Born in Italy and based in London, Valentina Magaletti uses unconventional drum sets, field recordings and oscillators she skips between industrial, free jazz and experimental forms with masterful fluidity, mapping out tense, hypnotic themes on her solo material. Ahead of her residency with Maria Chavez for the Rewire 2021 online edition, she was interviewed by The Quietus for their longstanding Bakers Dozen feature. Read the interview and check out some of her work below.
Whilst she is adept as a unique solo artist, she also plays and records as part of Vanishing Twin, Holy Tongue, Tomaga, and has worked alongside Nicolás Jaar, Lafawndah, Helm, Raime and many others. Having just released 'INTIMATE IMMENSITY' with Tomaga to much acclaim, Magaletti was interviewed by The Quietus' Jennifer Lucy Allan, as she was asked to name her 13 favourite albums and talk about the influence they have had on her. From The Cure and Fugazi to The Art Ensemble of Chicago and Don Cherry, her selections illustrate her eclectic range of influences. She goes on to say: “Some of the records in this list have a vibe for me where I feel all of a sudden, like, where have I been?! I'm a very passionate person, so whoever played me that record is going to get blamed too – why the fuck didn’t they play me this before?” Read Valentina Magaletti's Baker's Dozen here.
Her most recent solo effort was "A Queer Anthology of Drums", released on Café Oto's in-house label TakuRoku. The record, about which a documentary is being made, is darkly personal and introspective. Magaletti says it was "the darkest time of my life – a little bit because of the pandemic, a little bit because [Tomaga bandmate] Tom Relleen got diagnosed with cancer, so I knew I was going to lose my brother, and breaking up with my girlfriend – all that effort went into intimacy, narrative and me putting this out." Listen to 'The Unity of the Mind' from the album here.
Check out her collaboration with Marlene Ribero 'Due Matte':
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Listen to 'INTIMATE IMMENSITY' by Tomaga here:
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Maria Chavez & Valentina Magaletti present the world premiere of their remote residency at the Rewire 2021 online edition. Find out more about their collaboration here.
Attend the Facebook event here.