Sunday 27 September 2015, 5.30pm, OTO Project Space
Ute Kanngiesser / cello
Guillaume Viltard / double bass
Special launch for Ute Kanngiesser’s first solo release Geäder which comes out today on Earshots Recordings. These recordings were made earlier this year at the Cafe OTO Project Space, and at St Augustine’s tower in Hackney.
This release and other Earshots tapes will be available at a special price for audience members.
There will be a solo cello set, and a duet with bassist Guillaume Viltard whose solo recordings came out last year as the first Earshots release.
Earshots Recordings is a new label from London. It was created alongside our ongoing concert series that focuses on improvised music and field recording works. As the sounds themselves are shaped by real environmental circumstances, our releases should be as well; brushed and crushed by the media they are engraved in.
Ute Kanngiesser is a London based musician from Germany. She has played classical cello since early childhood and turned to improvisation and experimental music while training in physical theatre and dance in Berlin. Since then, she has thoroughly deconstructed her classical roots and focussed on the immediate material of her instrument - its limitless resonance and pulse, its potential for an elemental music that dissolves conventional notions of rhythm and pitch and what it means to be lyrical.
Most recent collaborations have been with Seymour Wright, Crystabel Riley, Paul Abbott, Keira Greene, Billy Steiger, Evie Ward, Daniel Blumberg, Tom Wheatley, Jim White, Taku Sugimoto, Minami Saeki, Joe McPhee, David Ornette Cherry, and Steve Noble.
Her music has been released on Otoroku, Matchless, Earshots, Another Timbre and Mute. www.utekanngiesser.com
An intensely physical double-bassist Viltard was one of OTO’s first associate artists – he has played and performed here with musicians as diverse as Otomo Yoshihide and Kan Mikami, Louis Moholo-Moholo, and Evan Parker. Particularly memorable was a sensational solo set in support of Marc Ribot. Most often his work has been in the ‘classic’ jazz format of saxophone/bass/drums: from trios with the late Tony Marsh and Shabaka Hutchings, to most recently Eddie Prévost and Ken Vandermark.
His uncompromising, physical and rhythmic approach to the double-bass – always acoustic, adamant – connects to jazz learning from sources as diverse as Jean-Jacques Avenel, Barre Phillips, Johnny Mbizo Dyani and Ronnie Boykins.
His close association with OTO endures, and since late summer 2013 he has been part of a group of musicians playing, pushing and learning day and night in the OTO project space. Most often private, groupings around this new energy these groups are increasingly public, for example Steve Noble’s (new) Quartet.