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Implosion is a sound installation of words. The voices of many Londoners tell us a single story of a person sonically isolated from the outside world. The voices sound out the text revealing details of language, delivery and accent which are then organised as music.

You might find yourself strolling through the character's lunatic imagination as they're exposed to unusual occurrences (meeting a firebird, diving into a tunnel, finding a sinister philharmonic) or bouncing off the words like in a pinball machine. Immerse yourself in the spatial sound setup or get up and look for other sound sources in Cafe OTO’s project space..............MORE>

Lee Ranaldo

Lee Ranaldo - Solo Acoustic + Xu Shaoyang

THU 23 OCTOBER '14 • 8:00PM • SOLD OUT

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>

Evan Parker
In residence

Evan@70: Evan Parker / John Edwards / John Russell

FRI 24 OCTOBER '14 • 8PM • £10 adv / £12 on the door

Evan Parker is one of the great saxophone players, pushing the instrument into uncharted waters since his emergence in the late 1960s. To mark his 70th year, Parker curates a week of performances at the Vortex and Cafe OTO.

For the fifth night of the celebrations, Parker performs with two great improvising musicians with whom he has had many memorable encounters in the past in the form of bassist John Edwards and guitarist John Russell. "Improvisation as it should be—players completely attuned to each other and their instruments—yet aware of the listeners' reactions as well. Parker is well established—and with good reason—as one of the best improvisers of our time. He plays intuitively, his changes, movement and sense of need completely right." - All About Jazz, review of Parker/Edwards/Russell at The Vortex, 2013..........MORE>

Six Organs of Admittance

Six Organs of Admittance + Noveller

SAT 25 OCTOBER '14 • 8:00PM • SOLD OUT

Solo show from Ben Chasny's (Comets on Fire, Rangda, New Bums) long-running psych/drone/avant/folk project, Six Organs of Admittance. Taking as much inspirations from ambient textures and noise squall as it does on the fingerpicked acoustic guitar which has formed the bedrock of Chasny's recorded output, the Six Organs of Admittance sound has expanded to encompass a huge sonic span. Initially starting as a solo endeavour, it has since welcomed a wide array of collaborators both on recordings and in live performances, including the likes of Chris Corsano, Elisa Ambrogio (Magik Markers), and Alex Neilson. Chasny performs a solo set tonight, drawing on a vast and varied discography. Support comes from Noveller - the solo electric guitar project of Austin-based composer and filmmaker Sarah Lipstate............MORE>

Rafael Toral
Project Space

OTO PROJECT SPACE // Rafael Toral - Rethinking Electronic Music worskhop

SUN 26 - TUES 28 OCTOBER '14 • 10AM-6PM • PROJECT SPACE • Tickets : £62.50 adv, inc. booking fee (maximum 12 participants)

Three-day workshop in the Project Space from electronic musician Rafael Toral, culminating in a group performance. Toral's practice focuses on the physical performance of experimental electronic instruments to deliver music that is full of clarity and space, articulating silence and sound in a thoughtful, yet physical way. Formerly known for his drone/ ambient work with guitar and electronics, he has since collaborated with the likes of Jim O'Rourke, Evan Parker, Chris Corsano, Alvin Lucier, John Zorn, and Christian Marclay.

The Space Program Workshop shares some concepts, focusing on how we make performance decisions. Aimed at musicians using hacked, bent, or custom electronic instruments or controllers, it raises fundamental questions about what can we do with them. The Workshop provides participants with conceptual tools for structuring musical discourse, with emphasis on phrasing from Space Program’s viewpoint..............MORE>

Evan Parker
In residence

Evan@70: Evan Parker Electro-Acoustic Ensemble with Phil Wachsmann / Barry Guy / Adam Linson / Paul Obermayer / Lawrence Casserley

SUN 26 OCTOBER '14 • 8PM • £10 adv / £12 on the door

Evan Parker is one of the great saxophone players, pushing the instrument into uncharted waters since his emergence in the late 1960s. To mark his 70th year, Parker curates a week of performances at the Vortex and Cafe OTO.

For the final night of the celebrations, Parker ends the week on a high with a rare performance with his Electro-Acoustic Ensemble. Formed in 1990 as a sextet to explore the possibilities of real time signal processing in an improvising context, it has grown to an astonishing eighteen piece chamber orchestra. With a shifting line-up that has included the likes of Ikue Mori, Barry Guy, Paul Lytton and Peter Evans in previous incarnations, the Ensemble aims to exploit the constantly evolving possibilities that technology provides in a large group setting..........MORE>

Karen Gwyer

Opal Tapes at Cafe OTO: Karen Gwyer + Patricia + Wanda Group + Holovr + Basic House (DJ)

MON 27 OCTOBER '14 • 8:00PM • £8 adv / £10 on the door

Opal Tapes has rapidly gained a formidable reputation in the landscape of underground machine music, skating the dark terrain between disorienting noise collage and joyous rhythmic electronics and quickly making its international mark on the adventurous record buyer's consciousness. Karen Gwyer is a US-born Londoner with a small bunch of divine releases to her name on both Opal Tapes and No Pain In Pop. Gwyer casually summons the feeling of a warmer, more futuristic Popol Vuh, other comparisons including Motion Sickness Of Time Travel, Cabaret Voltaire, Cluster or even an instrumental, more rhythmic Fever Ray..............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. Mike Figgis will also be screening a short film about the band on the night..............MORE>

Anthony Pateras by Traianos Pakioufakis

Anthony Pateras + Rafael Toral

WED 29 OCTOBER '14 • 8:00PM • £8 adv / £10 on the door

A pair of solo improvisations from two distinctive artists. Anthony Pateras is a pianist and composer from Melbourne, living and working in Brussels. His work is unified by the simultaneous investigation of the formalized, intuitive, electronic and acoustic. Not one to be easily pigeon-holed, his eclectic creative output has led him to collaborate with artists as varied as Han Bennink, Paul Lovens, Stephen O’Malley, The Necks and Mike Patton. Rafael Toral is an electronic musicians whose practice focuses on the physical performance of experimental electronic instruments to deliver music that is full of clarity and space, articulating silence and sound in a thoughtful, yet physical way. Formerly known for his drone/ ambient work with guitar and electronics, he has since collaborated with the likes of Jim O'Rourke, Evan Parker, Chris Corsano, Alvin Lucier, John Zorn, and Christian Marclay..............MORE>

Zoviet France

10 Years of alt.vinyl with :Zoviet*France: + Winter Family + Rhodri Davies

THU 30 OCTOBER '14 • 8:00PM • £10 adv / £12 on the door

Its been a strange trip. 10 years, 1 record store, 1 festival, untold gigs, 60 label releases and counting, and working with some of the most dynamic, creative artists in contemporary music on a roster that includes Zoviet * France, Rhodri Davies, Winter Family, Richard Dawson, Liz Allbee & Burkhard Beins, John Butcher & Gino Robair, Nikos Veliotis & Xavier Charles, Aaron More, Nick Mott, Daniel Padden, Family Elan, Nalle, MV&EE, Prurient, Jazzfinger, Demons, Astral Social Club, Atom Earth Mother, Hapsburg Braganza, Control Unit, C Joynes, Warm Digits, Karl Bosmann, Hive Mind, Robedoor, Burial Hex, Anahita, Helena Espvall & Marcia Bassett, Riel, Anla Courtis and many more.............MORE>

Mark Fell

Mark Fell / Keith Fullerton Whitman + Thomas Ankersmit

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

Hard to think of a more exciting prospect as two of electronic music's great pioneers come together as part of a new project. Mark Fell's work - ranging from minimal electronic music, to sound installations and audio-visual works - has placed him at the forefront of a rapidly expanding area of extreme and independent computer music, whilst few musicians are able to so fully occupy electronic music's collective conscious as much as Keith Fullerton Whitman. Long-time admirers of each other's work, they have only recently started collaborating and this will be their first tour together - you can guarantee it will be one not to miss. We'll have an extra PA system in for the night to ensure full quadrophonic immersion. Also on the bill is a welcome return to OTO for Dutch-born, Berlin based electronic musician and installation artist Thomas Ankersmit, who will be giving the debut performance of a new piece commissioned by Cafe OTO specially for this event...............MORE>


Ryoko Akama
Project Space

OTO PROJECT SPACE // Either Ear #1: Ryoko Akama / Sarah Hughes


Either Ear is a new series of one-day exhibitions initiated by SoundFjord and Kostis Kilymis of Organized Music from Thessaloniki. It aims to provide short injections of sound art, sound by artists, or art by musicians and to provide fresh context for these practices. It is a series that challenges participants and seeks to pull at artistic and other creative practices. Either Ear is a provocation, welcoming new and inventive dialogue incited by process, performance and juxtaposition of works and ideas.

For its first event, Either Ear will present installations from two UK-based artists, Ryoko Akama and Sarah Hughes. Both are linked to the aesthetics of reductionism and open forms in their musical output, and have a rich and wide-ranging practice outside of it. Either Ear aims to present some of the further reaches of their work.............MORE>

Harald Grosskopf by Detlef Maugsch

Harald Grosskopf + Pye Corner Audio + Glottalstop

SUN 2 NOVEMBER '14 • 8:00PM • £12 adv / £14 on the door

In the late 70’s Harald Grosskopf took to an apartment with his Minimoog and recorded one of the first great albums to be tagged kosmische, Synthesist. His work in the 80’s has had something of a revival of late, thanks to high profile fans like Oneohtrix Point Never. His shimmering, propulsive synth pieces manage to be both experimental and accessible, and is a touchstone for many modern out-sounds. Be Prepared could not be more delighted to present this rare London show..............MORE>

Jurg Frey

Jurg Frey and friends

MON 3 NOVEMBER '14 • 8:00PM • £8 adv / £10 on the door

A rare appearance in the UK by Swiss composer and clarinettist Jurg Frey, one of the most respected voices in experimental music. Tonight he will perform a number of his ensemble works in the company of a great line-up of UK-based experimental musicians: Anton Lukoszevieze (cello), Ryoko Akama (electronics), Dominic Lash (double bass), Mira Benjamin (violin) and Seth Woods (cello). The programme includes several recent pieces by Jurg Frey, including 'Petit Fragment de Paysage', 'Distant Colors', 'Extended Circular Music', and 'Memory of Perfection', along with performances of John Lely's 'The Harmonics of Real Strings' and Bruno Duplant's 'a field, next to nothing'..............MORE>

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TUES 4 NOVEMBER '14 • 8:00PM • £7 adv / £9 on the door

Kammer Klang presents Juliet Fraser (voice) and Maxime Echardour (percussion) performing a new work by Andrew Hamilton, and Lina Lapelyte singing her own work. Lina Lapelyte lives and works in London and Vilnius. She is an artist, composer, musician and performer. In her recent operas such as Have a good Day! and Candy Shop she has been exploring the phenomena of song, using it as an object with which to examine issues of displacement, otherness and beauty. Along with Rie Nakajima, Richard Skelton and Jennifer Walshe, Lapelyte was shortlisted for the 2014 Arts Foundation award for experimental music..............MORE>

Rodion G.A.

Upset The Rhythm presents: RODION G.A. + Bamboo + Rob Shuttz

WED 5 NOVEMBER '14 • 8:00PM • £10 adv / £12 on the door

RODION G.A. are without doubt, one of music’s best-kept secrets. That’s despite being around for nearly forty years. The story begins when a musical visionary decided to form his own band in Romania four decades ago. It was between 1975 and 1976, when the Rodion G.A. story begins. That’s when Rodion Rosca formed the band that bore his name. This would be no ordinary band, far from it. Rodion G.A. would become one of the most innovative bands in Romanian musical history. In 1975, Rodion joined with Gicu Farcas and Adrian Caparu to complete the lineup of Rodion G.A. By 1975, Rodion had amassed an eclectic selection of equipment and established a reputation as a D.I.Y. tech wizard. He created his own unique way of creating music on reel-to-reel tape recorders, using the various tape machines to multitrack. His nascent studio included several Tesia tape recorders, drum machines, phasers, flangers and fuzz pedals. Then there were a toy Casio VL Tone and a Soviet made Faemi organ. Like the music Rodion G.A. were making, the equipment they were using was just as leftfield and eclectic..............MORE>

Cordyceps Is Your Friend poster

Cordyceps Is Your Friend: Ewa Justka + Embla Quickbeam + Luke Jordan + Pascal Savy + Grapefruits + Laid Eyes (filmprojection) + Electric Knife Records (DJ)

FRI 7 NOVEMBER '14 • 8:00PM • £4 adv / £5 door / £10 with screenprinted poster

Sonic seeds and spores from Polish electronic noise artist Ewa Justka, hypnotic Brighton-based musician Embla Quickbeam, sculptural sound artist Luke Jordan, electro-acoustic composer Pascal Savy, and synth/cello improv duo Grapefruits. Plus filmprojektion from Laid Eyes and Electric Knife Records DJing throughout and til late. Ewa Justka is a Polish electronic noise artist based in London. She currently studies BA Sound Arts & Design at London College of Communication. She completed an internship in physical computing at STEIM, Amsterdam, where she was working on documentation of Black Box modular system. Justka’s main field of research is based on exploration of materiality of objects, vibrant, ontological systems (human bodies, plants’ bodies, electronic circuits: varied range of micro and macro environments and relations between them) and an investigation of modes of quasi-direct perception through noise performance actions, interactive installation, DIY electronics, hardware hacking, plant-molesting, breaking, deconstructing and collaborating..............MORE>

Valerio Tricoli

Valerio Tricoli + Spyros Polychronopoulos + Michael Speers

SUN 9 NOVEMBER '14 • 8:00PM • £10 adv / £12 on the door

One of Italy's more enigmatic electronic musicians - Tricoli has been investigating the complex relationship between self, sound and devices for more than a decade - Psychic processes translated in soundscapes, and vice versa. He is a member of 3/4 Hand Been Eliminated (Häpna / Die Schactel) - a super-group drawn from Italy's improvising community that carries on the mantle handed down by This Heat, intertwining musique concrete and free improv with rock dynamics. His two solo works on Bowindo 'Metaprogramming within the eye of the storm' and 'Did They? Did I?' offer up two slabs of brilliantly baffling musique concrete and his nimble production work added much to the distinct soundworld of Autistic Daughters' two records and Dean Roberts 'Be Mine Tonight' (Kranky). Most recent album, Miseri Lares on PAN crafts a visceral and oppressive sonic morass in a masterclass of crafted sound and unsettling textures..............MORE>

Dave Smith

Dave Smith - solo piano

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

British composer and pianist Dave Smith performs a selection of his works for piano, including his '9th Piano Concert'. A member of the Scratch Orchestra in the 1970's and a contemporary and collaborator of Cornelius Cardew, Gavin Bryars and John White amongst others, Smith has amassed an extensive body of work that draws on a wide range of influences from contemporary composition to Javanese classical and Albanian folk musics. Many of his piano works have been performed by pianist John Tilbury (including 'Al Contrario' at OTO last December), who remains a strong supporter..............MORE>

Luke Abbott

Luke Abbott + Karen Gwyer + Laura Cannell


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>

Steve Gunn by Constance Mensh

Steve Gunn & Mike Cooper

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

Two great guitarists make a welcome return to OTO, playing both solo and in a very special duo set following the release of their new collaborative album, Cantos de Lisboa. Steve Gunn has been a stalwart of the American experimental scene for closing in on a decade. He has a prodigious talent for fusing traditional american song structures with a raga influence and is known by many for his contributions as one half of the core duo behind GHQ (with Marcia Bassett) as well as for his many other affiliations with underground luminaries such as Tom Carter, The Magik Markers and Marc Orleans. Mike Cooper should need no introduction - for the past 45 years he has been an international musical explorer pushing the boundaries of his music. Initially a folk-blues guitarist he is as responsible as anyone else - and more so than many - for ushering in the blues boom in the U.K. in the late '60s. Cantos de Lisboa finds both artists effortlessly falling into step with one another in a recording that perfectly reflects - and builds on - the talents involved..............MORE>

Peter Walker album cover

Peter Walker + Matt Elliott

THU 13 NOVEMBER '14 • 8:00PM • £10 adv / £12 on the door

Having played one of the first ever public shows at Cafe OTO, it's a long overdue return for cult American folk guitarist Peter Walker. Noted for dynamic instrumental pieces inspired by the Indian Raga and Spanish flamenco traditions blended with traditional American folk and occasional rock influences, Walker’s debut LP Rainy Day Raga was released by Vanguard Records in 1966, followed by the release of Second Poem in 1968. Along with Sandy Bull, John Fahey, and Robbie Basho, Walker is considered one of the premier guitarists of his generation. On Second Poem, Walker plays guitar and sitar and is accompanied by flutist Jim Pepper (of The Free Spirits) along with violin, tabla, & tamboura. Walker is the missing link between Ravi Shankar and Timothy Leary in more ways than one. Support comes from English folk guitarist and singer Matt Elliott, well known for his work with The Third Eye Foundation, as well as contributions to classic records by Flying Saucer Attack and Movietone..............MORE>

Peter Brötzmann

Peter Brötzmann / Steve Noble / Jason Adasiewicz

FRI 14 NOVEMBER '14 • 8:00PM • £12 adv / £14 door / £20 two-day pass
SAT 15 NOVEMBER '14 • 8:00PM • £12 adv / £14 door / £20 two-day pass

Two day residency featuring three of the quartet who blew the house down on their last visit - subsequently released as 'Mental Shake' on OTOROKU. Brötzmann is a seminal figure in Euro-improv, whose forthright playing contrasts with the shimmering vibraphone of Adasiewicz and Noble’s probing, driving percussion patterns. Brötz's duo with the hard-hitting vibes player Jason Adasiewicz which began at the 2011 Vision festival in NYC, and Noble has been a regular collaborator in recent years, with their interplay being brilliantly documented in last year's I Am Here Where Are You. Definitely one not to be missed!.............MORE>

Mark Sanders by Bruce Milpied
Project Space

OTO PROJECT SPACE // Yoni Silver / Tom Wheatley / Mark Sanders

MON 17 NOVEMBER '14 • 6:00PM • PROJECT SPACE • £5 on the door only

First public encounter for the new trio of bass clarinettist Yoni Silver, double bassist Tom Wheatley and drummer Mark Sanders. Three braided voices expose the cohesion of a wide spectrum, if organic. Yoni Silver is a multidisciplinary musician, bass clarinetist, saxophonist, violinist, composer, improvisor and performer. An active player in the Israeli contemporary, noise and free improv scenes, Silver has performed with musicians such as Birgit Uhler, Damon Smith, Alex Drool, Wolfgang Fuchs, Steve Noble, Grisha Shakhnes and others. He is a member of the International Hyperion Ensemble lead by Iancu Dumitrescu and Ana-Maria Avram, and is also an avid solo performer..............MORE>

Tatsuhisa Yamamoto

Giovanni Di Domenico / Tatsuhisa Yamamoto / John Edwards + Xomaltesc Tbobhni

MON 17 NOVEMBER '14 • 8:00PM • £8 adv / £10 door / £15 two-day pass with 18 November

First of two nights featuring the Japanese acoustic drummer Tatsuhisa Yamamoto and Italian pianist Giovanni Di Domenico. One of the brightest lights of Japan's improv scene, this will be the first visit to OTO for Tatsuhisa Yamamoto since his fantastic two-day residency split with the Barbican in 2011, and it's a pleasure to have him back. Giovanni Di Domenico's myriad influences have formed into a compellingly original style that has seen him play with the likes of Jim O'Rourke, Nate Wooley, Arve Henriksen and Toshimaru Nakeamura. Joining them will be bassist John Edwards, who formed part of a fantastic quartet alongside Di Domenico, Steve Noble and the great Japanese saxophonist Akira Sakata at OTO earlier this year. Also on the bill will be Xomaltesc Tbobhni, the relentlessly exacting duo of drummer Paull Abbott and saxophonist Seymour Wright..............MORE>

Giovanni Di Domenico by Dawid Laskowski

Giovanni Di Domenico + Tatsuhisa Yamamoto / Pat Thomas + Xomaltesc Tbobhni

TUES 18 NOVEMBER '14 • 8:00PM • £8 adv / £10 door / £15 two-day pass with 17 November

Second of two nights featuring the Japanese acoustic drummer Tatsuhisa Yamamoto and Italian pianist Giovanni Di Domenico. One of the brightest lights of Japan's improv scene, this will be the first visit to OTO for Tatsuhisa Yamamoto since his fantastic two-day residency split with the Barbican in 2011, and it's a pleasure to have him back. Giovanni Di Domenico's myriad influences have formed into a compellingly original style that has seen him play with the likes of Jim O'Rourke, Nate Wooley, Arve Henriksen and Toshimaru Nakeamura. For this evening, Di Domenico will perform a solo set, whilst Tatsuhisa Yamamoto performs in a duo with pianist Pat Thomas, with whom he struck up a hypnotic repartee at The Barbican last time around. Also on the bill will be Xomaltesc Tbobhni, the relentlessly exacting duo of drummer Paull Abbott and saxophonist Seymour Wright..............MORE>

Orphy Robinson

Black Top #12: Pat Thomas, Orphy Robinson with special guests Jamaaladeen Tacuma / Phillip Achille / Tatsuhisa Yamamoto / Mark Mondesir + Xomaltesc Tbobhni

WED 19 NOVEMBER '14 • 8:00PM • £10 adv / £12 door / £18 two-day pass
With Tatsuhisa Yamamoto (drums). Jamaaladeen Tacuma (bass), Phillip Achille (harmonica)
THU 20 NOVEMBER '14 • 8:00PM • £10 adv / £12 door / £18 two-day pass
With Mark Mondesir (drums). Jamaaladeen Tacuma (bass), Phillip Achille (harmonica)

Black Top is back with the 12th event in the series for two nights as part of the 2014 London Jazz Festival. Performing with them across both nights will be very special guest, Jamaaladeen Tacuma on electric bass. In the 1970's, Tacuma became a member of Ornette Coleman's Prime Time band and subsequently toured with and performed on some of Coleman's historic recordings, as well as performing with artists as diverse as Jeff Beck, Carlos Santana, Marc Ribot, Derek Bailey, Pharoah Sanders, Grover Washington Jr., Peter Murphy, and The Roots among others.

The ad hoc 'Black Top' series is dedicated to exploring the intersection of live instruments and technology such as the looping and sampling used in dub, reggae and other worldly noises - using improvisation to explore these black influences but not necessarily from an African American perspective. Also on the bill are Xomaltesc Tbobhni, the relentlessly exacting duo of drummer Paul Abbott and saxophonist Seymour Wright, forming part of their own four night residency at OTO across the week of the London Jazz Festival..............MORE>

Hakon Stene

Håkon Stene + Sigbjørn Apeland

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

The Hubro label presents Norwegian percussionist Håkon Stene's Lush Laments For Lazy Mammal and improvising harmonium player Sigbjørn Apeland's Glossolalia. Håkon Stene is a Norwegian percussionist specializing in contemporary music performance. In addition to performing in a variety of contexts throughout Europe, he is currently involved in artistic research and teaching at the Norwegian Academy of Music. Sigbjørn Apeland (born 1966) is a Norwegian record producer, musician (organ, harmonium) and the only Norwegian to have obtained a doctorate in ethnomusicology. He is known for his distinctive mix of folk music, church music and improvised music. He works as an organist, and specialized in free jazz with the legendary British drummer John Stevens; he has contributed to numerous recordings with Nils Økland and Sigrid Moldestad, folk singers Åsne Valland Nordli, Berit Opheim Versto and Agnes Buen Garnås, jazz musicians Øyvind Skarbø, Per Jørgensen and Bjørn Kjellemyr, electronica innovators Alog and noise duo Golden Serenades, in addition to many others..............MORE>

Marshall Allen by Fabio Lugaro
In residence

SUN RA ARKESTRA - under the direction of MARSHALL ALLEN - Three Day Residency

SAT 22 NOVEMBER '14 • AFTERNOON SHOW - 1PM • £20 adv / £25 door / £50 3-day pass
SUN 23 NOVEMBER '14 • AFTERNOON SHOW - 1PM • £20 adv / £25 door / £50 3-day pass
MONDAY 24 NOVEMBER '14 • 8PM • £20 adv / £25 door / £50 3-day pass

A great pleasure as ever to welcome back one of the greatest big bands of all time - The Sun Ra Arkestra. Operating under the direction of saxophonist Marshall Allen - currently celebrating his 90th year - the Arkestra have made Cafe OTO their home in London and this will be their seventh residency here. With such a massive, joyous songbook and the kind of well organised chaos that sees their legendary 3 hour sets move deftly between rolling grooves, sing-along chants and atonal blasts of mischievous brass, the Arkestra remain one of the most unmissable live acts today...........MORE>

Jan Jelinek and Masayoshi Fujita


SAT 22 NOVEMBER '14 • 8:00PM • £10 adv / £12 on the door

Electronic music pioneer Jan Jelinek performs a one-off UK live show with Japanese experimental vibraphonist Masayoshi Fujita. Jelinek has been at the forefront of German electronic music since his early forays into glitch and micro-house. Together they create expansive audio tapestries weaving together sounds of Jazz, Techno and Krautrock into an unmissable live experience. Also on the bill is Katie English, aka Isnaj Dui, who writes neo-impressionistic music using flutes, homemade dulcimers and electronics, and the debut performance of the new music project by Stefan Panczak (Inch-time / Mystery Plays Records) - Old Bones.............MORE>

Mark Sanders

Deep Whole Trio (Paul Dunmall / Paul Rogers / Mark Sanders) + Colin Webster & Mark Holub

SUN 23 NOVEMBER '14 • 8:00PM • £8 adv / £10 on the door

Three masters at work in the form of saxophonist Paul Dunmall, Paul Rogers on double bass and Mark Sanders on drums, performing as Deep Whole Trio, with support from the duo of drummer Mark Holub and saxophonist Colin Webster. For 30 years Paul has carved out a reputation for himself and is now widely recognized as one of the most uncompromising and talented reed players on the International jazz/improvised music scene. Whether playing in Small or large groups, his musical sensitivity and imagination, combined with a powerful sound, make him one of the most distinctive improvisers playing today. He has performed with Alice Coltrane, Johnny Guitar Watson, Danny Thompson, LJCO, Mujician, Henry Grimes/Andrew Cyrille and a duo with Chris Corsano..............MORE>

Thomas Buckner

Thomas Buckner presents 'Mystery of the River' - A concert tribute to Robert Ashley

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

The late, great, pioneering American contemporary composer, Robert Ashley, sadly passed away earlier this year but we were lucky enough to host a mesmeric residency with him at OTO in 2012 that will live long in the memories of all those lucky enough to attend. Tonight, the acclaimed baritone and long-time champion of new music, Thomas Buckner presents a program of pieces written especially for him by Robert Ashley in their 30+ years of working together. Works include the stand-alone pieces ‘World War III, Just the Highlights’ and ‘Tract’, and two completely re-conceived concert versions of arias from the opera “Atalanta, Acts of God”: ‘The Producer Speaks’, and ‘Mystery of the River’.............MORE>

Norberto Lobo

Norberto Lobo

WED 26 NOVEMBER '14 • 8:00PM • £8 adv / £10 on the door

Absolutely mindblowing acoustic guitar player from Lisbon. His 28 years of life have been completely immersed in the most joyous of relationships with music and sound. He’s done his profound reading of the most auspicious and melancholic melodies (a place where Steve Reich, Jim O’Rourke, Paulinho da Viola and Carlos Paredes all make sense together unto one existence), has been deeply enriched by the harmonic depth & richness of the samba/bossa heritage (which he knows by heart), and his composition in both short and longer-form is nothing short of remarkable – a sense of structure, narrative and storytelling complete by a total absence of any tics or theatrical antics, in which every turn is revised and remade for maximum fascination for both musician and audience.............MORE>


Alien Jams presents: Shapednoise + oMMM + Design a Wave + Shelley Parker (DJ)

THU 27 NOVEMBER '14 • 8:00PM • £8 adv / £10 on the door

Alien Jams welcomes Shapednoise, oMMM and Design a Wave to Cafe OTO. Shelley Parker will also be djing throughout the evening. Traveling from Berlin for his debut live set in London, Shapednoise aka Nino Pedone is one of the founders of Repitch Recordings, 1/2 of Violetshaped, as well as a solo artist in his own right. He has released music on Dominick Fernow's Hospital Productions as well as Opal Tapes, and most recently has a 12" on Russian Torrent Versions. With work that spans from gutter crawling experimental noise that might be found on a lost horror soundtrack, to all-encompassing mechanical techno, Shapednoise scours every dark corner of the Earth for his dread-filled offerings.............MORE>

John Butcher by Peter Gannushkin
In residence

John Butcher at 60

FRIDAY 28 NOVEMBER '14 • 8PM • £10 adv / £12 on the door / £18 2-day pass
- John Butcher + Rhodri Davies (electric harp)
- Magda Mayas (piano) + Angharad Davies (amplified violin)
- John Butcher + Gino Robair (drums & electronics) + dieb13 (turntables)

SATURDAY 29 NOVEMBER '14 • 8PM • £10 adv / £12 on the door / £18 2-day pass
- John Butcher + Guillaume Viltard + Dominic Lash + Olie Brice (double basses)
- Gino Robair + Rhodri Davies + Adam Bohman
- Vellum: John Butcher + Magda Mayas (piano) + Tony Buck (drums)

A very special two-day residency to celebrate the 60th birthday of one of the greats of improvised music - John Butcher. Featuring a line-up comprised of some of Butcher's closest and most long-standing collaborators as well as some brand-new groupings brought together specially for these two days, this should be a unmissable celebratory residency for a musician who has provided a whole host of highlights at Cafe OTO since we opened.

John Butcher is a saxophonist of rare grace and power, who has expanded the vocabulary of the saxophone far beyond the conventions of jazz and other musics, to encompass a staggering range of harmonics, multiphonics, overtones, percussive sounds, and electronic feedback. But his playing is far more than merely an array of special effects: it's characterised by an intensity that propels it into strange new places that are both incredibly beautiful and deeply exhilarating...........MORE>

Mette Rasmussen by Dawid Laskowski

Mette Rasmussen / Corey Fogel / Devin Hoff

SUN 30 NOVEMBER '14 • 8:00PM • £8 adv / £10 on the door

First show at OTO for a new trio comprised of Danish saxophonist Mette Rasmussen, os Angeles-based drummer Corey Fogel, and Devin Hoff on electric bass. Mette Rasmussen is a Danish saxophone player based in Trondheim, Norway. She works in the field of improvised music, drawing from a wide range of influences, spanning free jazz to textural soundwork. Rasmussen works on exploring the natural rawness of her instrument - experimenting on what the saxophone is capable of in sound and expression, with and without preparations. Much in demand, she has performed with the likes of Alan Silva, Chris Corsano, Ståle Liavik Solberg, and with her Trio Riot group with Sam Andreae and David Meier.............MORE>

Meta Meta

Metá Metá

MON 1 DECEMBER '14 • 8:00PM • £10 adv / £13 on the door

Over a squalling mass of improvised guitar and sax, a twisted, almost broken female vocal cries out to Exu, the gatekeeper of the Afro-Brazilian religion Candomblé. This is the ‘Afro-punk’ sound of Metá Metá - vocalist Juçara Marçal, saxophonist Thiago França and guitarist Kiko Dinucci – a trio of São Paulo’s most sought after musicians, struggling to survive the 21st century sonic schizophrenia of their home city. Metá Metá’s second album, and debut for the Mais Um Discos label, MetaL MetaL launches itself from the ancient chants of the orixás into a dirty brew of psychedelic samba, distorted jazz and Afro-punk. The band are all followers of candomblé yet they do not use the orixás to preach certain beliefs but to provide a framework within which to tell their stories.............MORE>

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TUES 2 DECEMBER '14 • 8:00PM • £7 adv / £9 on the door

Kammer Klang presents Plus-Minus performing a new work by Alexandre Schubert, and Kit Downes performing Moondog's organ works on a Hammond organ. Plus- Minus is an Anglo/Belgium octet committed to presenting new work alongside landmark modern repertoire. Formed in 2003 by Joanna Bailie and Matthew Shlomowitz, Plus-Minus is distinguished by its interest in avant-garde, conceptual, and experimental open instrumentation pieces such as Stockhausen‘s 1963 classic, from which the group takes its name..............MORE>

Man Forever

Man Forever + Arrington de Dionyso

WED 3 DECEMBER '14 • 8:00PM • £10 adv / £12 on the door

John Colpitts (aka Kid Millions) is a Brooklyn-based multi-instrumentalist, composer and writer who is perhaps best known as the drummer for Oneida. Man Forever, his vehicle for exploring the outer limits of drum performance, was created to overwhelm, to investigate the nuances that bloom in the midst of repetitive music, and to act as a pure sound experience. Originally based on the idea of creating a sort of punk-infused Metal Machine Music for drums, Man Forever has evolved from a five or six full drum set ensemble to something a lot more stripped down. Based on two drummers playing single stroke rolls on a single drum and the patterns that emerge from that, Pansophical Cataract is propulsive without a pulse..............MORE>

Laetitia Sadier by David Thayer

Dig That Treasure! presents: Laetitia Sadier + Jane Weaver + Let’s Eat Grandma

FRI 5 DECEMBER '14 • 8:00PM • £10 adv / £12 on the door

A return to Cafe Oto for Laetitia Sadier, best known as frontwoman for Stereolab. The first night of a tour promoting new solo album Something Shines, this performance promises to be special. Few musicians can claim to have made such a mark on the British music scene in the last thirty years. As a member of Stereolab, she’s released ten full albums, gaining along the way a large dedicated fanbase and acclaim that rightfully singles out Stereolab as "one of the most influential alternative bands of the '90s”. With influences as wide as Krautrock, bossa-nova and French pop, the band sculpted a truly original and distinctive sound, one that journalist Simon Reynolds describes as "always the same, always different".............MORE>



SUN 7 DECEMBER '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>

Citation City

Jennifer Walshe + Sharon Gal & Andie Brown + People Like Us

TUES 9 DECEMBER '14 • 8:00PM • £8 adv / £10 on the door

A programme of sound and vision in three sets; presenting new music by four unique performers, and including a preview of "CITATION CITY" by People Like Us. Citation City is inspired by 'The Arcades Project' by Walter Benjamin, created from 1000s of clippings of text and visual media from 19th Century Paris, collaged using a system of "convolutes", collated around subjects of key motifs, historical figures, social types, cultural objects from the time. By gathering and assembling such groups of similar yet unrelated, he revealed a hidden, magical encyclopaedia of affinities, a massive and labyrinthine architecture of a collective dream city. On reading Benjamin, his forward thinking approach to editing astonished Vicki Bennett, and the similarity of their creative processes of cutting and collating extensive lists of subject matter by context.............MORE>

The Ex
In residence

The Ex - Two-Day Residency with John Butcher + Richard Dawson + Afework Negussie + Valentina Campora + Rattle

THURSDAY 11 DECEMBER '14 • 8PM • £14 adv / £16 on the door / £25 2-day pass
- John Butcher
- The Ex
- Afework Negussie (masenqo and voice from Ethiopia)
- Andy Moor (guitar) & Valentina Campora (dance)

FRIDAY 12 DECEMBER '14 • 8PM • £14 adv / £16 on the door / £25 2-day pass
- Richard Dawson
- Rattle
- The Ex & Afework Negussie

Since 1979 The Ex has been operating beyond categorization. Born out of the punk explosion, which made everything possible, the band remained curious. Using guitar, bass, drums and voice as departure points The Ex kept exploring musically undiscovered areas: the early 1980s saw collaborations with jazz musicians and an Iraki-Kurdish band. Later on the group found partners such as Kamagurka, Tom Cora, Sonic Youth, Han Bennink, Jan Mulder, Ab Baars and Wolter Wierbos. In 2002 The Ex set up a lively musical exchange with Ethiopia, which eventually led to two CD recordings with the legendary sax player Getatchew Mekuria...........MORE>

Benedict Drew - No Body

Cranc with Benedict Drew

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

Cranc are Nikos Veliotis (cello), Rhodri Davies (electric harp) and OTO Associate Artist Angharad Davies (violin), collaborating for this performances with artist Benedict Drew. Benedict Drew (b. 1977) is an artist that works across video, sculpture, music and their associated technologies. He graduated from Slade School of Fine Art in 2011 and was a LUX Associate Artist (2011/12), He is represented by Matts Gallery, London. Recent solo exhibitions include Heads May Roll, Matt’s Gallery, London; The Persuaders’, Adelaide Festival, SASA Gallery Adelaide, Australia; Zero Hour Petrified, Ilam Campus Gallery, School of Fine Arts University of Canterbury, New Zealand (all 2014) The Onesie Cycle, Rhubarba, Edinburgh; Now Thing, Whitstable Biennale; This Is Feedback, Outpost, Norwich; Gliss, Cell Project Space; and The Persuaders, Circa Site / AV Festival, Newcastle.............MORE>

Poppy Ackroyd

Denovali Records presents: Poppy Ackroyd + Piano Interrupted + Carlos Cipa

SAT 20 DECEMBER '14 • 8:00PM • £13 adv / £15 on the door

Poppy Ackroyd is a performer and composer from London who is currently based in Edinburgh. Classically trained on violin and piano, she fell in love with contemporary piano music and with the piano beyond the keys, discovering the world of sound that could be made from other parts of the instrument. Realising the violin had the same potential, she has spent the last few years composing delicate, intricate and beautifully atmospheric music by manipulating and multi-tracking sounds from these two instruments. Piano Interrupted is the brainchild of London-based pianist and composer Tom Hodge and French electronic producer Franz Kirmann.............MORE>