otoprojects


OTOProjects is a not-for-profit Community Interest Company (CIC) that has been set up to manage the programme at Café Oto.

In addition to managing and delivering the programme of live events at Cafe Oto most evenings, OTOProjects is also developing new strands including workshops, film screenings and salons that will run alongside the core programme.

OTOProjects is also working with artists and institutions in the UK and abroad to expand the programme beyond the walls of the venue.

Keep and eye on this page and on the Café Oto programme page for forthcoming events. You can also sign up for our email list or follow us on Twitter.

Background images by Andy Newcombe, Marie Roux, Close to 94, Fabiolug.

PAST RESIDENCIES & PROJECTS

 

JIM O'ROURKE + RUSSELL HASWELL + MARC HURTADO
@ THE SOUTH LONDON GALLERY
29 November 2012

An evening of experimental sound and image organised together with and taking place at the South London Gallery. The event included a solo live performance by Russell Haswell with large-scale phase scope projections, a premiere presentation of new music from Jim O'Rourke commissioned especially for the occasion and a rare screening on 16mm of Marc Hurtado's (Étant Donnés) film Bleu and short performance by the artist.

 

FUSHITSUSHA + JOHN BUTCHER + TEMPERATURES
@ ST JOHN AT HACKNEY CHURCH
5 October 2012

Keiji Haino has been at the forefront of the Japanese avant-garde music scene for four decades. A captivating solo performer, he has played two sold out residencies at cafe oto that have demonstrated his versatility - from fleet fingered duo encounters with Peter Brötzmann and Steve Noble to the insane dynamic range of his solo vocal incantations. We've always wanted to work with Haino to present some of more adventurous rock-informed projects and Haino's reinstigation of Fushitsusha is his most potent realisation of rock music's primal energy and radical potential.

 

PETER BRÖTZMANN CHICAGO TENTET - 18-20 April 2011

Made possible with the support of the Goethe Institut, this was a celebration of Peter Brötzmann's 70th year and the first London appearance of his Chicago Tentet - one of the great ensembles of improvised music. The whole three days was met with incredible enthusiasm and garnered strong reviews. The third day of the residency was also recorded and broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

London Jazz review
The Liminal review
Financial Times review
All About Jazz review



SAM/OTO concert series - January-April 2011

SAM/OTO is a pilot commissioning project conceived by Sound and Music and Café Oto to provide grass-roots event organisers with the resources and opportunity to produce bold new programming here.

In spring 2010 we issued a public call for new event proposals of any genre, format or description. The only stipulation was that they must have a leaning towards experimental/fringe/underground activity and feature artists from outside the UK who have not previously performed at Café Oto.

After receiving almost 200 submissions from all over the globe, four were selected and awarded £2000 towards their development and realisation.

20-22 January 2011
Balloon & Needle: The New Korean Avant-Garde
Produced by: Hong Chulki with support from LIG Arts Foundation

11-13 February 2011
Lost Sounds: Miki Yui and Rolf Julius
Produced by: Rie Nakajima in collaboration with Helen Frosi of SoundFjord

24-25 March 2011
Michel Chion and Ghédalia Tazartès
Produced by: Penultimate Press & Cenatus

9-10 April 2011
Keiji Haino
Produced by: Miles of Smiles



HIT & RUN

A series of concerts in April and May 2011 curated by Israeli musician Maya Dunietz. The events included performances by Oren Ambarchi, Joe Talia, Christoph Heemann, Daniel Higgs, Assaf Talmudi, The Rebel, Perpetuum Disco, Fritz Welch, Keren Rosenbauma and four piano quartet with Steve Beresford, Tania Chen, Veryan Weston and Maya herself.



TATSUHISA YAMAMOTO - 9-10 March 2011

We paired up with The Barbican for two days will the brilliant Japanese drummer Tatsuhisa Yamamoto. Yamamoto is the rising star of Japan's experimental music scene. At OTO he was joined by Polar Bear's Seb Rochford (Drums) and Leafcutter John (Electronics) and at the Barbican he tore it up in a duo with UK improv mainstay Pat Thomas - one of the scene's most distinctive keyboardists.

Tatsuhisa Yamamoto & Pat Thomas
Tatsuhisa Yamamoto & Pat Thomas at The Barbican (picture: Marie Roux)

PAST RESIDENCIES

Wadada Leo Smith

WADADA LEO SMITH - Guitar, Brass & Percussion ensembles
26-27 August 2012

ALAN SILVA
11-12 September 2012

MATS GUSTAFSSON & THURSTON MOORE
22-23 September 2012

ANDRÉ VIDA & RASHAD BECKER
15-16 July 2012

THOMAS LEHN
26-27 June 2012

FRED FRITH
6-7 July 2011

JOE MCPHEE SURVIVAL UNIT III
23-24 March 2012

ROSCOE MITCHELL with TONY MARSH & JOHN EDWARDS
9-10 March 2012

GROUP DOUEH
7-8 March 2012

KEIJI HAINO
28-29 February 2012

[VIDEO]

ROSCOE MITCHELL with TONY MARSH & JOHN EDWARDS
9-10 March 2012

GROUP DOUEH
7-8 March 2012

TARFALA TRIO
27-28 May 2011
[video]

NATE WOOLEY & PAUL LYTTON
17-18 May 2011

PETER EVANS
5-6 May 2011
[video]

FRED FRITH
28-29 April 2011
[video]

Lou Gare

LOU GARE
16-17 March 2011

RAED YASSIN
6-7 January 2011
With support of the Delphina Foundation

Akiyama

TETUZI AKIYAMA
17-18 October 2010
[video]

Brötz

FULL BLAST TRIO
29-30 September 2010
[video]

IKUE MORI
12-14 August 2010
[video]

 

Mats Gustafsson

MATS GUSTAFSSON
9-10 April 2010
[video]

 

 

Joe McPhee

JOE McPHEE & CHRIS CORSANO
9-10 March 2010
[video]

MATTHEW SHIPP
12-14 February 2010
[video]


OTOMO YOSHIHIDE / YAN JUN / RYU HANKIL / YUEN CHEE WAI
4-5 February 2010

PETER BROTZMANN
28-30 January 2010
[video]

TORI AND REIKO KUDO
6-7 November 2009 (Cafe OTO)
9 November 2009 (Maher Shalal Hash Baz at King's Place)

SUN RA ARKESTRA
20-21 October 2009

TATSUYA YOSHIDA (Ruins)
7 August 09 (Serpentine Gallery)
+ 8-9 August 2009 (Cafe Oto)

OTOMO YOSHIHIDE & SACHIKO M
9-11 March 2009

KAN MIKAMI
11-13 September 2008

KATH BLOOM
21-23 August 2008

 

OTO PROJECT SPACE




The OTO Project Space is located just around the corner from Cafe OTO at 1-7 Ashwin Street - E8 3DL.

It was created as a space for artists to develop new work and for OTO Projects to present workshops, talks, film screenings and installations relating to the core programme at Cafe OTO. The building was designed by Assemble - a young, critically acclaimed design practice based in London - and built by a team of more than 30 volunteers.

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PROMOTERS & ARTISTS FUND


The OTO Projects Promoters and Artists Fund was set up to support the creation and delivery of new live events with UK-based musicians, made possible with support from the Jerwood Charitable Foundation. Four grants of £1500 were made available for promoters and artists to present new work by UK-based artists. The events could be of any description: a one-off live performance, short festival, new commission, residency, series of events or any other format. The grants were awarded to Miles of Smiles, Cry Parrot, BOAR collective, and Full of Noises.

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Made possible with support from:



Associated Artists Programme the Genesis Foundation

The associated artists programme at Cafe OTO has been set up to support a handful of musicians each year. Using the resources we have we hope to provide a platform to present new works, develop ideas and initiate collaborations. The programme has been made possible through support from the Genesis Foundation.

2012-2013 ASSOCIATED ARTISTS


We are pleased to launch our first Associate Artists Programme with five musicians who we feel collectively represent some of the most interesting music happening in the UK.

Angharad Davies
Rie Nakajima
Tom James Scott
Guillaume Viltard
Alex Ward

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OTO BROADCAST


OTO Broadcast goes out every Wednesday night on London's art radio station Resonance FM from 9.30-10.30pm with a mix of guests, concert recordings, interviews and even the occasional live broadcast beamed out direct from the venue itself.

Listen online via the Resonance FM website or in London on 104.4 FM.

Resonance FM website




AUDIO ARCHIVE




We contribute as a curator to the Free Music Archive, an interactive library of high-quality, legal audio downloads. The Free Music Archive is directed by WFMU, the most renowned freeform radio station in America. Our contribution includes a diverse array of artists all recorded live in concert at Cafe OTO.



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Find out more about the FMA


OTOPROJECTS / ELECTRA SERIES


OTOProjects is proud to announce a new collaborative series of events realised with Electra. The programme builds on Cafe OTO's live events and takes the form of talks, discussions, screenings and workshops by artists and musicians performing at Cafe OTO. The series provides a platform to explore the performers' practices in a more discursive format.

PAST EVENTS

Bob Ostertag 'What is Live?' // 21.7.12
Charlemagne Palestine Screening + Q&A // 4.4.12
Ghedalia Tazartes Listening event + Q&A // 11.12.11
Ikue Mori AV performance & Q&A // 16.11.11



SUPPORTERS


OTO Projects gratefully acknowledges the support of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Arts Council England and the PRS for Music Foundation.





We also receive additional project support from:








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