He is one of the most seductive contemporary voices of the British music scene. His rarefied sound, the refined atmospheres, his caressing voice, will enchant you at first listening. We are talking about the English musician and composer Daniel Blumberg who, on Monday 18 March, will hold a concert at the Spin Time Labs Auditorium, an extraordinary place for artistic and human encounters.
His debut album, Minus, was released in May 2018 by Mute Records. But he is certainly not a novice artist. His first record label signed him when he still went to school. He formed a band when he was a teenager and began collaborating with the likes of David Berman, Lambchop and Neil Michael Hagerty of Royal Trux. But he forms his musical career especially around the Café Oto in Dalston, London, a place of experimentation where artists improvise and continuously create, ranging from folk to rock, from jazz to electronic. This is where Blumberg spends about five years, along side artists such as violinist Billy Steiger, bassist Tom Wheatley, saxophonist Seymour Wright, cellist Ute Kanngiesser and guitarist Ross Lambert.
Music seems to be an all-encompassing experience for him, which forges and illuminates him along a journey of exploration and creative encounters. His sound does not hide his inner fears, fueled by a very turbulent and emotionally unstable life, which leads him to confront mental illness. But he comes out stronger, with an album that he records live in just five days during his stay, alone, in Wales and that marries the ethos of improvisation with the crudest emotional songwriting. The result is a profound work, in which the listener is immersed in sounds diluted by a rare sensibility, dilated along exploratory paths of the highest enchantment. Everything seems to surrender to an improvised experimentation, of which Blumberg has great experience, but behind it hides a great compositional ability, declined by an extraordinary talent for melody.
The Spin Time Labs Auditorium is a real urban regeneration yard, born from the recovery of a former abandoned INPDAP building, which turns into cultural renaissance and artistic renewal. Occupied and recovered in 2013, the building becomes the home of hundreds of needy people, but also the home of a multi-purpose center with multiple environments: a beautiful auditorium for quality concerts and book launches, two smaller concert halls, an “osteria”offering local cuisine, a brewery, a theater and even a carpentry shop where the furnishing elements of the Spin Time are built. In short, a creative laboratory. And if there was a need to show that culture and art can help to recover abandoned places and people, Spin Time Labs is living proof of this.
Daniel Blumberg, Monday, March 18 at the Auditorium Spin Time Labs, Via Statilia No. 15 / Via di S. Croce in Gerusalemme, No. 55, Rome. Information: unpluggedinmonti.com