A Music Residency program.
The sixth residency of 2017 (12th overall) was an international collaborative between the tour de force of Manchester Graham Massey (808 State) and Istanbul free jazz musicians Umut Caglar (Konstrukt). You can buy the 12" Vinyl now from the live show via our shop.
The sixth residency of 2017 (12th overall) was an international collaborative between the tour de force of Manchester Graham Massey (808 State) and Istanbul free jazz musicians Umut Caglar (Konstrukt).
During their 10 day residency which was split between the Islington Mill event space and Massey’s Transmission Suite (Old Granada Studios), the duo worked together recording and working towards a final live show. This was only the second time ever that they has collaborated, following their brief one day collaboration back in 2015 at Islington Mill, when they worked with local saxophonist David McLean which resulted in a ‘Live at Islington Mill’ tape release on Austin Texas label (Astral Spirits).
Massey & Caglar have both come from a techno DJ background as their entry to the music scene and have since moved into the avant garde. Caglar states 808 State as one of his favourite bands growing up. The result of the residency is a duet album written and recorded within the 10 days (soon to be released on the Samarbeta label), along with a live performance with Paddy Steer which took place in the Islington Mill event space on 1st September 2017.
The record and performance is a unique blend using their past experience as techno artists to build something new as current avant garde musicians; a mash of past and present, techno and jazz, dj and producer and Istanbul and Manchester.
About the Musicians
Umut Çalar, is a musician from Istanbul, Turkey, interested in improvised music in all the formats. Plays guitar, keyboards, woodwinds, percussion. He has been playing free music since a very early age and performed as a DJ for 10 years. He founded the free music band konstrukt to play improvised music in 2008, who have eleased several albums, recorded and performed with Peter Brötzmann, Marshall Allen ( Sun Ra Arkestra) and Evan Parker. Umut Çalar promotes performances and recordings moving around from total noise to total improv concerts.
Manchester born Graham Massey was a member of post punk group Biting Tongues once signed to Factory Records. In 1988 he was a founding member of the seminal UK Techno group 808 State, Their self released debut album ‘Newbuild’ was a game changer for UK electronica. This began a run of adventurous releases many of which crashed not only dance floors world-wide but the singles and album charts. A prolific remixer and producing career ran in parallel with 808 States now 30 year continuum. This included writing Army Of Me with Bjork. Massey has numerous side projects such as a 28 piece big band “Toolshed “, an all girl organ quartet ‘The Sisters Of Transistors”, a Sun Ra tribute band “The Part Time Heliocentric Cosmo Drama After School Club” and a solo electronica act as Massonix.
Massey has just composed and performed an hour long live soundtrack for Jeremy Dellers’ “What Is A City But The People” which opened 2017’s Manchester International Festival in Piccadilly Gardens.