Radio station: SWR 2
Venue/s of the event: E-WERK Freiburg
Links: SWR 2
audio stream: SWR 2
Tomaga is a live-duo formed by Valentina Magaletti and Tom Relleen. They channel various forms of multi-instrumentalism into music that moves by turns through industrial, jazz, psychedelia and minimalism, on it’s way to somewhere wholly other. Devoted to musical exploration, this London based duo obsessively deconstruct familiar tropes, looking for the tension that lies between improvisation and form. Tomaga formed in 2014 and have already released an impressive discography.
Having been invited to tour with such musical luminaries as Stereolab, Wire, Deerhoof, Thurston Moore, FAUST, Lee Ranaldo and Silver Apples since their formation, Tomaga are truly one of the finest live acts around.
Bari-born, London-based Valentina Magaletti is a drummer, composer and percussionist who strategically tries to enrich the folkloristic and conventional palette of her endless listening, experimenting with new materials and sounds. She worked, performed and co-wrote with many artists including Nicolas Jaar, Jandek, Helm, Raime, Malcom Catto, Charles Haywards, Graham Lewis (Wire, Dome), Tightpaul Sandra (Coil, Spiritualized, Julian Cope), Thurston Moore, Bat for Lashes, Gruff Rhys (Super Furry Animals), Lafawndah and many more. In her current project, Vanishing Twin (Fire Records) she has a more conventional jazz approach that finds its escape in the drone/ field recordings of the percussive approach in her other main experimental / avant-garde duo Tomaga. Valentina has released two solo records and few other collaborative records as UUUU, Vanishing Twin and CZN.
Tom Relleen is bassist in The Oscillators and one half of Tomaga.