Duets with Blanca Regina/ Spontaneous Music’ was recorded on Saturday, August 11 in a studio in Hackney, East London, by sound recordist and musician Syd Kemp.
Drawing on the strong tradition of free improvisation (or spontaneous music) for which London is renowned throughout the world, Blanca Regina recorded short duets with each of nine musicians.
The players she chose are skilled and experienced, but with very different approaches. Her presence on each track gives the resulting recording a unity, and everything was recorded in one day. The musicians were Leafcutter John, Terry Day, John Butcher, Benedict Taylor, Matthias Kispert, Aneek Thapar, Steve Beresford, Sharon Gal, and Hyelim Kim.
The album – available as a CD and digital download – was produced by Steve Beresford and Blanca Regina, and mixed and mastered by Dave Hunt. The titles of the tracks are derived from streets near the recording studio.
Blanca Regina is an artist, curator, and tutor based in London, and is currently involved in creating audiovisual performances, sound works, multimedia installations, photography and book arts.
The vibrancy of the music scene in London was a major reason for Blanca to move here in 2011. Since then she has built up strong musical relationships with a variety of musicians.
Photo by Alberto García – Alix