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 an artist and musician from London. Over the past decade he has released an extensive catalogue of music under different names, while forging ongoing collaborations with musicians, writers and filmmakers such as Neil Hagerty, David Toop and Brady Corbet. He is a prolific visual artist, described by Hans Ulrich Obrist as “one of London's most exciting emerging new artists”. Most recently Blumberg has been playing and recording at London's Cafe Oto, working intensively with a core group of improvisers consisting of violinist Billy Steiger, saxophonist Seymour Wright, double bassist Tom Wheatley and cellist Ute Kanngiesser. These regular sessions have culminated in the release of his debut eponymous record Minus on Mute Records (May 2018), accompanied by a companion LP of solos by the key players on the record including Dirty Three's Jim White. Alongside this OTORoku have released a live recording of the group and two discs by GUO, Blumberg's duo with Seymour Wright. Minus is a powerful and highly personal work, one that weds a free-music ethos to the rawest emotional songwriting. Live the material is radically reimagined from show to show, with a rotating cast of players pushing Blumberg's fragile songforms to their limits.
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.”