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.
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3. The Fuse
5. Off & On
7. The Bomb
Daniel Blumberg is a musician and artist from London. With a decade of musical activity behind him under various pseudonyms, he now focuses his activities under his own name to explore the intersection between song-writing and improvisation, while forging ongoing exchanges with other artists and filmmakers and developing his practice as a visual artist. His second solo album On&On (2020) – the follow up to 2018's Minus - pushes the art of song into expansive new territories and features contributions from a tight-knit group of musicians: Elvin Brandhi (vocals), Ute Kanngiesser (chelo), Billy Steiger (violin), Tom Wheatley (double bass) and Jim White (drums). The material is radically reimagined in live settings, with a rotating cast of players casting new light on his songbook from concert to concert.
He has composed music for The BFI/Curzon Cinema’s Agnes Varda film season Gleaning Truths and recently completed the score for Mona Fastwold’s forthcoming feature The World To Come starring Vanessa Kirby, Katherine Waterston and Casey Affleck. For the NEXT Festival concert at Cafe OTO Daniel will be preforming alongside Ute Kanngiesser (chelo), Billy Steiger (violin) and Tom Wheatley (double bass).
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 is an artist and musician based in London
His current projects include:
- A long-standing collaboration with Billy Steiger
- Various lineups & outputs with Daniel Blumberg, often including Billy Steiger, Ute Kanngiesser and Jim White
- ТЕПЛОТА with Grundik Kasyansky
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.