Eugene Chadbourne

Eugene Chadborne

THU 17 APRIL '14 • 8:00PM • £7 adv / £8 on the door


Eugene Chadbourne - eclectic and unconventional improvisor/guitarist/banjo player - returns to Cafe OTO for another evening of music and song, drawing on a range of forms - from free jazz, country and blue grass and all out noise. His idiosyncratic and uncompromising approach to music has made him a living legend. Starting out playing rock and roll guitar, Chadbourne quickly grew bored with the form's conventions, going on to study the blues, country, bluegrass, free jazz, and noise before synthesizing those heterogeneous influences into a unique style of his own................MORE>

Ex-Easter Island Head by Katja Ogrin

The Quietus presents: Ex-Easter Island Head // Large Electric Ensemble + Alexander Tucker

FRI 18 APRIL '14 • 8:00PM • £7 adv / £8 on the door


A welcome return to OTO for Liverpool's Ex-Easter Island Head, after their fantastic set here as support for Colin Stetson last year. Tonight they bring their newly augmented line-up - Large Electric Ensemble - that sees the group expand to include twelve prepared electric guitars and drums to create a maximalist wash of amplified strings and droning overtones. Support comes from British avant-pop chamber drone artist and one half of Grumbling Fur, Alexander Tucker................MORE>

Thomas Koner

Denovali Swingfest: Thomas Köner + Piano Interrupted + Origamibiro + Petrels

SAT 19 APRIL '14 • 8:00PM • £18 adv / £TBA on the door


The second night of a two-day festival from cult German label Denovali Records, who since 2005 have drawn a loyal following for their roster of experimental sounds, ambient, drone, indie and electronica to darkjazz, jazz or piano and string driven modern compositions. Denovali have been running their Swingfest events since 2007 in Essen, Germany - featuring performances from the likes of Tim Hecker, Sunn O))), William Basinski and Andy Stott - before expanding to host events in London and Berlin last year. Tonight sees performances from 4 varied artists on Denovali's roster, with pioneering German multimedia artist (and one half of seminal techno duo Porter Ricks) Thomas Köner, electronics and classical arrangements on baby grand from Piano Interrupted, striking and immersive audio-visual performance from Origamibiro, and caustic-melodic string noise from Petrels................MORE>

Sir Richard Bishop

Sir Richard Bishop + Mike Cooper / Tim O'Dwyer duo

SUN 20 APRIL '14 • 8:00PM • £10 adv / £12 on the door


Richard Bishop is an experimental guitarist whose improvisations and compositions often reflect the shadow worlds of India, the Middle East, North Africa, and other points along the Gypsy trail. Richard is perhaps best known as a founding member (along with brother Alan Bishop) of experimental ethnic-improv pioneers and underground tricksters Sun City Girls, who for nearly 30 years have produced an extensive discography of over 50 full length albums, 20 one-hour cassettes and a dozen 7” records. Sun City Girls formed in 1981 after the Bishop brothers' stint in the group Paris 1942 which also featured J. Akkari and former Velvet Underground drummer Moe Tucker.................MORE>

Seymour Wright

venn lOgiCs > revealing

MON 21 APRIL '14 • 8:00PM • £5 adv / £6 on the door


Musical meaning and purpose is a very special matter to and for the listener's state of feeling and mood. What, how and where can one overcome the needs of life? Music expands the social and personal relationship of one's love existence through its nature of sound. Sadness, pain, anger, joy and the will of good and evil are not without the effects of music and the change it can bring about.
- Ornette Coleman

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Poor But Sexy

Poor But Sexy - Dancing across the Iron Curtain

TUES 22 APRIL '14 • 8:00PM • £4 on the door


This event, centered around the new book by Agata Pyzik, Poor But Sexy: Culture Clashes in Europe East and West, will bring into focus cold war culture and the emergence of the unique dialogue between two sides of the Iron Curtain. Agata Pyzik will give a talk, where she'll present the book accompanied with film and music fragments and will be joined in conversation by Chris Bohn, the editor of the Wire and Esther Leslie, Professor of Political Aesthetics at Birkbeck College, University of London. Poor But Sexy is an attempt at a holistic look at the conundrum of the 'East' - a cold war notion, that still nonetheless influences our seeing of the world. Music used to play a great role in this, and the book looks at how especially post punk and pop took sides in the mutual fascination between the East and West.................MORE>

Marissa Nadler

Marissa Nadler

WED 23 APRIL '14 • 8:00PM • SOLD OUT


Marissa Nadler writes strange, yet classic, melancholy songs. Her voice is often bathed in a wash of reverb and space echo and creates a ghostly, atmospheric feeling to the music. She has american gothic leanings; her songs often take place in an imagined, idealistic time with a cast of characters of her own creation. Her links to American Gothic are reinforced by Annabelle Lee, the last song on her debut album, Ballads of Living and Dying, which puts the poem of the same title by Edgar Allan Poe to a musical backing. Singing in a haunting mezzo-soprano, the foundation of her songs are her delicate 6-string acoustic guitar, often accompanied by variety of instruments, including electric guitar, theremin, and piano. Marissa Nadler is continuously thought of as a prolific and thoughtful musician, and it seems that a neverending flow of beautiful songs pours from her fingers and voice.................MORE>

Monkey Puzzle Trio

MONKEY PUZZLE TRIO [feat. Charles Hayward, Viv Corringham, Nick Doyne-Ditmas] + PRESCOTT

THU 24 APRIL '14 • 8:00PM • £7 adv / £9 on the door


Slowfoot Records host a launch party to celebrate the release of two new albums with performances by both bands - Monkey Puzzle Trio features This Heat lynchpin Charles Hayward on drums, keys and melodica, bassist Nick Doyne-Ditmas and the words, voice and textures of avant-vocalist Viv Corringham, whose music walks a tightrope between song, improvisation and sound-as-sound. Prescott is the brainchild of former Stump bassist Kev Hopper, who's distinctive bass style was one of the most striking elements of the band's sound during the 1980s. Alongside Hopper is Rhodri Marsden on keys and Frank Byng on drums. Jabbing heteroclite riffs, circular rhythmic patterns, vibrating harmonic clashes, irregular note intervals, all contrasted with pockets of beautiful melody.................MORE>

Okkyung Lee

Christian Marclay / Okkyung Lee duos

FRI 25 APRIL '14 • 8:00PM • £10 adv / £12 on the door


A rare return appearance to Cafe OTO for Christian Marclay, performing in a duo alongside Okkyung Lee. These days best known for his visual work since winning The Golden Lion at the 2011 Venice Biennale for his work The Clock, Marclay is an extraordinarily versatile improviser, having collaborated with the likes of Evan Parker, John Zorn, Otomo Yoshihide and many many more. Cellist Okkyung Lee is one of the most dynamic forces in improvised music today, a fearless and compelling musician whose playing incorporates a love of noise, extraordinary technique and elements from the outer fringes of contemporary composition. Tonight, Marclay and Lee perform two duo sets.................MORE>

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Project Space

OTO PROJECT SPACE // Müllzimmer (Jonas Gustafsson & Lia Mazzari) Book Launch: The Unheard Seen – An Exploration of the Act of Listening by Visual and Textual Artists –
Live Performances and Micro-Exhibition

SATURDAY 26 APRIL '14 • 12:00PM • OTO PROJECT SPACE • FREE


müllZimmer celebrate the launch of their first publication, “The Unheard Seen”; a collection of various visual and textual approaches to the act of listening. Eleven artists living and working in London were invited to submit artworks reflecting their relationship to/with listening, and how this could potentially be utilised as an inspiration and catalyst for producing artwork. The publication presents a number of works by artists that may not be predominantly concerned with sound to interpret such themes and subjects through visual- and text-based art. Available for the first time tonight, the editors Jonas Gustafsson and Lia Mazzari will present the book along with several performances and text-readings by participants Kevin Cormack (Harry Deerness, Half Cousin), Zolan Quobble (One True Dog), Mat Fowler (BONS, Blank Tape Spillage Fete), Aimée Henderson and Timothy Wouts, as well as a micro-exhibition showcasing visual works by a number of other contributors to the publication. ............MORE>

We Will Fail
In Residence

Monotype Records presents: Trophies + Boris Hegenbart + We Will Fail

SAT 26 APRIL '14 • 8:00PM • £7 adv / £9 door / £12 two-day pass


MONOTYPEREC. is an independent label founded in Warsaw, in 2004. Stylistically, it focuses on the musical avant-garde, from electronic, weird techno, noise, drone, musique concrete and electro-acoustic to minimal music, free jazz, or EAI. At present, it is one of the most active experimental European music labels. On the first of two nights they present electroacoustic composition from Boris Hegenbart, fractured, free-interpreted techno from We Will Fail and a set from Trophies - the trio of Alessandro Bosetti, Tony Buck (The Necks), and Kenta Nagai................MORE>

Schloss Mirabell
In Residence

Monotype Records presents: Komora A + Mirt+Ter + Załęski / Hayward / Staniszewski

SUN 27 APRIL '14 • 8:00PM • £7 adv / £9 door / £12 two-day pass


MONOTYPEREC. is an independent label founded in Warsaw, in 2004. Stylistically, it focuses on the musical avant-garde, from electronic, weird techno, noise, drone, musique concrete and electro-acoustic to minimal music, free jazz, or EAI. At present, it is one of the most active experimental European music labels. On the second of two nights they present dark, heavy, improvised drone from Kamora A, dense, loop-driven sonic collages from Mirt + Ter, and a performance from the trio of Andrzej Załęski, Jacek Staniszewski, and Charles Hayward................MORE>

Ian Nagoski

Ian Nagoski presents '100 Moons: Stories of Great Forgotten Musicians and the Boundaries of Humanness from 78rpm Records'

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


Ian Nagoski returns to Europe for another series of his hypnotic interactive lectures on disappearing music of the 20th Century, this time with an exploration entitled"100 Moons: Stories of Great Forgotten Musicians and the Boundaries of Humanness from 78rpm Records". Ian Nagoski's label Canary Records (pressed and distributed by Mississippi Records) reissues early 20th century recordings in languages other than English. In the past year, he has published acclaimed collections of Hindustani classical vocal music (100 Moons and Kesarbai Kerkar 1944-54), Greek urban folk music (Rita Abatzi - 1933-37), the Austro-Hungarian Empire (Widow's Joy: Eastern European Immigrant Dances, 1925-30), and published writing in Yeti, Sound American, Ephemerotera Quarterly and The Wire.................MORE>

Charles Cohen

BleeD presents: Charles Cohen + Rabih Beaini

TUES 29 APRIL '14 • 8:00PM • £12.50 adv / £TBA on the door / £20 two-day pass
WED 30 APRIL '14 • 8:00PM • £12.50 adv / £TBA on the door / £20 two-day pass


Two intimate shows from the electronic composer Charles Cohen, alongside the performer/label-head who has recently helped to launch him into the public consciousness again, Rabih Beaini. Charles Cohen is a Philadelphia based Synth-improvisor and experimental composer, active since 1971, who has become synonymous with the extremely limited Buchla Music Easel synthesiser, an instrument of rare expressive quality. Experimental yet accessible, Cohen's work combines the energy and rhythms of free-jazz with the sonic possibilities of an electronic instrument. Rabih Beaini AKA Morphosis, is one of the leading contemporary producers and DJs of adventurous electronic music. This will be a rare opportunity to see a live performance under his own name..................MORE>

Richard Dawson by Declan Kelly

Richard Dawson + Islaja + Picastro

THU 1 MAY '14 • 8:00PM • £8 adv / £10 on the door


Great triple bill of artists pushing at the edges of contemporary song. Richard Dawson has been a much-loved musical spectacle in his native Newcastle for many years now, a skewed troubadour who sings and plays guitar with a rare intensity and a very singular style. Islaja is the recording alias of Merja Kokkonen, a musician and visual artist from Helsinki, whose music is born from experimentation, uniting traditional Finnish forest mystery and a radical song universe. Toronto's Picastro have been writing and performing in varying forms revolving around songwriter Liz Hysen since 1998 and in that time have amassed a richly atmospheric body of work that doesn't shy away from a starkly human touch..................MORE>

Imago

Imago (Gyda Valtýsdóttir + Shahzad Ismaily)

FRI 2 MAY '14 • 8:00PM • £7 adv / £8 on the door


Gyda Valtýsdóttir is an Icelandic composer, cellist and songwriter, a founding member of Icelandic band múm and also plays with Josephine Foster. Armed with cello & bow she´ll be taking her own approach to contemporary music by such as George Crumb, Olivier Messiaen & Harry Partch entwined with her own songs and improvisation. She´ll be guided and lit by Shahzad Ismaily a multidimensional musician and sound magician. He has produced, recorded and otherwise collaborated with a wide range of artists and musicians including Patti Smith, Laurie Anderson, Marc Ribot, Yoko Ono and Bonnie Prince Billy. He has also composed music for film, dance and theatre..................MORE>

Which Seven
In residence

Electra & OTO Projects presents: Which Seven?
with MV Carbon + Heather Leigh + Maria Chavez & Audrey Chen + Kaffe Matthews + Lia Mazzari + Which Seven? Ensemble + DJ Andrea Zarza

SAT 3 MAY '14 • 8PM • £5 adv / £6 on the door / £8 2-day pass
MV Carbon + Heather Leigh + Maria Chavez & Audrey Chen + DJ Andrea Zarza
SUN 4 APRIL '14 • 8PM • £5 adv / £6 on the door / £18 2-day pass
Kaffe Matthews + Lia Mazzari + Which Seven? Ensemble + DJ Andrea Zarza

Electra has invited Maria Chavez to curate a weekend of events at Cafe OTO and OTO Project Space evolving from questions of mutual support, drawing together in London a diverse network of sound artists and musicians: MV Carbon, Audrey Chen, Heather Leigh, Kaffe Matthews, Lia Mazzari, Andrea Zarza. The weekend presents two evenings of performance, as well as a daytime programme with talks, films and installation, exploring the work of these seven, individually and together. The title references the seven qualities one should look for in a friend, according to the Mitta Sutta...........MORE>

Which Seven
Project Space

OTO PROJECT SPACE // Electra & OTO Projects presents: Which Seven? with Lia Mazzari + Kaffe Matthews

SUNDAY 4 MAY '14 • 12:00PM • OTO PROJECT SPACE • FREE


Electra has invited Maria Chavez to curate a weekend of events at Cafe OTO and OTO Project Space evolving from questions of mutual support, drawing together in London a diverse network of sound artists and musicians. This free daytime schedule of events includes Lia Mazzari's /phonemes/ and a group visit to Kaffe Matthews's studio.............MORE>

Vessels

ANOTHER TIMBRE PRESENTS: BRYN HARRISON’S VESSELS PLAYED BY PHILIP THOMAS + TIM BLECHMANN'S SINE TEMPORE 3 FOR 256 OSCILLATORS

MON 5 MAY '14 • 8:00PM • £6 adv / £8 on the door


The first London performance of Bryn Harrison’s monumental 75-minute composition ‘Vessels’ for solo piano, played by Philip Thomas, for whom it was written. Released on CD to wide acclaim at the end of 2013, ‘Vessels’ uses interweaving textures and contrapuntal melodic lines to create an almost hypnotic sense of stasis, or aimless wandering. John Eyles described the piece as “just like a maze – fascinating, memorable and intriguing”, and Julien Héraud wrote that ‘Vessels’ has “a sense of eternity, of dislocated temporality. And this sense draws the listener into a unique auditory experience, one that is rarely found in music: to be outside time….Unique and very beautiful.”.................MORE>

Loup

Gaffer Records presents: LOUP + Colin Webster / Alex Ward / Steve Noble + André Vida

TUES 6 MAY '14 • 8:00PM • £7 adv / £8 on the door


Gaffer Records celebrate their 10th anniversary with a tour that kicks off tonight at OTO before taking in Amsterdam, Oslo, Berlin, Geneva and Paris. Created by Sheik Anorak in order to release SoCRaTeS first CD, Gaffer Records was then initially hardcore/punk oriented, but the artistic directions slowly changed and the label is now one of the most influent and interesting improv/ experimental in Europe, having put out releases by the likes of Dead Neanderthals, Predicate, Will Guthrie and MoHa!. For the Gaffer anniversary tour, French free improv / noise duo LOUP (featuring Gaffer Records founder Sheik Anorak) will play 6 dates alongside bands and artists relating to the label. For tonight's show, support comes in the form of a trio of improvising saxophonist Colin Webster, guitarist/clarinetist Alex Ward, and Steve Noble on drums, plus a solo set from Hungarian American saxophonist, composer, and lyricist André Vida.................MORE>

William Parker by Peter Gannushkin

William Parker / Hamid Drake / John Dikeman

WED 7 MAY '14 • 8:00PM • £10 adv / £12 on the door


First time visit to Cafe OTO for the legendary American double bass player William Parker performing in a trio together with Hamid Drake and John Dikeman. The long-running Parker/Drake combination offer one of the most formidable rhythm pairings in jazz - whether ripping it up behind some of Brötzmann's most forceful exultations or laying out an interlocking expanse in numerous of Parker's ensembles. This trio sees them together with John Dikeman. An American in Amsterdam, Dikeman is one of the most volatile, explosive and imaginative players in Europe right now playing in the groups Cactus Truck, Universal Indians and more.................MORE>

Torn Hawk

BLEED & NO PAIN IN POP PRESENT: TORN HAWK + THROWING SHADE

THU 8 MAY '14 • 8:00PM • £8 adv / £10 on the door


Torn Hawk is one of the aliases under which Brooklyn based audio-visual artist Luke Wyatt makes music. Wyatt first gained notice for his visual work, self-described “video mulch” for the likes of Autre Ne Veut, Mi Ami, and Steve Summers. His “Video Party” DVDs for the label Peoples Potential Unlimited and his own 40 minute DVD release Sad Stonewash explored his distinct vision across a longer format. Though he had been making equally arresting sound works for some time, “Tarifa”, his 12″ debut on LIES as Torn Hawk, brought his music to a wider audience. Since then, Wyatt has released an EP as Lossmaker, collaborated with Karen Gwyer, Secret Circuit, and Willie Burns, and released an album of early works under his given name, entitled “Teen Hawk”, which JunoPlus deemed one of the 25 best records of 2013.................MORE>

Ekoplekz

Alien Jams and GH present: Ekoplekz + Brood Ma

FRI 9 MAY '14 • 8:00PM • £8 adv / £10 on the door


Over the last five years and spanning thirty plus releases on labels including Punch Drunk, Editions Mego, Public Information, and most recently Planet Mu, Nick Edwards’ Ekoplekz project has developed a unique sound drawing on dub, early 90s Warp, noise and early electronics. These influences are combined with a dedication to analog electronics and diy instrumentation, bringing a rawness and immediacy to his sound and performances. In the early 2000s, Edwards authored the Gutterbreakz blog, which provided a space of critical discussion central to Bristol's burgeoning dubstep and electronic scene. The website is now an archive, the last post simply declaring ‘the place where shit used to happen.’ Brood Ma is the musical alias of artist James B Stringer. Brood Ma is a fractured, cybergothic nexus of tropes from weird literature, dystopian rave and high technology, presented in longform performances and recordings that resemble crisis scenarios as much as electronic mixes.................MORE>

Mikolaj Trzaska

TRZASKA MOVING MOVIES: Riverloam Trio (Mikolaj Trzaska / Olie Brice / Mark Sanders)

SAT 10 MAY '14 • 8:00PM • £10 adv / £12 on the door


Acclaimed composer, saxophonist and clarinetist, Mikołaj Trzaska appears at Cafe OTO on 10th May for Trzaska Moving Movies, leading an international trio with Mark Sanders (drums) and Ollie Brice (double bass) playing songs from the soundtracks to the outstanding films of Wojciech Smarzowski including Rose, The Dark House, and Traffic Department. Trzaska is one of the most important figures in the Polish jazz scene in the broadest sense. One of the creators of the revolutionary Polish form of jazz called 'Yass', he has been working with Wojciech Smarzowski for many years. His soundtracks have received exceptional recognition, both from fans and from music critics alike. Trzaska has also created music for a number of documentaries, including Iwona Bartólewska’s A Letter to My Son..................MORE>

Awk Wah

Awk Wah + Roberto Crippa

SUN 11 MAY '14 • 8:00PM • £7 adv / £8 on the door


Awh Wah is the solo project of Shark Fung, a veteran of the Singapore experimental music scene whose constantly shifting musical outlook has drawn on an array of styles and influences in a compellingly unpredictable manner. New album, Ava, builds on the dark and distressed avant noise and electronics of earlier work and creates a hazy cacophony of unsteady rhythms and mutating textures that are quick to leave their mark even when quickly shifting away to something new. Roberto Crippa is a Sound Artist, Composer and Improvisor based in London, whose work includes live electronic music and installations investigating the responses of physical bodies to architectural acoustics..................MORE>

Louis Moholo

Louis Moholo Moholo Quartet

MON 12 MAY '14 • 8:00PM • £8 adv / £10 on the door


A very welcome return to OTO for the great South African drummer Louis Moholo-Moholo with his quartet featuring longtime collaborators Jason Yarde (saxophone), John Edwards (bass), and Alexander Hawkins (piano). The quartet played a stunning set when they first performed here last year - "an evening of dramatic and emotional jazz of the highest quality" (London Jazz News) - and this performance promises to be every bit as special..................MORE>

David Toop

Sharpen Your Needles: David Toop and Evan Parker

TUES 13 MAY '14 • 8:00PM • £4 on the door


In 1974, New/Rediscovered Musical Instruments was published as a small-press book featuring the inventions of Hugh Davies, Max Eastley, Paul Burwell, Evan Parker, Paul Lytton and David Toop. This modest volume began a 40-year ongoing conversation between Evan Parker and David Toop, founded in their love of global musics and esoteric auditory techniques and technologies. For the first time they will take this conversation to the stage, playing records from their extensive and rare collections as a live event. They may even talk. To quote Donald Fagen: “We do what we come to do.”.................MORE>

Circuit des Yeux

Bird on the Wire presents: Circuit des Yeux + Dan Haywood

WED 14 MAY '14 • 8:00PM • £7.50 adv / £9 on the door


Currently based in Chicago, Haley Fohr started making music as a teenager in rural Indiana, before studying music production at Indiana University. With four albums already under her belt the 25-year-old has crafted a sound which wraps diverse instrumentation around her dramatic vocals in a style that defies easy categorisation. A few artists have had studios built for themselves – Jimi Hendrix’s Electric Lady Studios a notable example – but certainly few albums have had studios built for them. Circuit des Yeux’s Haley Fohr and Cave’s Cooper Crain erected U.S.A. Studios in Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood over a few weeks in January 2013 for the two months of recording sessions that make up Overdue. Founded with the acquisition of a one-inch Otari MX-70 tape deck(moded to 8 track) and a vacancy in a friend’s apartment, the studio endured hundreds of hours over its brief flash of life. Fohr’s 5th LP under the name Circuit des Yeux (her fourth to see release), weaves a sonic bildungsroman, documenting the transition from collegiate cloister in pastoral Bloomington, Indiana to the noisy, haggard Chicago South Side..................MORE>

R. Stevie Moore

Upset the Rhythm presents: R. Stevie Moore

THU 15 MAY '14 • 8:00PM • £10 adv / £12 on the door


The son of top Nashville session bassist Bob Moore, R. Stevie Moore began doing his own one-man home recordings as a teenager. Over the course of three decades spent perfecting his technical, musical, lyrical and conceptual skills, Moore’s omnivorous, individualistic pop blender has dug into his awesome — and seemingly bottomless — well of talent and produced, since 1981, several hundred tapes of his original work, self-released and sold exclusively via mail-order from the author’s home studio in New Jersey. Since the early ’80s, his scattered stream of vinyl and CD releases (all but two are imports) have nearly all been assembled, with little overlap, from his cassette-club tapes..................MORE>

John Wall

John Edwards/Mark Sanders/John Wall + Theo Burt (Automatics Group) + Mark Durgan + Shelley Parker + Lee Gamble (DJ)

FRI 16 MAY '14 • 8:00PM • £8 adv / £10 on the door


A long overdue return to OTO for the grouping of longstanding collaborators John Edwards (bass), Mark Sanders (drums) and John Wall (computer). All formidable performers in their own right, the three have played together both live and on record in various permutations since the late 90's. They're joined on the bill by Bristol's Mark Durgan - who creates full-bodied, combustive and visceral.electro-acoustic compositions with a flicker of Musique Concrete intuition - artist/DJ/producer Shelley Parker, who weaves live audio feeds, low end frequencies and found sounds into her performance and installation work, plus aggressive automatic remixes of anthemic Eurotrance by Theo Burt and DJ set from innovative deconstructor Lee Gamble..................MORE>

Dawn of Midi by Falkwyn de Goyeneche

RESCHEDULED: DAWN OF MIDI

SAT 17 MAY '14 • EARLY SHOW - 5:00PM • £8.50 adv / £TBA on the door
SAT 17 MAY '14 • 8:00PM • SOLD OUT


Brooklyn-based trio Dawn of Midi come to London for the first time following the release of their latest album 'Dysnomia'. Praised as the first record that truly reflects the trio’s critically acclaimed live show, a test of endurance and trust that involves bassist Aakaash Israni, pianist Amino Belyamani and percussionist Qasim Naqvi performing their compositions note-for-note without ever appearing the least bit predictable. The New Yorker‘s music critic, Sasha Frere-Jones, wrote “an hour flew by in what seems like minutes” after witnessing their high-wire act last year, and Radiolab host Jad Abumrad added “[I've] seriously never seen anything like these guys.”..................MORE>

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Damon and Naomi

Damon & Naomi

SUN 18 MAY '14 • 8:00PM • £8 adv / £10 on the door


Damon Krukowski and Naomi Yang started playing music together as the rhythm section, co-songwriters, and sometime singers in Galaxie 500. When that band ended, they continued as a duo, first recording for Shimmy Disc and then on a series of albums for Sub Pop Records. In 2005, they formed their own label (20/20/20) and have since released three further Damon & Naomi albums – The Earth Is Blue, Within These Walls, and False Beats and True Hearts – alongside reissues of their own and the Galaxie 500 back catalogue. For this show they will also be presenting Fortune - a silent film directed by Naomi Yang featuring 11 new songs written and performed by Damon & Naomi..................MORE>

Diatribes

Diatribes + Sarah Hughes/Kostis Kilymis/Samuel Rodgers trio

MON 19 MAY '14 • 8:00PM • £7 adv / £8 on the door


Diatribes, the Geneva based duo, continue their exploration of simplification and rational rituality, and present a couple of new pieces held together by strict sonic or structural principles. Highly detailed textures, repeated gestures, soft tones, febrile pulses and acoustic hyper-sensibility, pushing one step ahead the ideas they've exposed in their previous album "Augustus". The duo, two improvisors working together since 2004, after a voracious youth exploring free jazz, noise, musique concrête and free improv, and many collaborations with international musicians such as Magda Mayas, Bertrand Gauguet, Robin Hayward, Dominic Lash, Partick Farmer, Derek Shirley and Hannah Marshall, Barry Guy, Keith Rowe, amongst others, have chosen to focus on a rather introverted process of creation. During the past year they have intensely toured across Europe and beyond..................MORE>

Barry Guy
In residence

BARRY GUY NEW ORCHESTRA: THREE DAY RESIDENCY (BARRY GUY / AGUSTI FERNANDEZ / EVAN PARKER / HANS KOCH / PER TEXAS JOHANSSON / HERB ROBERTSON / JOHANNES BAUER / PER ÅKE HOLMLANDER / PAUL LYTTON / RAYMOND STRID / TREVOR WATTS / MAYA HOMBURGER)

TUES 20 MAY '14 • 8PM • £15 adv / £18 on the door / £35 3-day pass
WED 21 MAY '14 • 8PM • £15 adv / £18 on the door / £35 3-day pass
THU 22 MAY '14 • 8PM • £15 adv / £18 on the door / £35 3-day pass

Barry Guy is one of the world's leading bass soloists and improvisers. Well known as director and founder of the London Jazz Composers Orchestra, also as a composer of new music for chamber ensembles and symphony orchestras, he founded the Barry Guy New Orchestra in the mid 90's. This all-star band brings together the biggest names in the world of contemporary Jazz and Improvisation from America, England, Sweden, Switzerland and Germany, and their 3-day residency here at OTO will be their first ever performance together in London...........MORE>

Alex Neilson by Tim Ferguson

Alex Neilson / John Edwards / Thurston Moore Trio

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


First appearance at OTO for a mouthwatering trio of free-drummer Alex Neilson, double bassist John Edwards, and Thurston Moore on guitar. Neilson and Edwards first performed at OTO together during the memorable Kan Mikami residency here in April 2013 (which also saw Jandek make an impromptu appearance in a trio with Makami and Edwards) before returning for a great evening with Shabaka Hutchings in January this year. Every time John Edwards seems to reach a pinnacle he somehow finds new heights to scale and he is on blistering form even for his high standards right now. The prospect of a chance to see him play with the transfixing and versatile Alex Neilson and master of guitar scree Thurston Moore is exciting indeed. Not to be missed!.............MORE>

Reines d'Angleterre

Reines d'Angleterre (Tazartes/Jo/Èlg) + Nicola Ratti + Human Heads

SAT 24 MAY '14 • 8:00PM • £10 adv / £12 on the door


We're very pleased to welcome Reines d'Angleterre to OTO for their first ever London show. Made up of Ghédalia Tazartes - who needs no introduction - and a couple of hyperactive electronic botanists, Jo and Èlg. Both of these humans are steeped in unsavory operations covering grounds of pop, electronic hallucinations and damaged pyramids (Èlg) and the Tanzprocesz label and Fusiller solo project (Jo ). They also both perform under the moniker of Opéra Mort. The music of Reines D'Angleterre's feasts on duality: chaos and order, narrative and anti narrative, erection and destruction, dread and comedy. The voice rides alongside electronics: cracked beaten, weathered and bruised..............MORE>

Grimm Grimm

So I Buried and Grimm Grimm presents: Myths of the Far Future - Grimm Grimm / Tapers Split Album Launch with Grimm Grimm + Tapers + 5 Seconds Exposure

SUN 25 MAY '14 • 8:00PM • £4 adv / £5 on the door


This show is to celebrate the release of a split album by Grimm Grimm, a London-based acid folk solo project by Koichi Yamanoha (ex. Screaming Tea Party), and Tapers, an experimental electro duo by Gustav Rye and Simon Kinch, released by So I Buried Records. This physical CD will be only 100 ultra limited edition. The drawing of the album cover is painted by Geraldeine Swayne (Faust). The show will include live performances by Grimm Grimm (Bo Ningen and Le Volume Courbe will be featured for his few songs as guest musicians), Tapers' Gustav Rye's solo and Yuki from Bo Ningen's solo project, 5 Seconds Exposure. Plus DJ's Younghusband and Bo Ningen.............MORE>

Dale Cornish by David Keen

Dale Cornish - Xeric album launch + Phil Julian + VA AA LR (Vasco Alves / Adam Asnan / Louie Rice) + Philip Marshall + Zerocrop

MON 26 MAY '14 • 8:00PM • £5 adv / £6 on the door


Launch event for Dale Cornish's new album Xeric, released by the ever-reliable Entr'acte imprint, which further explores the questions of a/rhythm, space, silence and perception of pulse/percussive gestures initiated with the acclaimed 2012 Entr'acte album 'Glacial'. Support from experimental sound artist, composer and improviser Phil Julian, and VA AA LR - the trio comprised of Vasco Alves, Adam Asnan and Louie Rice. Plus interlude cassette selections from Philip Marshall, and a spoken word vinyl set from the enigmatic Zerocrop..............MORE>

This World Is Unreal

Sublime Frequencies: Robert Millis - This World is Unreal Like A Snake in A Rope + PHI TA KHON: GHOSTS OF ISAN

TUES 27 MAY '14 • 8:00PM • £7 adv / £8 on the door


Robert Millis is a founding member of Climax Golden Twins and AFCGT, a solo artist and a frequent contributor to the Sublime Frequencies label. He have scored long and short films, created sound installations, produced and designed audio projects, and released many LPs and CDs. Millis's work veers haphazardly between sound art, music concrete, instrumental, improv, field recording, song and collage. During 2012 and 2013 he was a Senior Fulbright Research Scholar in India studying Indian music, sound art and the early recording industry. Tonight Millis presents two of his films - This World is Unreal Like A Snake in A Rope and Phi Ta Khon: Ghosts of Isan..............MORE>

Nadja

Nadja + Chicaloyoh + James Vella (reading) + Aidan Baker (reading)

WED 28 MAY '14 • 8:00PM • £8 adv / £10 on the door


Bird on the Wire presents an evening of densely-layered drone-scaping from Canadian duo Nadja, who draw influences from ambient, metal and sound collage in equal mesaure. Chicaloyoh is Alice Dourlen’s solo project. Creating music between soundscape exploration and intimate contemplation, Chicaloyoh is a mix of guitar, keyboards and percussions from distant and various horizons. Tonight will also feature readings from Nadja's prolific Aidan Baker and James Vella (Yndi Halda) from their publications on Wounded Wolf Press. Nadja creates music that has been variously described as drone metal, ambient doom, and shoegazer, combining soundscapes, electronics, & atmospheric vocals with snail-crawl, epic riffs & dirge-like percussion, tempering the cacophany with a certain ethereal melodicism such that the listener is enveloped in a sublimating wall of amorphous sound..............MORE>

Ghosts of My Life cover detail

Mark Fisher: Ghosts of My Life

THU 29 MAY '14 • 8:00PM • £4 on the door only


Launch event for Mark Fisher's new book, Ghosts of My Life. This collection of writings on Zero Books by the author of the acclaimed Capitalist Realism, argues that we are haunted by futures that failed to happen. Fisher searches for the traces of these lost futures in the work of David Peace, John Le Carré, Christopher Nolan, Joy Division, Burial and many others. ‘After the brilliance of Capitalist Realism, Ghosts Of My Life confirms Mark Fisher’s role as our greatest and most trusted navigator of these times out of joint, through all their frissons and ruptures, among all their apparitions and spectres, past, present and future.’ – David Peace, author of the Red Riding Quartet and Red or Dead...............MORE>

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Project Space

OTO PROJECT SPACE // Thanos Chrysakis / Chris Cundy / Jerry Wigens / Artur Vidal / Julie Kjær / James O'Sullivan

SATURDAY 31 MAY '14 • 6:00PM • OTO PROJECT SPACE • £5 door only


A sextet performance of free-improvised music with Thanos Chrysakis on electronics, Chris Cundy on bass clarinet, Jerry Wigens on bass clarinet, Artur Vidal on alto saxophone, Julie Kjær on alto saxophone, and James O'Sullivan on guitar...............MORE>

Matmos
In residence

Matmos - Two Day Residency

SAT 31 MAY '14 • 8PM • £10 adv / £12 on the door / £18 3-day pass
SUN 1 JUNE '14 • 8PM • £10 adv / £12 on the door / £18 3-day pass

A two-day residency from one of electronic music's most restlessly innovative duos, Matmos. For the past two decades M.C. Schmidt and Drew Daniel have been carving out their own distinctive sonic palette, marrying the conceptual tactics and noisy textures of object-based musique concrete to a rhythmic matrix rooted in electronic pop music. Central to their approach is their ability to draw sounds, rhythm and melody from the unlikeliest of sources, from the pages of bibles turning to liposuction surgery - making their live shows captivating constructs of the unusual and unexpected. Matmos have collaborated with artists as wide-ranging as Bjork, David Tibet, Zeena Parkins, and Robert Wilson, and celebrated their 20th anniversary in 2013 with a new album on Thill Jockey - The Marriage of True Minds - an album driven by a tightly unified conceptual agenda: telepathy...........MORE>

Cornford Walkman

Stephen Cornford + Graham Dunning + John Macedo

MONDAY 2 JUNE '14 • 8:00PM • £6 adv / £8 on the door


A night of tactile and mechanical electronics with three solo performances by Stephen Cornford, Graham Dunning, and John Macedo. Stephen Cornford is an installation artist and improvising musician who works by reconfiguring and reimagining consumer audio electronics. Graham Dunning's latest work conjures vinyl dissonance for lost memories: a live rhythmical collage made of squeezed record crackle, analogue synthesizer, dubplates of field recordings, dusty shellac records and clumsily triggered drumsynth to create mechanical techno, ghost in the machine music. Sound artist John Macedo will be debuting his Intimate Sound System, a mini multi-channel sound system, which is made up of 8 mini-speakers in combination with the standard stereo sound system. The Intimate Sound System aims for a more physical, spatial, and acoustic approach to electronic music................MORE>

Laugh With Laraaji
Project Space

OTO PROJECT SPACE // Qu Junktions presents: 'Laugh With Laraaji' - laughter meditation workshop

WEDNESDAY 4 JUNE '14 • 6:00PM • OTO PROJECT SPACE • £10 adv


The unmissable chance to give your positive side some quality time, invest in the funny side of life and 'Laugh With Laraaji', at one of the legendary laugh-master and new age pioneer's famous laughter meditation workshops. An empowering, uplifting and holistic educational experience. Laraaji's aim is to open up the participants spontaneous, playful nature via call-and-response chanting, theraputic laughter-cise, extended conscious laughter, deep meditative relaxation and ancient gong tones................MORE>

David Grubbs - 'Records Ruin The Landscape' cover

David Grubbs: Records Ruin The Landscape (talk)

WED 4 JUN '14 • 8:00PM • £4 adv / £5 door / £11 two-day pass


David Grubbs presents his new book - Records Ruin the Landscape: John Cage, the Sixties, and Sound Recording - before his show with Andrea Belfi and Stefano Pilia here on Thursday. John Cage's disdain for records was legendary. He repeatedly spoke of the ways in which recorded music was antithetical to his work. In Records Ruin the Landscape, David Grubbs argues that, following Cage, new genres in experimental and avant-garde music in the 1960s were particularly ill suited to be represented in the form of a recording. These activities include indeterminate music, long-duration minimalism, text scores, happenings, live electronic music, free jazz, and free improvisation. How could these proudly evanescent performance practices have been adequately represented on an LP?.............MORE>

David Grubbs by Fabio Lugaro

David Grubbs / Andrea Belfi / Stefano Pilia

THU 5 JUN '14 • 8:00PM • £8 adv / £10 door / £11 two-day pass


David Grubbs returns to OTO with his trio alongside two of Italy's finest: Andrea Belfi and Stefano Pilia - both, like Grubbs, well-versed in tearing the wall down between avant-garde praxis and rock energy. David Grubbs is one of the most influential musicians of his generation: a legacy that includes such bands as Squirrel Bait, Bastro and Gastr del Sol, numerous collaborative works and a string of LPs that present his idiosyncratic, immediately recognisable songs and arrangements. "It’s best to see tonight’s performance as the latest in a long line of high points from a songwriter-composer confirming his role as, amongst many other things, a standard-bearer for intelligent, uncompromising guitar music." - Thomas Blake, Folk Radio UK.............MORE>

Hailu Mergia

Hailu Mergia with Tony Buck & Mike Majkowski

FRI 6 JUN '14 • 8:00PM • £12 adv / £15 on the door


Hailu Mergia is an Ethiopian keyboardist and composer. He released Hailu Mergia & His Classical Instrument on cassette in 1985 in a nostalgic effort to bring back the vintage accordion sound of his youth that simultaneously gave Ethiopian music a sonic makeover using electric piano, analog synth and his beloved accordion. He was already celebrated for his work with the groundbreaking Addis Ababa Ethio-jazz and funk outfit Walias Band. With imagination and a visionary sense of the self-contained possibilities of modern music, he captured the popular sounds of the past using the modern tools of the day.

Following the album's re-release on Awesome Tapes From Africa last summer, Mergia embarked on his first set of shows in over 20 years. He now comes to OTO, backed by Berlin-based Australians Tony Buck (drums) - widely celebrated for his work with the long-running Necks - and Mike Majkowski (double bass), who has gained praise for his imaginative solo performances and sideman work for Peter Brötzmann and Han Bennink...............MORE>


Felix Kubin

Care In The Community Recordings Present: Felix Kubin / Ergo Phizmiz / Pete Um / DJ Support From Nick Name (WFMU)

SAT 7 JUN '14 • 8:00PM • £8 adv / £10 on the door


Care in the community recordings curate a night of idiosyncratic solo music performance. Neo-Dadaist composer Felix Kubin, one of electronic music’s most dynamic and versatile performers, is joined by Ergo Phizmiz and Pete Um. DJ support from Nick Name (WFMU). Felix Kubin will be performing solo on the Korg MS20 monosynth that he’s been using since 1980. His most recent album, “Zemsta Plutona”, was co-released last November with ZickZack, the legendary experimental music label of Alfred Hilsburg. Hilsburg had helped Kubin perform as a youth in the 80s and Kubin says of the album, “there are some pieces or sound elements that are also referring to what I did as a teenager - this German underground New Wave music of that time” (FACT)..............MORE>

Mike Bullock

Mike Bullock / Bertrand Gauguet

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


Duo performance from French saxophonist Bertrand Gauguet and US electronic composer and improviser, Mike Bullock. Carefully controlled urgency and mystery, created with alto and baritone sax, modular synthesizer, and field recordings. Riding the line between instrumental free improvisation and electronic soundscape, Bullock & Gauguet trade roles back and forth: at times the saxophone acts as the nebulous ground to the synth’s figurations..............MORE>

Steve Noble by Fabio Lugaro

Steve Noble / Assif Tsahar + GREEDYADAM + Yoni Silver / Sharon Gal

WED 11 JUN '14 • 8:00PM • £7 adv / £9 on the door


Compelling duo of constantly inventive improviser - and London's leading drummer - Steve Noble alongside one of New York's most exciting and incendiary jazz musicians in the form of saxophonist and bass clarinettist Assif Tsahar. Support comes from the hypnotic and unpredictable Israeli trio, GREEDYADAM, and a duo set from multidisciplinary musician and versatile improviser Yoni Silver, and fearlessly experimental vocalist, performer and artist Sharon Gal..............MORE>

New Bums

New Bums (Ben Chasny & Donovan Quinn) + Tara Jane O'Neil

THU 12 JUN '14 • 8:00PM • £10 adv / £12 on the door


Great double bill of outré song and folk forms headed up by a new (awkwardly named) duo of Ben Chasny (Six Organs of Admittance) and Donovan Quinn (Sky Green Leopards) whose debut LP 'Voice in a Rented Room' channels what they call the Old Drunk America. It's out now on Drag City. Alongside New Bums, Tara Jane O'Neil, whose recordings and live performances range from solo songing to noise improvisations. New Bums formed in the summer of 2009 with Donovan Quinn (Skygreen Leopards) after Ben Chasny moved to the Mission in San Francisco, two doors down from Donovan. A healthy mistrust of each other for a good year gave way to tolerance and eventual camaraderie as they wrote their jams..............MORE>

Carla Bozulich by Jennifer Kitner

Carla Bozulich

FRI 13 JUN '14 • 8:00PM • £10 adv / £15 on the door


A long overdue return to OTO for art-punk songwriter, firebrand musician and Evangelista leader, Carla Bozulich - her first appearance here since 2010. Following on from her band The Geraldine Fibbers, Bozulich's work with her Evangelista project alongside releases under her own name have honed and developed her strikingly distinctive approach to song. Bozulich recently released new album, 'Boy', on Constellation - the third under her own name and fifth for the label - which sharpens and focuses the Evangelista sound to create a self-proclaimed "pop record". Bozulich's songcraft stands toe to toe with anybody else working today and we're thrilled to have her back at OTO..............MORE>

Kim Doo Soo

Kim Doo Soo

SUN 15 JUN '14 • 8:00PM • £8 adv / £10 on the door


A return visit to Cafe OTO for Korean acid folk singer Kim Doo Soo (PSF/Blackest Rainbow) following his fantastic performance here at the Counterflows festival with Steffen Basho-Junghans in 2012. "Kim Doo Soo is the deepest and most introspective of Korea's acid folk singers. Many are the legends that cling to his songs -- political oppression, alcoholism, suicide, a ten-year period of mountain seclusion. The whole is couched in a veil of the most gorgeous, still melodicism, Kim's vocals and guitar shaded with subtle accordion, violin, piano, organ and harmonica. A reflective and unearthly beautiful masterpiece." - Alan Cummings..............MORE>

Natural Snow Buildings

Upset the Rhythm presents: Natural Snow Buildings + Ben Nash + Stereocilia

MON 23 JUN '14 • 8:00PM • £8 adv / £10 on the door


France’s mythic Natural Snow Buildings is a band revered in experimental music circles despite self-releasing most of their albums in ridiculously limited runs. Their album, Night Coercion Into The Company Of Witches, CD from 2008 was an edition of only 22 copies. NSB consists of Mehdi Amezine and Solange Gularte, two young French artists from rural Brittany. In addition to their collaborative efforts, they each have solo, musical endeavors under the monikers, TwinSisterMoon and Isengrind. Fans of Popol Vuh raga drones, Flying Saucer Attack distorted bliss, The Dead C’s intuitive chaos, and Islaja’s oblique folk, take note. Natural Snow Buildings make melodic, orchestrated, droning compositions with layers of guitars, chants, woodwinds, percussive bells, distortion and delay. In 2012, Ba Da Bing re-released their record Night Coercion on CD and (for the very first time) vinyl. In the spring of 2013, Ba Da Bing released The Snowbringer Cult..............MORE>

Morton Feldman by Earle Brown

Stephane Ginsburgh plays Morton Feldman's For Bunita Marcus + Triadic Memories

TUES 24 JUN '14 • 8:00PM • £8 adv / £10 on the door


Belgian pianist Stephane Ginsburgh returns to Cafe OTO to perform two of Feldman's late-period masterworks for solo piano. "My past experience was not to 'meddle' with the material, but use my concentration as a guide to what might transpire. I mentioned this to Stockhausen once when he had asked me what my secret was. 'I don't push the sounds around.' Stockhausen mulled this ove, and asked: 'Not even a little bit ?' Playing or listening to Morton Feldman brings you back to the very rare moments when you look at a bright starry Summer night, unable to measure its size because it is beyond your sense, a sense of infinity within a finite space" - Stephane Ginsburgh..............MORE>

Daniel Higgs

Daniel Higgs & Michael Zerang + C Joynes + Plinth

SAT 28 JUN '14 • 8:00PM • £8 adv / £10 on the door


A rare duo performance from percussionist/composer Michael Zerang and guitarist/vocalist/banjo player Daniel Higgs (ex Lungfish) conjuring densely interwoven improvisations that draw on traditional forms but take them in defiantly unexpected directions. Both musicians will be familiar to OTO regulars - Zerang was here most recently last December with Joe McPhee's Survival Unit III alongside Fred Lonberg-Holm, and his gracefully rolling approach to the drums has provided a welcome, beatific contrast to PNLs full-on assaults in Peter Brötzmann's Chicago Tentet. Daniel A.I.U Higgs has also been responsible for some singularly memorable performances here alongside the likes of Maya Dunietz and Jennifer Walshe. His transcendental raga are sure to reach an even higher hypnotism in this pairing with Zerang..............MORE>

Langham Research Centre

Langham Research Centre and Ian Pace present "J.G.Ballard and John Cage"

TUES 1 JULY '14 • 8:00PM • £7 adv / £8 on the door only


Langham Research Centre - Britain’s leading musique concrète performing group - perform a selection of John Cage's works with pianist Ian Pace, including Music of Changes and Music for Piano. And they give the UK premiere of their new work, “Muffled Ciphers”, a response to Ballard's 1970 novel The Atrocity Exhibition, described as “an instruction manual in how to disrupt mass media and recontextualise technology”. Prompted by the hugely blown-up images of tiny details in the book, sounds are vastly magnified in this performance, using contact microphones and vintage gramophone cartridges. Sounds are also degraded and fragmented, echoing the decay of Ballard's dystopian vision..............MORE>

London Improvisers Orchestra

The London Improvisers Orchestra

SUN 6 JULY '14 • 8:00PM • £6 / £4 concs on the door only


Regular meeting of The London Improvisers Orchestra drawing on London's rich pool of improvising musicians. The LIO is part of a long and varied heritage that stretches back to the free-jazz big bands of Chris McGregor and Mike Westbrook, the intuitive ensembles of John Stevens and purely improvising groups such as the Continuous Music Ensemble..............MORE>

Roger Turner by Andy Newcombe

Roger Turner / Kazuhisa Uchihashi Duo

WED 9 JULY '14 • 8:00PM • £7 adv / £9 on the door


Two duo sets from great improvising drummer/percussionist Roger Turner and pioneering Japanese guitarist Kazuhisa Uchihashi. Roger Turner is applauded for his precision and speed since he entered the London improvising scene in the 1970s. His restricted drum kit is extended by found objects to create a sound comparable to no other. He’s played with Evan Parker, Cecil Taylor, Otomo Yoshihide, Shelley Hirsch, Joëlle Léandre, Keith Rowe. In addition to his role as a free improviser, Uchihashi has been the musical director for Osaka theatre group Ishinha, has held improvisation workshops (a project known as New Music Action) in various cities in Japan, as well as London, Oslo, and currently in Vienna also. Uchihashi has also set up his own record label, Innocent Records.............MORE>

Babel Label

Babel Label presents: Gannets + Gum Takes Tooth + Sly & The Family Drone

THU 10 JULY '14 • 8:00PM • £10 adv / £12 on the door


A great triple bill presented by the acclaimed Babel Label featuring the pop, cartoon music and swing free improvisation of Gannets (the ensemble of Alex Ward, Steve Noble, Dominic Lash, Chris Cundy & Fyfe Dangerfield), the primal orchestra of drum rhythms, radiophonic oscillator noise and electronically-abstracted vocals that is Sly & The Family Drone, and the dense and focused motorik rhythm engine of Gum Takes Tooth..............MORE>

Triptych 2

Triptych #2: The Golden Age Of Steam + Philippe Petit (Feat. Mia Zabelka And Jono Podmore/Kumo) + Ollie Bown / Peter Hollo Duo

SAT 12 JULY '14 • 8:00PM • £10 adv / £12 on the door


TRIPTYCH: An ongoing itinerant soundclash presenting the work of independent labels and collectives - 3 labels : 3 acts : 3 perspectives. The Golden Age of Steam’s music is a kaleidoscope of sounds and textures traversing a musical landscape that veers between the psychedelic and the serene. Featuring James Allsopp (Reeds) Kit Downes (Keyboards) Tim Giles (Drums) Ruth Goller (bass) and Alex Bonney (Electronics). A journalist for various magazines/radios since 1983, as well as a musical activist, Philippe Petit has celebrated 30 years of activism, sharing musical passions… He is the man behind the cult labels Pandemonium Rdz. and BiP_HOp. Ollie Brown and Peter Hollo's shared interest in electronica and improv led them into an immediate collaboration bringing together mashed up electronic drums, live looping and soundscapes-verging-on-noise..............MORE>

The Founder Effect

The Founder Effect : Wilkinson / Thomas / Noble / Coxon

WED 16 JULY '14 • 8:00PM • £7 adv / £8 on the door


Return to OTO for this heavyweight quartet after their performance here last year that reprised the line-ups for the three discs in Treader's series "The Founder Effect". Recorded over a day at London's Abbey Road, they include a duo - 'The Both' - between Pat Thomas and Steve Noble and two quartets: one with Pat Thomas on Piano and John Coxon on Synth and the second with Pat on Synth and John Coxon on Guitar. "At its highest points, this session unleashes some of the most preposterously powerful energy jazz heard since Peter Brötzmann's Yatagarasu trio with Takeo Moriyama and Masahiko Satoh" - Daniel Spicer, The WIRE.............MORE>

Makoto Kawabata

Baba Yaga's Hut Presents: Makoto Kawabata (Acid Mothers Temple) and J-François Pauvros + Shabash

THU 17 JULY '14 • 8:00PM • £9 adv / £11 on the door


Baba Yaga's Hut is very excited to host Makoto Kawabata (Acid Mothers Temple) and J-François Pauvros, “two guitarists from the cosmos”. Since 1978 Makoto Kawabata has been the leader of Acid Mothers Temple, a group which seems to be in a constant state of movement, whilst also finding time for playing solo and with many bands and projects. Jean-François Pauvros is a French musician, electric guitarist and improviser. Initially influenced by guitarists like Jimmy Page , Sonny Sharrock and Derek Bailey, he has played with the likes of David Holmes, Elliott Sharp, Keiji Haino, George Lewis, Jacques Thollot, and Rhys Chatham. Support comes from London solo violinist Shabash..............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>

Babel Label

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>

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>

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>

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>

Harvard Momoto

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

FRIDAY 12 SEPTEMBER '14 • 8:00PM • £10 adv / £12 door / £18 two-day pass


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

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

SATURDAY 13 SEPTEMBER '14 • 8:00PM • £10 adv / £12 door / £18 two-day pass


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>