Saturday 6 December 2014, 8pm
A great line-up featuring some of the most exciting musicians currently working in improvised music. London-based German cellist Ute Kanngiesser will be performing in a duo with drummer Paul Abbott. Percussionist/analogue electronics artist Michael Speers, double bassist Tom Wheatley, and violinist Billy Steiger perform in a new trio, and drummer Pascal Nichols (Part Wild Horses Mane on Both Sides) performs solo.
“For over 10 years, I have only played unscripted/improvised music. I have experimented with the sound of the cello, limiting myself to the alive material at hand: vast and complicated layers within the instrument and myself; and to let this music evolve continuously in relationship with others. It relates to the process of uncovering an endless multiplicity of coexisting sense perspectives. And it deals with the energy that this gives rise to. For me, it is the most exciting place to play music from.”
Paul Abbott is an artist and musician based in London, working through questions and feelings connecting music and language: using real and imaginary drums, synthetic sounds, performance and writing.
His current collaborations include XT & lll人 with Seymour Wright and Daichi Yoshikawa, Falls with Keira Greene, ULAPAARC with Cara Tolmie and an ongoing project with Will Holder. A series of solo performances in Cafe OTO’s project space are documented here. Recent releases include solo's Sphuzo, qno, & Vagus and Pah' (XT), and vjerhanxsk (lll人). He is one of the co-editor’s of Cesura//Acceso and was one of the Sound and Music “Embedded” resident artists at Cafe Oto 2015-2016.
In addition Abbott has collaborated and performed with numerous other artists and musicians, including: Benedict Drew, Pat Thomas, Ute Kanngiesser, Billy Steiger, Bill Orcutt, Danny Haywood, Joel Grip, Brandon La Belle, Eddie Prevost, Steve Noble, Sebastian Lexer, Evan Parker and Otomo Yoshihide.
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“Michael Speers is a musician from Northern Ireland, currently based in London. Feedback is the basis of most of his practice, using the limitations of himself and electronic / acoustic equipment - namely percussion, no-input mixer, sampled media, test equipment and field recordings - to depict his engagement with reality through sound phenomena. The resultant soundscape is generally dense and abrasive, focussing on texture and spatial / material resonance, which is formed live in improvised performances and in electronic compositional work.“
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Tom Wheatley plays double bass:
- with Daniel Blumberg & Billy Steiger – HEBRONIX
- and electric bass with Seymour Wright & Billy Steiger – CYNTHIA
- with John Edwards – YOKE
- with Mark Sanders & Yoni Silver – NAX/XUS
- with Grundik Kasyansky & Yoni Silver – DENIS D'OR
and in other emergent and/or ancillary groupings.
Tom Wheatley lives in London.
Billy Steiger was born in Howth on the 16th December, 1986. Now he plays the violin.
“Then he sat down by a pond and began to play a tune. As he played, the most extraordinary thing happened. One by one the fish in the pond began to jump out and fly about in the air. And what is more, they were all different colours and they were singing to the music.”
Patrick, Quentin Blake.
Pascal Nichols is a multi-disciplinary artist working mostly in ceramics, sound and illustration. He lives and works in Manchester. He is one half of Part Wild Horses Mane On Both Sides alongside Kelly Jones and his work has been exhibited, commissioned and sold worldwide.