MON 28 JULY '14
Alex Neilson returns to OTO with a fantastic self-curated line-up featuring a number of recent collaborators. Performing here with fellow Death Shanties members, Sybren Renema and Lucy Stein, the trio will also be joined by the great bassist John Edwards. Alex and John have hit it off to great effect since playing together for the first time last year, having since played at OTO with Thurston Moore and opening for Jandek in a trio with Shabaka Hutchings. N.E.W. - the London based power jazz trio of Steve Noble on drums, John Edwards on double bass and Alex Ward on electric guitar - are on blistering form following the recent release of new album, Motion, on Dancing Wayang, and are never less than utterly compelling live. Opening this evening will also be the first duo performance from Sybren Renema and Alex Ward on saxophone and clarinet respectively.
THU 31 JULY '14
In the somewhat crowded scene of Tuareg guitarists, Mdou stands apart from his peers. One of the few original singer/songwriters willing to experiment and push the boundaries of the genre, his unconventional styles have won him accolades both in Niger and abroad. Rising to the status as local celebrity, in 2008 he traveled to Nigeria to record his first album “Anar” – a psychedelic electronic album of Tuareg guitar, became an instant success throughout the mp3 networks of West Africa. “Tahoultine,” one of the standout tracks, was later featured on the compilation “Music from Saharan Cellphones.”