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 has played cello since early childhood, and for more than a decade, has only played unscripted, improvised music - solo and in collaboration with other musicians and composers in London and internationally. An important part of her work has developed in relationship to other art forms such as writing, dance, film, and site specific performance. More recently, she has begun to experiment with open form compositions, writing semi-graphic scores as a way of recording music, that can be retrieved later on and in new ways.
Recent collaborations have been with Evie Ward, Daniel Blumberg, Billy Steiger, Tom Wheatley, Crystabel Riley, Seymour Wright, Paul Abbott, Keira Greene, John Butcher, Eddie Prévost and Jennifer Allum.
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.