sound system frequencies to devastating effect.