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TOMAGA

TOMAGA TOMAGA 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.

Their second full length album ‘The Shape Of The Dance’ was released in September 2016 and has received acclaim from far and wide. Read interviews, reviews and previews here: Wire Magazine, The Quietus, Liberation, Vinyl Factory, Hartzine, The Drone, Noisey.

Having been invited to tour with such musical luminaries as Wire, Deerhoof and Silver Apples since their formation in 2013, TOMAGA have established a reputation as one of the finest live acts around.

In autumn 2015 Tomaga were invited by Turner Contemporary Gallery in Margate to stage a performance using the artworks of Pedro Reyes: re-conditioned weapons confiscated by Mexican police from drug cartels and turned into instruments. The resulting performance will be released on a forthcoming live album. In spring 2016 Tomaga were invited to contribute a sound object to the Yoko Ono exhibition ‘Lumiere De L’aube’ at the Musee D’art Contemporain De Lyon.

Listen to Tomaga’s ‘The Shape Of The Dance’ (September 2016)

Listen to tracks from the debut LP ‘Futura Grotesk’:

Watch videos…

TOMAGA – Stone Comb featuring Fukuhara Ryuzo from Hands In The Dark on Vimeo.

 

Watch ‘Alphabet Of Night’, video by Antonio Curcetti:

Alphabet of Night-Tomaga from antonio curcetti on Vimeo.

Watch ‘Futura Grotesk’, video by Ross Adams:

TOMAGA futura grotesk from ross adams on Vimeo.

Watch ‘Days Like They Were Before’, video by Julian Hand

TOMAGA ‘Days Like The Were Before’ from JULIAN HAND on Vimeo.

‘Sunday Ticket’, by Tina Caballero, taken from the 2013 cassette release “Sleepy Jazz For Tired Cats

TOMAGA Live 2015/2016:

14 Feb 2015 UK 100 Club
18 Feb 2015 FR Tour Le Temps Machine
19 Feb 2015 FR Rouen Le 106 w/ Nissenenmondai
21 Feb 2015 BE Antwerp Het Bos
12 Apr 2015 UK Brighton Prince Albert w/ WIRE
13 Apr 2015 UK Brighton Prince Albert w/ WIRE
15 Apr 2015 UK London The Lexington w/ WIRE
18 Apr 2015 PL Katowice Open Source Art Festival / OSA W KATO w/ Machinefabriek
22 Apr 2015 UK Nottingham Rescue Rooms w/ WIRE
23 Apr 2015 UK Liverpool The Kazimier w/ WIRE
24 Apr 2015 UK Hebden Bridge Trades Club w/ WIRE
01 May 2015 NL Den Haag Rewire Festival
15 May 2015 FR Lyon Nuits Sonores festival
16 May 2015 IT Faenza Clandestino
29 May 2015 CH Düdingen Kilbi Festival
30 May 2015 BE Eupen Juenglingshaus w/ Jozef Van Wissem
13 Jun 2015 UK Birmingham Supersonic Festival
30 Jun 2015 IT Cagliari Bar Florio
18 Jul 2015 NL Nijmegen Extrapool
26 Jul 2015 UK Sheffield Picture House Social – Tramlines Fringe w/ Mugstar, Ex-Easter Island Head
30 Jul 2015 UK London Corsica Studios w/ Shit & Shine
20 Aug 2015 UK London Cafe Oto w/ Pierre Bastien
22 Aug 2015 UK Ramsgate Contrapop Festival
05 Sep 2015 UK Cambridge Wysing Arts Centre w/ Orlando, LoneLady, James Holden
18 Sep 2015 FR Nantes Le Lieu Unique
20 Sep 2015 NL Tilburg Incubate Festival
02 Oct 2015 DE Krefeld Kulturrampe
03 Oct 2015 DE Berlin Kiezsalon
07 Oct 2015 CH Laussane Le Bourg
08 Oct 2015 CH Zurich Klubi
09 Oct 2015 CH Neuchatel Case a Chocs
10 Oct 2015 CH Geneva L’Usine
17 Oct 2015 UK Todmorden Golden Lion
18 Oct 2015 UK Bradford Recon Festival
23 Oct 2015 UK Derby Artsmith Studio
24 Oct 2015 IRE Dublin, Triskel Arts Centre
26 Oct 2015 UK London Cafe Oto
06 Nov 2015 IT Bari, Timezones Festival
21 Nov 2015 UK Bristol Exchange w/ ZU
25 Nov 2015 FR Besancon, FJT Les Oiseaux
26 Nov 2015 FR Lyon, Sonic
28 Nov 2015 CH Bad Bonn w/ Disappears
29 Nov 2015 FR Paris BBmix Festival

28 Jan 2016 UK London, PRS For Music Showcase, Seabright Arms.
19 Feb 2016 BE Brussels, Stellar Swamp @ Atelier 210
12 Mar 2016 UK Manchester, Islington Mill w/Gnod, Housewives
01 Apr 2016 FR Lille, PZZLE #2 à la Maison Folie de Moulins w/ Zombie Zombie
19 Apr 2016 UK Colchester, Arts Centre
01 May 2016 UK Salford, Sounds From The Other City w/ Laura Cannell
26 May 2016 UK Bristol, Exchange w/ Selvhenter
01 Jul 2016 FR Dunkerque, Mon Inouie Symphonie
16 Jul 2016 SL Tolmin, Sajeta Camp
22 Jul 2016 PT Barcelos, Milhoes De Festa w/ Goat, Part Chimp.
06 Aug 2016 UK Supernormal, Braziers Park, Oxfordshire
23 Sep 2016 BE Eupen, Meakusma Festival
24 Sep 2016 UK Liverpool Festival of Psychedelia
01 Oct 2016 UK Albany Theatre, Deptford
29 Oct 2016 UK Macao, Milano
04 Nov 2016 UK The Bullingdon, Oxford
26 Nov 2016 UK Soup Kitchen, Manchester
28 Nov 2016 UK Exchange, Bristol
01 Dec 2016 UK Malterie, Lille
02 Dec 2016 UK Magasin4, Brussels
16 Dec 2016 UK Cafe Oto, London

Selected Press:

TOMAGA ‘Futura Grotesk’ was included in a number of ‘Best Albums of 2014’ charts, including Mowno, Phonica, Boomkat, Hartzine, as well as best of month at Rocket Recordings, and Japan’s Beethobear.

Review of Tomaga opening for WIRE at The Kazimier in Liverpool Get In To This.

Listen to a mixtape made by TOMAGA at w-h-y.

Read an interview at the excellent Digital in Berlin.

Interview at musicculturevision.

Raw, visceral psych-dub killers by a wicked new duo… Boomkat

Une musique libre, unique, mais toujours fascinante… Noisey

Seven whole tracks of dystopic, psychedelic visions... –Tiny Mix Tapes

D’apparence conceptuelle, leur musique, à l’emprunte du temps et de l’écoute noctambule, s’intime pourtant invariablement tel le chemin le plus court vers l’engourdissement des sens et la divagation de l’esprit.Hartzine

Superb new album. –Fourier Transform

Futura Grotesk est, pesons les mots, une des grosses claques de cette fin de saison. Insaisissable, percutant, obsédant sont autant d’adjectifs qui résument à peine les sensations éprouvées durant son exploration. Il fait aussi partie de ceux qui nécessitent de la patience, et ne peuvent s’apprivoiser par la sélection hasardeuse d’une piste.Mowno

Their improvised music contains elements of jazz, industrial and minimalism, and for their debut album Futura Grotesk, they have ordered various fragments of their own live and studio recordings into a sonic assemblage.The Wire

Futura Grotesk By Tomaga is freaky and focused madnessRevolt Of The Apes

Mené de mains de sorciers par Thomas Corvidae et Valentina Magaletti (…), Tomaga est une sorte de récréation qui repousse les limites de l’amusement. Sur Futura Grotesk, c’est autant la pop d’après demain qu’on entend (…) qu’un écho à la musique expérimentale des années 50 et 60, faite de collages qui oscillent entre l’abstract hip hop et le psyché gazeux, la musique futuriste du début du 20ième siècle chère à Luigi Russolo et une certaine conception de la mélodie tordue, cachée comme un otage au Pakistan sous sa couverture de survie.Gonzai

It’s a kind of implosive sound which does not entirely leave you the chance to get bored nor over-focusedHeathen Harvest Periodical

Une expérience envoûtante…New Noise

Dans un monde idéal, Trish Keenan ne nous aurait pas quitté brutalement,…et elle et son compagnon James Cargill seraient en train de faire les 400 coups avec Tom R et Valentina Magaletti, les deux musiciens très talenteux qui jouent dans Tomaga. The Drone

En provoquant le danger, en se posant au bord du précipice, les deux musiciens maintiennent leur taux d’adrénaline – et le nôtre – bien au-dessus de la moyenne. Et cela, sans jamais nous embourber dans le verbiage musical pompeux ou l’inutile saccage bruitiste. (…) Dans cet album, qui ne contient pourtant que sept titres brefs, les paysages rencontrés sont innombrables et le péril, toujours au coin de la prochaine mesure…Kiblind

Il duo disegna paesaggi strumentali di psichedelia minimale e astrazioni jazz, attenti a non calcare troppo sulle indiscutibiliti doti di musici ma a mantenere anche nei passgi più surreali un certo senso del divertimento e della sorpresa.Blow Up

A track from the forthcoming album was released on The Wire Magazine Tapper CD number 36‘ in October 2014.

You can read previews of the forthcoming LP at “Noise Magazine‘, Tiny Mixtapes, The Drone, Gonzai, Piccadilly Records.

Read a review of TOMAGA opening for Deerhoof in New York, May 2014.

Nic Bullen from FACT Magazine considered TOMAGA at Supernormal Festival one of the best live shows of 2013. FACT also wrote about the debut TOMAGA cassette release, ‘Sleepy Jazz For Tired Cats’. Read Valentina’s interview for music, culture, vision blog.

Live booking: tom@julietippex.com

TOMAGA PRESS PICTURES