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Baker's Dozen

Speaking Rhythms: Valentina Magaletti’s Baker’s Dozen
Jennifer Lucy Allan , March 31st, 2021 09:57

Prolific drummer and collaborator Valentina Magaletti marks the release of Tomaga's finest album by telling Jennifer Lucy Allan about her favourite 13 albums, from The Cure to Miles Davis, Art Blakey, and Can to Deerhoof, This Heat and the Art Ensemble Of Chicago. Photo by Adele di Nunzio


This Heat – This Heat
Tomaga wouldn’t exist without This Heat. Charles Hayward is one of my dearest friends and a mentor to me. I've been living in London for 22 years now and he's always been so supportive of my drumming, perhaps not quite a father figure, but he’s someone I really worship. When we play together, he wants to learn from me too, which is so flattering. 

Where did you meet?

It's a good question. I don't know the first time. We played with him so many times, and I have a split record, a 7" with him. He's for real. It's not staged. He will put on stage whatever is in his mind, and there's no boundaries, and he is phenomenal for that, I love the man. We did a few improv gigs in little places in London, and he was the one who introduced me to Thurston Moore when they were after a drummer for the Can project where I filled in for Jackie and we did Monster Movie at the Barbican.