Wednesday 25 April 2018, 7.30pm, OTO Project Space
SOLO:DUO:TRIO is a monthly night of improvised performances bringing together a wide variety of musicians and artists. Each show features a solo, a duo, and a trio performance where performers are invited to present something new or play with a person they haven’t played with before in an intimate and open environment.
SOLO: Alexandra Spence
DUO: James L Malone & Otto Willberg
TRIO: Hannah Marshall, Ken Ikeda & Alison Blunt
£7 on the door (£5 members)
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.
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.
Ken Ikeda (b. 1964, Japan) is a composer and performer, born in Tokyo. After studying at Berklee College of Music, he has exhibited sound art and visual installations around the world, and has worked with John Russell, Eddie Prevost, David Toop, Simon Scott, Toshimaru Nakamura, Tetuzi Akiyama and many other improvising musicians; He has collaborated with, amongst others, artist Mariko Mori, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Tadanori Yokoo; and composed and recorded for film maker David Lynch. He released CD albums from Touch, Spekk, Baskaru, White Paddy Mountain and Home Normal. Ken Ikeda currently lives and works in London, UK.
Otto is an improvising musician and composer, who mostly plays the double bass. His obsessive, and slightly unhinged tape Got Gills? is issued this July on Slip, and is his first release with the imprint.
He plays with multiple groups around the UK, and has recently toured NYC and the States with guitarist David Birchall, and psych outfit Desmadrados Soldados de Ventura.
James L Malone is an improvising guitarist living in London. He has performed with musicians such as Eddie Prévost, Ute Kanngeisser, Phil Durrant, Steve Beresford and Adam Bohman. Regular projects include: Onin (with Joe Wright), a duo with Phil Maguire and Frost&Malone (with Reuben Kyriakides).
Alexandra Spence is an artist and musician from Sydney, Australia. She makes and performs audiovisual installations, electroacoustic compositions, improvised music and experimental performance.
Alex’s practice explores the idea of listening as an active practice, examining the ways in which our individual notions of place and identity are shaped and mediated through sound. Her work navigates the idea of sonic materialism through an examination of resonance and vibration in everyday life. Through her practice Alex attempts to reimagine the intricate relationships between the listener, the object, and the surrounding environment as a kind of communion or conversation. Her aesthetic favours small sounds, hidden sonic processes, subtlety, quietude and unusual sound sources (she holds the pseudo-scientific belief that electricity might actually be magic).