All members of the OTO family in their own right, the group casts Blumberg’s songs as through-ideas to weave four threads around. New material from their forthcoming album Minus - out 4th May on Mute Records - heard for the first time here.
Daniel Blumberg / steinberger guitar, piano, harmonica, voice
Ute Kanngiesser / cello
Tom Wheatley / double bass
Billy Steiger / violin
Recorded live at Cafe OTO by Shaun Crook on Wednesday 28th February 2018. Mixed and Mastered by Marta Salogni. Drawing by Daniel Blumberg. All songs written by Daniel Blumberg and published by Mute Song Ltd.
Available as 320k MP3 or 24bit FLAC
3. The Fuse
5. Off & On
7. The Bomb
Daniel Blumberg is an artist and musician from London. Over 7 years, he has released 6 records each under a different name, collaborating in the studio and live with musicians including Low, Silver Jews, Lambchop, Neil Michael Hagerty, Jad Fair and Norman Blake
Since 2013 Blumberg has been recording, developing and performing at Cafe Oto and Oto's Project Space with Billy Steiger, Kohhei Matsuda, Seymour Wright, Tom Wheatley and Ute Kanngiesser.
His recent work both references and is inspired by an ongoing series of over 1000 oil drawings he began on the island of Sanday, Orkney.
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.
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.
“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.”