Tuesday 17 March 2020, 7.30pm
For day two of our fundraising week, we present a very special pair of solo piano and guitar sets from Daniel Blumberg.
Daniel has also kindly donated some of his artwork to our fundraising auction.
Daniel Blumberg is an artist and musician from London. Over the past decade he has released an extensive catalogue of music under different names, while forging ongoing collaborations with a range of musicians, writers and filmmakers.
Blumberg regularly plays and records out of London's Cafe Oto, working intensively with improvisers including Billy Steiger, Seymour Wright, Tom Wheatley, Ute Kanngiesser and Elvin Brandhi.
Most recently he has released two albums on Mute Records - 'Minus' (2018) and as GUO (his collaboration with Seymour Wright) 'GUO4' (2019).
Recent collaborations in film have been with directors Brady Corbet, Peter Strickland, Lynne Ramsey, and Mona Fastvold.
After recent drawing shows at Deichtorhallen, Hamburg and Union Gallery, London, this year Blumberg will show new work at MK Gallery, Kunsthal Rotterdam and MACRO Rome.
CAFE OTO FUNDRAISERS
For over a decade OTO has been presenting a back-to-back seven-day a week programme of some of the most exciting music being presented today. A vast number of musicians and audiences have come through our doors over that time.
In the first few years of Cafe OTO we scraped by on equipment we had begged and borrowed. Musicians showed extraordinary generosity in donating bits of equipment and we brought bits and pieces as and when we could. There has always remained a huge discrepancy between the ambition and scale of our programme and the equipment we have to present it.
We recently tried to redress this imbalance by applying to Arts Council England for a capital grant and where extremely grateful to them for supporting us and awarding the grant. This has already made a huge difference to the venue, but as part of that agreement we have to raise an additional £21,200 ourselves.
Daniel Blumberg is an artist and musician from London. Over the past decade he has released an extensive catalogue of music under different names, while forging ongoing collaborations with musicians, writers and filmmakers such as Neil Hagerty, David Toop and Brady Corbet. He is a prolific visual artist, described by Hans Ulrich Obrist as “one of London's most exciting emerging new artists”. Most recently Blumberg has been playing and recording at London's Cafe Oto, working intensively with a core group of improvisers consisting of violinist Billy Steiger, saxophonist Seymour Wright, double bassist Tom Wheatley and cellist Ute Kanngiesser. These regular sessions have culminated in the release of his debut eponymous record Minus on Mute Records (May 2018), accompanied by a companion LP of solos by the key players on the record including Dirty Three's Jim White. Alongside this OTORoku have released a live recording of the group and two discs by GUO, Blumberg's duo with Seymour Wright. Minus is a powerful and highly personal work, one that weds a free-music ethos to the rawest emotional songwriting. Live the material is radically reimagined from show to show, with a rotating cast of players pushing Blumberg's fragile songforms to their limits.
Yifeat Ziv is an experimental vocalist, composer and arranger, creating in between the free-improvisation, jazz, contemporary new music and sound art fields. She has worked and performed with a wide variety of artists and ensembles, including the William Parker Orchestra (US), London Experimental Ensemble (UK), Igor Krutogolov Toy Orchestra, The Revolution Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and Meitar Ensemble (IL).
Her recent sound works were presented at Design Museum Holon, The Israeli Center for Digital Media, Eretz-Israel Museum and Beit Hansen Gallery (IL), and excerpts from her new solo performance VOC:COMP Fantasies, for voice and electronics, were performed in Noizemaschine London (UK) and Tmuna Theatre (IL). She is also the co-founder of jazz vocal trio The Hazelnuts and experimental vocal quartet ABRA Ensemble, together with those groups she released four albums and performed in international festivals such as the Marseille Jazz des Cinqs Continents (FR), Tri-C Jazz (US), Safaricom Jazz (KE), Filter4Voices (CH) and Red Sea Jazz (IL).
Lucie Stepankova graduated in Sound Arts from the London College of Communication, works at Phonica Records and runs a monthly radio show on London's Netil Radio. She currently explores electro-acoustic composition and performance (under her alias Avsluta) and free improvisation. Her work in these fields is focusing on creating and inhabiting environments which could be actual, possible or imaginary. Drawing inspiration from Taoism and Japanese Aesthetics, as well as modern Western art movements, her performances are joining together the emotive and spiritual with the highly aestheticized and conceptual and blur the line between these two worlds. She works with analog synthesis, field recordings, personal objects, and electronics.'