Kevin Drumm
In residence


TUES 22 JULY '14 • 8PM • £10 adv / £12 on the door / £18 2-day pass
Kevin Drumm & Axel Dörner (duo) + Phil Julian (quadraphonic solo)
WED 23 JULY '14 • 8PM • £10 adv / £12 on the door / £18 2-day pass
Kevin Drumm & Russell Haswell (duo) + Seymour Wright & John Butcher (duo)

Kevin Drumm returns to cafe OTO for two days this summer: a duo with long-time co-conspirator Axel Dörner (on trumpet and electronics) and a first time live duo performance with Russell Haswell - the pre-eminent exponent (and erstwhile raconteur!) of UK noise. We'll have an additional PA in each evening for full-range quadrophonic sound and both nights will open with a contrasting set - the first a solo performance from Phil Julian and then an extreme sax duo of John Butcher and Seymour Wright on the second night. Brace yourselves...........MORE>

Delphine Dora

Delphine Dora + Áine O'Dwyer + Sophie Cooper

THU 24 JULY '14 • 8:00PM • £7 adv / £8 on the door

Delphine Dora is a versatile and iconoclast musician, improvising mostly with voice and piano. Apart the piano, her main instrument, she plays also harmonium, organ, harpsichord, keyboard, melodica and violin. Since 2005, she has issued a large number of recordings in broad stylistic character. Also on the bill are Áine O'Dwyer - an instrumentalist and singer, a long time member of the Irish free folk collective United Bible studies and collaborator of numerous musical projects including The Cloisters, Mark Fry and the A-Lords; and Sophie Cooper - a West Yorkshire based musician whose main interest is in experimenting with conventional song writing. Cooper's music is written to reflect her life and more often than not is inspired by the people around her. The songs have a dreamlike quality, with sounds and vocals drifting in and out of clarity..............MORE>

OTO ale


Come in and hang out. Japanese snacks, Sake, Shochu, Plum Wine, an expansive selection of Single Malt Whiskies from Scotland, Japan and Wales. Hacker-Pschorr Munchen Helle Lager, and Brugse Zot on tap and some exceptional beers in the fridge from The Kernel, and East London Brewing Company and a big range of Belgian greats including Orval, and Dubbel, Westmalle Dubbel and Trappist and the Trappistes Rochefort 10.
Javier Canepa
Project Space


SAT 26 JULY '14 • 6:00PM • PROJECT SPACE • £4 on the door

Two Duos - double double bass and sax/electronics - at The OTO Project Space. Tom Wheatley is a Double Bass and Electric Bass player based in, and native to, London. He plays to open the bass – sonically and physically, musically and surgically; un(-)sound praxis. Javier Gonzalo Cánepa is an Argentinian double-bassist, pianist and trumpeter. He is part of “Trio Argentino de Contrabajos”, jointly with Adrián Fanello and Fernando Posse. Steve Beresford has played and composed a wide range of music on both pianos and electronics, from free improvisation to more commercial styles. Rachel Musson is a saxophonist and improviser based in the thriving London improvised music scene...............MORE>

OTO ale


Come in and hang out. Japanese snacks, Sake, Shochu, Plum Wine, an expansive selection of Single Malt Whiskies from Scotland, Japan and Wales. Hacker-Pschorr Munchen Helle Lager, and Brugse Zot on tap and some exceptional beers in the fridge from The Kernel, and East London Brewing Company and a big range of Belgian greats including Orval, and Dubbel, Westmalle Dubbel and Trappist and the Trappistes Rochefort 10.
Roland Ramanan

Roland Ramanan Tentet

SUN 27 JULY '14 • 8:00PM • £8 adv / £10 on the door

This is the first live performance by a new and revamped line up featuring Rachel Musson (tenor sax) and Roberto Sassi (guitar and electronics) as well as Dominic Lash on electric bass and Mark Sanders on drums. Wailing, whispering; sighing, roaring; this Tentet comprises some of the most exciting musicians to emerge from the UK, Madrid (and beyond) free-jazz and improvised music scene. Inspired by playing with the Peter Brotzmann tentet Ramanan has forged a group that combines original compositions, with free and conducted improvisation to wildly sensual effect. This gig will launch their new CD on Leo Records. The Roland Ramanan Tentet is a free jazz ensemble inspired partly by the Peter Brotzmann Tentet with whom Ramanan has played on a couple of occasions..............MORE>

Alex Neilson by Tim Ferguson

Alex Neilson / Sybren Renema / Lucy Stein / John Edwards + N.E.W. (Edwards/Noble/ Ward) + Sybren Renema / Alex Ward

MON 28 JULY '14 • 8:00PM • £6 adv / £8 on the door

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..............MORE>

Glasses by Dawid Laskowski

Sound Matter // Angharad Davies with Lina Lapelyte / Adam Bohman with Andie Brown / Sharon Gal with David Toop

TUES 29 JULY '14 • 8:00PM • £8 adv / £10 on the door

What is the mass of sound? How much space does it occupy? Without matter there is no sound, but sound is not the matter that carries it. Sound Matter brings together six unique performers in a program of three intimate sets. The concert presents different perspectives, focusing on the various materials used for music and sound creation. It highlights improvisation as means for composition and explores collaboration as a process of offering and sharing creative visions..............MORE>


JOLT and The Click Clack Project present: The NIS (Amplified Elephants / BOLT Ensemble) + John Wall + Ben Harper

WED 30 JULY '14 • 8:00PM • £8 adv / £10 on the door

JOLT Sonic Arts presents an immersive multimedia experience performed by the Amplified Elephants and the BOLT Ensemble, directed by James Hullick. This cutting edge sonic media experience employs electro-acoustic sound, interactive screen projections, robotic machines and video. Central to this project is the collaboration between the Amplified Elephants (professional sound artists with a disability), and one of Australia's finest contemporary chamber orchestras, the BOLT Ensemble. Through robotic sound machines the machine and artist unite, at times performing interactive real-time music scores created via computer games..............MORE>

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Mdou Moctar

THU 31 JULY '14 • 8:00PM • £12 adv / £15 on the door

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.”.............MORE>

body of sound
Project Space

OTO PROJECT SPACE // BODY OF SOUND: Charles Hayward & Mirei Yazawa


Charles Hayward is known as the pioneering drummer with This Heat and Camberwell Now. When Camberwell Now disbanded in 1987 Hayward embarked on a solo career which has continued to the present day. He debuted with Survive the Gesture (1987), Skew-whiff (1989) Switch on War (1991) and My Secret Alphabet (with Nick DOYNE-DITMAS) in 1993. Committed to song 'but the shapes have to change', the current incarnation of his one-man show is an intoxicating mix of percussive attack, swirling electronics and lyrical fragment collage...............MORE>

Wolf Eyes
In residence

Upset The Rhythm presents... WOLF EYES - THE DOUBLE

SAT 2 AUGUST '14 • 8PM • £10 adv / £12 on the door / £18 2-day pass
Wolf Eyes + Annihilating Light + Mark Dicker
TUES 5 AUGUST '14 • 8PM • £10 adv / £12 on the door / £18 2-day pass
Wolf Eyes solo projects: Regression + Crazy Jim + Henry & Hazel Slaughter

Wolf Eyes' infamous blistering noise propelled them from being a dank Ann Arbour, Michigan basement sensation to the finest ranks of Sub Pop without ever losing a shred of credibility. From touring with Sonic Youth and Andrew W.K., Wolf Eyes have crossed borders into popularity which few other such confrontational units of their ilk have been able to and kept straight and narrow on their blazing path. Originally started as the solo project of former Nautical Almanac member Nate Young, he was soon joined by Aaron Dilloway in 1998, John Olson in 2000 then Mike Connelly and now Crazy Jim. They has released over 150 recordings in their relatively short lifespan, on labels such as Bulb Records, Troubleman Unlimited, Fusetron, and Sub Pop, as well as on Olson’s American Tapes label, Dilloway’s Hanson Records, Mike Connelly’s Gods of Tundra label and Nate Young’s AA Records. This show sees WOLF EYES play a one off UK show in support of their incredible new album 'No Answer: Lower Floors' out this month on De Stijl Records and as anyone whose seen them play live can attest the overwhelming force of a Wolf Eyes performance must be seen/felt/heard to to be believed...........MORE>

Ways With No Glory

Ways With No Glory - Phil Minton and Veryan Weston: Selected Songs and Improvisations + Sylvia Hallett & Sue Ferrar

SUN 3 AUGUST '14 • 8:00PM • £8 adv / £10 on the door

On 4th August 2014, exactly one hundred years ago Britain and Germany went to war. On the eve of that day the Cafe OTO will be hosting a performance by Phil Minton and Veryan Weston to cast a different perspective on that war. The focus will be on the courageous stance that some men took in refusing to kill their fellow working-men when they were conscripted in 1916. One of these was Harry Patch, the oldest First World War survivor, who said of war a few years before he died at the age of 111: “To me, it's a licence to go out and murder. Why should the British government call me up and take me out to a battlefield to shoot a man I never knew, whose language I couldn't speak?”.............MORE>

Xylouris White

Xylouris White (Jim White / Giorgos Xylouris)

MON 4 AUGUST '14 • 8:00PM • £12 adv / £TBA on the door

Xylouris White brings together two masters of contemporary music: Jim White, a founder of the internationally acclaimed trio Dirty Three and Giorgos Xylouris (Psaragiorgis) the master lutenist who has been described as ‘the future of Cretan music'. Together Xylouris White have created a new and compelling blend of melody and rhythm. Even to watch them absorbed in their music is an exhilarating experience. Jim and Psaragiorgis first played together in Melbourne. Since then they have been on a wonderful journey across three continents. Although these new experiences have added many riches neither has lost touch with the best of their diverse traditions..............MORE>

Thurston Moore
In residence

THURSTON MOORE: TWO DAY RESIDENCY WITH John Edwards / Adam Golebiewski + Caspar Brötzmann

WED 6 AUGUST '14 • 8PM • £12 adv / £15 on the door

Thurston Moore needs little introduction - an inventive and instantly recognisable guitarist both in his solo work and as a member of Sonic Youth. Thurston has also been a long running participant in and champion of much of the music that we hold dear at Cafe OTO, as well as being responsible for some of the standout nights we've had here. We're very pleased to welcome him back for what promise to be two very special shows. Wednesday sees Thurston re-combine with the great double bassist John Edwards, in a new trio with Polish drummer Adam Golebiewski, who has played with the likes of Yoko Ono, Mats Gustafsson, Fred Lonberg­Holm and Ken Vandermark. Then on Thursday, Thurston pairs up with Caspar Brötzmann - a musician he has previously described as one of the best guitar players he has ever met - for a potentially incendiary duo performance...........MORE>

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In residence


SAT 9 AUGUST '14 • 8PM • £10 adv / £12 on the door / £18 2-day pass
- Steve Beresford / Paal Nilssen-Love / Ståle Liavik Solberg
- Rachel Musson / Julie Kjær / Hannah Marshall
- Sten Sandell / Paal Nilssen-Love
- Lotte Anker / Pat Thomas / Ingebrigt Håker Flaten / Ståle Liavik Solberg

SUN 10 AUGUST '14 • 8PM • £10 adv / £12 on the door / £18 3-day pass
- Saka / Pat Thomas
- Sten Sandell / Emil Strandberg / Patric Thorman / John Russell
- Terrie Ex / Paal Nilssen-Love
- Alan Silva / Mette Rasmussen / Ståle Liavik Solberg
- MoE

Oslo's Blow Out club bring their annual festival to London for the very first time with two days of the very best of free-improvised music. Set up by Paal Nilssen-Love (Lean Left/The Thing/Peter Brötzmann Chicago Tentet) and Ståle Liavik Solberg, the concert series Blow Out! is a collaboration with Konsertforininga and presents improvised music from home and abroad every Tuesday throughout the year as well as an annual 3-day festival...........MORE>

body of sound
Project Space

OTO PROJECT SPACE // BODY OF SOUND: Dominic Lash & Selina Papoutseli


Dominic Lash has performed with Tony Conrad and Evan Parker; other currently active ensembles include a duo with Alex Ward, a trio with John Butcher and John Russell and The Convergence Quartet (with Taylor Ho Bynum, Harris Eisenstadt and Alexander Hawkins). He also leads The Set Ensemble (an experimental music group mainly devoted to the work of composers from the Wandelweiser collective). Recent CD publications include work on the Another Timbre, Cathnor, Clean Feed and Psi labels. He was resident in New York for much of 2011, where he performed with musicians including Michael Pisaro, Fay Victor and Nate Wooley. Selina Papoutseli is a London based Greek performer. She trained with Philippe Gaullier, Adon Adassinsky, Kazuo Ohno, Min Tanaka, Masaki Iwana and Mladen Materic. Her work focuses on exploring bodies as objects in space and time, creating visual narratives & playing with humour, stillness and emotion...............MORE>

Black Heath Coven

Cordyceps Is Your Friend: Lorah Pierre + Black Heath Coven + Bbblood + Anji Cheung + Grapefruits + Laid Eyes + Brassica (DJ)

FRI 15 AUGUST '14 • 8:00PM • £4 adv / £5 door / £10 bundle with Glottalstop LP

Sonic seeds and spores from sound artist and improviser Lorah Pierre, Stoke-on-Trent-based doom/ambient trio Black Heath Coven, fractious noise musician Bbblood, minimalist dronemaker Anji Cheung and synth/cello improv duo Grapefruits. Plus filmprojektion from Laid Eyes and DJ set til late from Brassica.

Lorah Pierre's work is inspired by adopting scientific experiments and the process of forgotten technology, with performances displaying the sonification and optical realisations of these processes. Black Heath Coven feature members of Vile Plummage and Space Witch and build coruscating doom atmospherics which spill suddenly into acoustic reveries and tape loops. Bbblood is London-based Paul Watson, who makes noise scree that moves from the envelopingly abstract to the caustically brutal. Anji Cheung crafts repetitious, minimal and meditative drone space for the mind's psychedelic landscapes - purely subconscious and of the theta wave. Grapefruits are the synth and cello improvising duo of Tartaruga Records' Max Bondi and Oliver Barrett (Petrels/Glottalstop)..............MORE>

John Tilbury

John Tilbury & Maya Dunietz - two pianos

MON 18 AUGUST '14 • 8:00PM • £6 adv / £8 on the door

Two duo sets from a pair of incredible pianists and improvisers in the form of John Tilbury and Maya Dunietz. British pianist John Tilbury is renowned for his remarkable touch and in constant demand as an interpreter of piano pieces by composers such as Morton Feldman and John Cage. During the 1960s, Tibury was closely associated with the composer Cornelius Cardew, whose music he has interpreted and recorded and a member of the Scratch Orchestra. He is also an incredible improvisor, most famously as a member of legendary British group AMM. Maya Dunietz is one of the leading voices in new music in Israel, and a unique pianist whose playing mashes together the history of the piano into relentless improvised associations. She brings to the instrument an avantgarde humor that is rare and a unique ability to go at any moment to any musical space in a way that is always surprising..............MORE>

Dominic Lash and Dimitra Lazaridou Chatzigoga

Dominic Lash / Dimitra Lazaridou-Chatzigoga / Phil Julian (trio) + Ute Kanngiesser / Clive Bell / Jennifer Allum (trio) + Stephen Cornford / Dan Bennett (duo)

MON 18 AUGUST '14 • 8:00PM • £7 adv / £9 on the door

Debut London performances from three new ensembles spanning the full range of acoustic-electronic performance and comprised of some of the most exciting musicians currently working in the capital. For the opening duo, installation artist and improvising musician Stephen Cornford - who works by reconfiguring and re-imagining consumer audio electronics - lines up alongside Dan Bennett on computer and modular synthesiser. German cellist Ute Kanngiesser performs in a new trio alongside Shakuhachi player / multi-instrumentalist Clive Bell, and improvising violinist Jennifer Allum, with whom she's previously released a CD on Matchless Recordings recorded in Hackney's historic bell tower. Rounding off the evening, prolific double bassist Dominic Lash forms another new trio alongside Greek musician and linguist Dimitra Lazaridou-Chatzigoga on zither, and sound artist, composer and improviser Phil Julian on computer and electronics..............MORE>


Be Prepared for: Memory Drawings + Stereocilia + Chris Tenz

TUES 19 AUGUST '14 • 8:00PM • £7 adv / £9 on the door

Memory Drawings are an Anglo- American collective, led by the hammered dulcimer, and featuring members of Hood (Domino Records) and Lanterns on the Lake (Bella Union). The group's forthcoming album, 'There is No Perfect Place', showcases Talk Talk like atmospherics, Angelo Badalamenti-influenced instrumentals and ethereal William Basinski style piano pieces. Bristol based guitarist and composer Stereocilia coaxes warm burbling drones from his treated guitar. The London based Canadian, Chris Tenz, fashions unusual folk-like songs from acoustic guitar and found-sounds..............MORE>

Chris Corsano residency poster
In residence

Chris Corsano - Summer Residency

WED 20 AUGUST '14 • 8PM • £8.50–£25 / £30–£47.50 4-day pass
- Chris Corsano Solo
- Ilan Volkov's Summer Strings
- Lover's Ritual with Chris Corsano

THU 21 AUGUST '14 • 8PM • £8.50–£25 / £30–£47.50 4-day pass
- Okkyung Lee / John Butcher / Chris Corsano
- Mette Rasmussen / Alan Wilkinson / Pat Thomas / Chris Corsano

FRI 22 AUGUST '14 • 8PM • £8.50–£25 / £30–£47.50 4-day pass
- Evan Parker / John Edwards / Chris Corsano
- Massimo Pupillo and Chris Corsano

SAT 23 AUGUST '14 • 8PM • £8.50–£25 / £30–£47.50 4-day pass
- Vibracathedral Orchestra with Chris Corsano

Four-day Summer Residency from one of the greatest drummers working today. Corsano has developed a percussive language of extraordinary amplitude and infinite resources. His collaborations stretch from free jazz greats (Joe McPhee, Paul Flaherty & more) to noise mavens (Bill Nace, C Spencer Yeh etc) and pop superstars (Björk). Capable of generating narrative out of permanent ecstasy, Corsano never ceases to be profoundly affirmative and imposing of his language, and being an absolute and charismatic virtuoso, he simultaneously is one of the most noble and generous improvisers of the few last decades...........MORE>

Robert Turman

Robert Turman + Cam Deas + To/To + Cejero DJs

SUN 24 AUGUST '14 • 8:00PM • £8 adv / £10 on the door

A great line-up of genre-defying modular constructions and enveloping sonic scree. US experimental/noise musician Robert Turman brings a disorientating morass of electronic textures that deftly weave between ambience and abstraction whilst losing none of the bite and menace that has seen him collaborate with the likes of Aaron Dilloway. Cam Deas returns to OTO with new LP, String Studies, that focuses on turning the 12 string acoustic guitar on its head by using it as the sole sound source for a densely constructed kind of real-time musique concrete. Also on the bill are double drum and synth modulator duo To/To (aka Tobias Kirstein and Toke Tietze) who go for the jugular with a constantly mutating rhythmic burst of bludgeoning energy. Plus DJ sets from Cejero records, who recently put out LPs from both Turman and To/To..............MORE>

Steve Noble by Andrej Chudy
Project Space
In Residence

OTO PROJECT SPACE // Steve Noble / Guillaume Viltard / Seymour Wright / Ian MacLachlan

THU 28 AUGUST '14 • 6PM • PROJECT SPACE • £5 adv / £15 4-day pass
FRI 29 AUGUST '14 • 6PM • PROJECT SPACE • £5 adv / £15 4-day pass
SAT 30 AUGUST '14 • 6PM • PROJECT SPACE • £5 adv / £15 4-day pass
SUN 31 AUGUST '14 • 6PM • PROJECT SPACE • £5 adv / £15 4-day pass

An extended four-day residency in the OTO Project Space from this new quartet. Steve Noble is London's leading drummer, a fearless and constantly inventive improviser whose super-precise, ultra-propulsive and hyper-detailed playing has galvanized encounters with Peter Brötzmann, Derek Bailey, Matthew Shipp, Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith, Stephen O'Malley, Joe McPhee, Alex Ward, Rhodri Davies and many, many more. Guillaume Viltard is one of the most interesting musicians to emerge from London's fertile improvised and experimental scene in the last few years. Seymour Wright is '[a] very radical saxophonist'(Evan Parker). Trombonist Ian Maclachlan has collaborated with poet Graham Hartill and Dutch poet Johan De Wit over the years…He is more interested in live performance than the recorded product..............MORE>

Robin Saville

Second Language Music presents: Oliver Cherer + Robin Saville + Glen Johnson

FRI 29 AUGUST '14 • 8:00PM • £7 adv / £8 on the door

Robin Saville has been plying his electronic wares as one half of electronic luminaries Isan for over fifteen years. Earning a reputation for bringing an emotional dimension to music with a reputation for the cerebral, Isan have claimed to be in the business of making easy listening out of difficult sounds. Retaining an attractive blend of organic instrumentation, unsettling electronic soundscapes and tender, intimate harmonies that have become his trademark over the years, Oliver Cherer has produced an album of beautiful, pastoral reminisces and uneasy nostalgia on the subject of loss that perhaps sits somewhere between Robert Wyatt, North Sea Radio Orchestra and Alexander Tucker. Glen Johnson is the founder and only surviving original member of the London-based 'ghost rock' group, Piano Magic whose eclectic canon, since its formation in 1996, has included collaborations with Vashti Bunyan, John Grant, Low, Tarwater, full-blown post-rock, isolationist electronica and pastoral psych-folk. This is Johnson's first ever solo show..............MORE>


Tape - 'Casino' Launch Concert + Lucasse

SUNDAY 31 AUGUST '14 • 8:00PM • £8 adv / £10 on the door

‘Casino’ - the new album from alternative music veterans Tape marks their 14th year of activity. It was recorded at the legendary Atlantis studio in Stockholm by engineer Janne Hansson in December 2013. The music of Tape still continues it´s growth, in it´s own way, separated from the rest of the world in many ways. This time the emotional depth are even stonger and clearer as well as their focus and interest in details. ........MORE>

Alice Boman by Johanna Attesson

Bird on the Wire presents: Alice Boman

MON 1 SEPTEMBER '14 • 8:00PM • £8.50 adv / £TBA on the door

Hailing from Malmö, Sweden, Alice Boman first appeared when she released 2013’s Skisser via Adrian Recordings. Swedish for “sketches,” Skisser was just that – delicate home recordings from her bedroom Boman gracefully unleashed to the world, that were never meant to fall on any other ears but her own.............MORE>

Alex Ward

Alex Ward Sextet with Olie Brice/Tom Jackson/Hannah Marshall/Rachel Musson/Steve Noble

THU 4 SEPTEMBER '14 • 8:00PM • £7 adv / £8 on the door

The Alex Ward Sextet features several of the most exciting London-based musicians currently working in the fields of composed and improvised music. Growing out of an ensemble originally convened to perform Alex's extended composition "Glass Shelves And Floor", the sextet's repertoire encompasses full-throttle ensemble improvisation plus a varied set of compositions by Ward, drawing on contemporary chamber complexity, avant-rock power and dynamics, and an askew-but-fond relationship to the "jazz" tradition.............MORE>

The Lowland Hundred

The Lowland Hundred + Hallock Hill

FRI 5 SEPTEMBER '14 • 8:00PM • £6 adv / £8 on the door

The Lowland Hundred is the Aberystwyth-based duo of Paul Newland and Tim Noble. Their recently released, self-titled third album on Exotic Pylon Records completes a loose trilogy of albums that conceptually explore a spectral and fading assortment of memories, landscapes and communities - a warm melancholia rooted around a psychogeographical exploration of the sublime and picturesque landscape of Mid Wales. Hallock Hill is New York City based musician Tom Lecky. He employs a variety of techniques on both electric and acoustic instruments to reveal varying perspectives–building tracks that weave and intersect, confide and disagree with one another in turns, and obliquely repeat in ways that reflect the process of thought and memory. A typical Hallock Hill piece seeks the qualities of sculpture, an architecture of space within time.............MORE>

Kjetil Moster

Kjetil Møster / John Edwards / Dag Erik Knedal Andersen

SUN 7 SEPTEMBER '14 • 8:00PM • £8 adv / £10 on the door

Great trio that sees one of the world's most consistently compelling bass players, John Edwards, pitted alongside two of the most in-demand players in the Norwegian improv scene in the form of saxophonist / clarinetist / composer Kjetil Møster, and Oslo-based drummer Dag Erik Knedal Andersen. Kjetil Møster's approach sits at the interface between electronic based rock, improv and jazz, and together with Maja S.K. Ratkje, Paal Nilssen-Love and Lasse Marhaug, he started the «All Ears» festival in 2002. Perhaps best known for his “hyperactive-take-no-prisoners” approach to drumming, Dag Erik Knedal Andersen has been an ubiquitous musician on the Norwegian improvised music scene over the last couple of years, as well as touring all over Europe with groups such as SAKA and AKODE.............MORE>

Orchestra Elastique by Antonio Curcetti

Orchestra Elastique - London Live Sessions I album launch

WED 10 SEPTEMBER '14 • 8:00PM • £7 adv / £8 on the door

Orchestra Elastique is an international collective that intersects psychedelia, avant classical, drone, ambient, electro-acoustic, minimalistic, krautrock and improvised music. The band has been prolific in multiplying and testing the possibilities that reside in the performance of live acts and the scoring of films, making visceral sonic landscapes that in old times would have been forbidden and punished by the inquisition. In this occasion, Elastique will release the first volume of a live albums series, which will be released periodically, to document one night-off concerts. The gig itself will be recorded and available also in future release.............MORE>

Project Space
In Residence

OTO PROJECT SPACE // Patrick Farmer. Sarah Hughes. Samuel Rodgers: Four Day Residency


Patrick Farmer has been working with Sound and Music and the Forestry Commission for the last two years. He has been taking sporadic trips up to Grizedale in the Lake District, staying in a log cabin, watching Luis Buñuel films over and over, writing his third publication, yew grotesque, and composing a series of event based prose scores for a performance in Lancaster, with Hughes, Rodgers, and Stephen Cornford, later on this year. Farmer, Hughes and Rodgers will take up residence in the Project Space for four days, they will spend time discussing and developing Farmer's compositions, performing them into the wall, so to speak. This residency will culminate in a free performance, talk, or something else. More info TBA..............MORE>

Harvard Momoto

MOMUS presents: "An Evening with Harvard Momoto" - A cabaret featuring the songs of Howard Devoto

FRI 12 SEPTEMBER '14 • 8:00PM • £10 adv / £12 door

In an affectionate act of tribute to his greatest songwriting heroes and influences, Momus is presenting an exceptional mini-residency at Cafe Oto this autumn in which he devotes two consecutive evenings to the songs of Howard Devoto and David Bowie. At the Friday night show Momus will appear in the persona of "Harvard Momoto", singing an hourlong selection of material performed by Howard Devoto during his time with The Buzzcocks, Magazine and Luxuria, as well as from the solo album released under his own name. The songs will be accompanied by "scratch videos" concocted in Osaka by Momus, with musical backings all freshly performed and recorded..............MORE>

Dybbuk Momie



In an affectionate act of tribute to his greatest songwriting heroes and influences, Momus is presenting an exceptional mini-residency at Cafe Oto this autumn in which he devotes two consecutive evenings to the songs of Howard Devoto and David Bowie. At the Saturday night show Momus will appear as "Dybbuk Momie", singing a very eclectic and personal selection of his favourite material from David Bowie's discography. David Bowie is the cultural figure without whom Momus simply wouldn't have existed: a genius, a massively liberating presence producing prolifically throughout five decades, an enthusiastic index of cultural connections, a sort of internet-before-the-internet. Like the dybbuk of Jewish mythology, Bowie is a sum of stolen souls, a collection of all the most impressive gestures, impressions, and talents of cultural figures he's encountered and been smitten by..............MORE>

Rie Nakajima by Fabio Lugaro

Dear Serge - De La Warr Pavilion with Oren Ambarchi/Johan Berthling, lll人, Rie Nakajima, Shelley Parker and Part Wild Horses Mane on Both Sides

SUN 14 SEPTEMBER '14 • 12-6PM • De La Warr Pavilion • FREE ENTRY

Cafe OTO take over the De La Warr Pavilion with five simultaneous, extended duration performances across the building: Oren Ambarchi & John Berthling's colossal low frequency detonations in the main auditorium; a new performance for multiple speakers and live instrumentation by Part Wild Horses Mane on Both Sides; III人 growing future pleasures in sound from familiar materials - sax, drums & feedback; Rie Nakajima's massed automata; and new site specific work from Shelley Parker drawing on her longstanding relationship with the pavilion.............MORE>

Marisa Anderson

Upset The Rhythm presents: Mississippi Records on tour: 'A Cosmic and Earthly History of Recorded Music according to Mississippi Records' (film & talk presentation) with MARISA ANDERSON + LORI GOLDSTON + DRAGGING AN OX THROUGH WATER

MON 15 SEPTEMBER '14 • 7:00PM • £10 adv / £12 on the door

A once in a blue moon showcase that features a brand new live film/talk/slide show presentation by Eric Isaacson (Mississippi Records label boss and store owner) plus three live acts, all of whom have released records on the Mississippi Record label. Marisa plays emotive acoustic and electric whirlwinds, Lori wanders across borders with her atmospheric cello playing and DAOTW gloriously ruptures songs rooted in folk and country traditions.............MORE>

Grimm Grimm

Pickpocket Records & Myths of the Far Future presents: Grimm Grimm + Serafina Steer + Moon Zero

WED 17 SEPTEMBER '14 • 8:00PM • £5 adv / £6 on the door

This show is to celebrate the release of a single by Grimm Grimm, a London-based space folk solo project by Koichi Yamanoha. This 500 limited Edition 7" will be released by Charlotte Marionneau(Le Volume Courbe) and Kevin Shields(My Bloody Valentine)'s label, Pickpocket Records. The show will include live performances by Grimm Grimm(Members from Bo Ningen and Le Volume Courbe will be featured for half of his set as guest musicians), Serafina Steer and Moon Zero.............MORE>

Phill Niblock

Rie Nakajima & Phill Niblock with Anton Lukoszevieze

SUN 21 SEPTEMBER '14 • 8:00PM • £10 adv / £12 on the door

Despite having known each other for many years, and having a long-held affinity for each other's work, this will be the first time Rie Nakajima and Phill Niblock have collaborated together. The results should prove to be as compelling as they are unpredictable, making this a night not be missed.

Rie will perform in response to Phill's film "T H I R" (1971-72, 43 min) and his sound collage piece “ rick”. This will be followed by another of Phill’s videos "Meudrone" (2013-14, 48 min) with music by Phill Niblock, including the piece 'Summing II' (1982, 32 min) with David Gibson’s pre-recorded cello and Anton Lukoszevieze of Apartment House playing live. The two films/videos will be played in succession and the programme will include other sound pieces made since October 2013: 'Vlada BC’ (Nov 2103, 20 min) with recorded samples of Elisabeth Smalt on viola d’amore and 'Euph' (Nov 2103, 24 min) with recorded samples of Melvyn Poore on two belled euphonium.............MORE>

Gabriel Saloman

Gabriel Mendel Saloman (Yellow Swans) + Antti Tolvi

MON 22 SEPTEMBER '14 • 8:00PM • £8 adv / £10 on the door

Long overdue first appearance at OTO for musician, artist and ex-Yellow Swans member, Gabriel Saloman. Having carved out a justifiably revered position as one half of the now sadly defunct Yellow Swans alongside Pete Swanson, Saloman has not eased off on his prolific rate of production since the duo called it a day in 2009. His music has a strong grounding in political concerns, with most recent album, Soldier's Requiem, being originally composed for a dance piece exploring ideas related to the experience of war. Equal parts visceral and reflective, powerful and haunting, Saloman's music defies easy categorisation with a creative restlessness that proves consistently compelling. Support comes from self-taught Finnish musician Antti Tolvi, whose recent album on Fonal Records - Pianoketo - weaves all-enveloping microtonal clusters of piano notes into a densely bewitching reverie.............MORE>

Magik Markers

Upset The Rhythm presents: Magik Markers

TUES 23 SEPTEMBER '14 • 8:00PM • £10 adv / £12 on the door

Magik Markers' self-referential improvisations and gritty brand of strutting, spinning and splitting in packed houses, panel trucks, and the underground sound and light discotheques, began in a Hartford basement around the Millennium. Whilst consistently releasing some wild material on their own Arbitrary Signs label the band have also spun out some remarkable records for Ecstatic Peace, Hospital Productions, Not Not Fun and most recently Drag City, who released their new album 'Surrender To The Fantasy' last year. 'STTF' (never too soon for the acronym) kicks off with that hoary old trope of punk records, the song about the Chesapeake Valley Runoff and the mating cycle of crabs. After that kind of in-your-face Attenborough-core, where could the record go? Nowhere but everywhere, all the creepy outposts of American detritus from other times, when hitchhiking and h-bombs were still hot, viable new ideas and on beyond. 'Acts of Desperation' is Shaggs-meets-Stones colour commentary on driveway laying, your mom's Merit Ultra-Light 100's and the lengths we'll go to filch a feel of some arcane notion of greatness.............MORE>

Tippett Noble Brotzmann
In residence

Brötzmann / Noble / Tippett

THURSDAY 25 SEPTEMBER '14 • 8PM • £12 adv / £15 on the door / £20 2-day pass
SATURDAY 27 SEPTEMBER '14 • 8PM • £12 adv / £15 on the door / £20 2-day pass

Despite having played together in various combinations, Keith Tippett and Peter Brötzmann's collaborations have sadly been left undocumented beyond a couple of bootlegs and long-out-of-print compilation releases. These shows will be a rare opportunity to see them together for their first performance in quite some time. Brötzmann and Noble have found a natural affinity over the last few years and those lucky enough to have caught any of Tippett's previous performances at OTO will need no further encouragement. These dates with BNT provide an unmissable grouping of three singular musicians who have never ceased refining their formidable powers...........MORE>

Fire! Orchestra by Micke Keysendal

Barbican and Cafe OTO present: Fire! Orchestra @ The Laundry

FRI 26 SEPTEMBER '14 • 8:00PM • The Laundry • £20 adv

Experience the seismic energy of this 28-strong free jazz big band from Sweden. Channeling the spirit of free jazz big bands of the past, Fire! Orchestra is all about blazing new paths and fresh approaches in improvised music – via motorik groove, psychedelic soul and fully liberated freak-outs. The dynamic range is enormous, from stripped back brass to storms of percussion, woodwind and vocal incantations segued into velocity-suspended climaxes.

Please note that this event takes place at The Laundry, 2-18 Warburton Rd, E8 3FN .............MORE>

Oceans of Silver and Blood

Oceans of Silver and Blood + Byron Westbrook + Steve Gibson/Adrian Newton/Stuart Riddle

SUN 28 SEPTEMBER '14 • 8:00PM • £8 adv / £10 on the door

A rare performance from Oceans of Silver and Blood - the pairing of Mark Wastell and Joachim Nordwall - their first at OTO since 2008. Instigated in early 2007, the duo weave dense layers of potent, visceral drone from Wastell's tam-tam and Nordwall's electronics that brood and build towards complete immersion. Support comes from artist and composer Byron Westbrook - who works with the dynamic quality of physical space through site-specific installations and unique listening formats - and a trio of Steve Gibson, Adrian Newton and Stuart Riddle, who will be performing a classic of early minimalism..............MORE>

Josephine Foster by A.Cepeda

Josephine Foster Quartet with V Herrero, JL Herrero, J Carvell

MON 29 SEPTEMBER '14 • 8:00PM • £12 adv / £15 on the door

Josephine Foster makes a welcome return to OTO, this time with full band following on from last year's stunning album 'I'm A Dreamer' (Fire Records), from which she'll be playing songs this evening. Another welcome opportunity to experience Foster's magnificent voice, swooping and swaying through the melodic arrangements (Morriconeon in their power and imagination) of her band. Some songs are singalongs, some are deep atmospheric tales that leave the listener yearning to know more. American gothic, breathless folk and mountain music are all drawn upon by the band but boy oh boy, do they swing and swing, with Spanish guitar maestro Victor Herrero channelling all kinds of colour and texture into proceedings. At the heart of the fulsome live sound - which this time around also features Jose Luis Herrero on piano and Joe Carvell on double bass - will be Foster’s voice, evoking the nostalgic warmth and beauty of a phonograph..............MORE>

Vilda&Inga by Peter Gannushkin


SUN 5 OCTOBER '14 • 8:00PM • £8 adv / £10 on the door

Vilde&Inga is a young string duo playing acoustic free improvised music, featuring violin and double bass. By exploring nontraditional approaches to the instruments, the duo greatly expands their timbre palette. The wide horizons of colour allow the music to develop slowly and organically, yet with a keen underlying sense of compositional form. Vilde Sandve Alnæs and Inga Margrete Aas are classically trained musicians from Norway. They started to play together in 2010 and have studied at The Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo. Their first album, Makrofauna, was released on ECM in March 2014..............MORE>

The Necks
In residence


MON 6 OCTOBER '14 • 8PM • £15 adv / £18 on the door / £40 3-day pass
TUES 7 OCTOBER '14 • 8PM • £15 adv / £18 on the door / £40 3-day pass
WED 8 OCTOBER '14 • 8PM • £15 adv / £18 on the door / £40 3-day pass

The Necks are one of the most distinctive and enthralling groups in music. Last November they took up residency at Cafe OTO, performing six sets over three sold out nights that were every bit as mesmeric as we could have hoped. We're delighted to welcome them back for another three nights that promise to be just as special. The hard-earned, almost telepathic rapport that Chris Abrahams, Lloyd Swanton and Tony Buck have developed over the past 26 years is truly one of the most compelling in live music and it's a privilege to have them back here at OTO...........MORE>

Lee Ranaldo

Lee Ranaldo - Solo Acoustic

THU 23 OCTOBER '14 • 8:00PM • £13 adv / £15 on the door

Singer-songwriter, visual artist, record producer and co-founder of Sonic Youth, Lee Ranaldo is an iconic guitar player with a solo discography that spans three decades. This is a very rare chance to see him playing solo and acoustic. "When Last Night on Earth gets it right, the results are magical – the searing ‘The Rising Tide’ is the highlight of any post-Youth output to date – and whilst we’re likely to be denied the special alchemy that the four of them seemed capable of conjuring up with such consummate ease for so long for the foreseeable future, we still have the opportunity to hear genuine pioneers of alternative rock making music on their own terms – we should cherish them while we can." - The Line of Best Fit, review of 'Last Night On Earth'.............MORE>

Mel Davis by Fabio Lugaro

The People Band + Guests - A Celebratory Tribute To Mel Davis

TUES 28 OCTOBER '14 • 8:00PM • £8 adv / £10 on the door

The People Band return to Cafe OTO to celebrate the life and music of Mel Davis - an outstanding figure on the British improv scene - who left us on 28 October 2013. Besides the People Band, Mel's spiritual home, the gig will feature many talented musicians and other special guests. For this concert The People Band is likely to include Terry Day, George Khan, Mike Figgis, Paul Jolly, Davey Payne, Charlie Hart, Adam Hart, Lyn Dobson and Tony Edwards..............MORE>

Luke Abbott

Luke Abbott + Karen Gwyer + Laura Cannell

TUES 11 NOVEMBER '14 • 8:00PM • £11.50 adv / £TBA on the door

Gearing up for the release of his second album Wysing Forest, due on 23 June via Border Community, Luke Abbott has recently revealed new album cuts ‘Amphis’ & ‘Free Migration’; it's bubbling synths and quickening pace making for a quietly exhilarating trip. An accompanying live touring schedule has kept Luke and his handcrafted hardware-jams rumbling across the clubs, gigs and festival of Europe throughout the years. Somewhere between the twin poles of Krautrock and techno, Luke’s hypnotic entrancements seem to connect with something deep, intuiting an urge to dance that is seemingly innate..............MORE>