Thursday 29 September 2016, 8pm
“Gripping, detailed, stately improvisation — a bit like the ùrlars in classical bagpipe music — which nervily mixes the sternly doom-laden with precarious, other-worldly wonderment.” – Honest Jon's
Debut OTO show for Accident Du Travail – the duo of Julie Normal and Olivier Demeaux, who make brooding and engrossing use of the harmonium as well as the rare and widely sought-after ondes martenot.
“The two instruments are played through each other rather than against – the relationship is remarkably unhierarchical, and the pieces are immersive, fine-grained and meditative. Drawn out modulations between higher and lower registers produce tidal oscillations from reedy white noise, sibilant with overtone, to passages of sonorous bass. It’s dramatic, suspenseful music; what seems human warmth becomes metallic and alien, humid jungles grow from bare stone, breath and bodily pulse morph into air raid sirens and paranoia.” – The WIRE
Carers is abstract electronic music from Sheffield by Robin Barnes, who released the "...it's Eternity, Ester"/Easter 12" this summer. For this show at Cafe Oto they will be playing a live sampler set of all new material.
Sholto Dobie was born in Edinburgh and lives in Vilnius. He uses loose structures and an array of sound-sources including home-made organs and hurdy gurdy. His performances are personal and intuitive, often coming across as delicate, evocative, and absurd. He has recorded and performed with artists and musicians including Rie Nakajima, Judith Hamann, Lia Mazzari, Shakeeb Abu Hamdan, Mark Harwood, Marja Ahti & Niko Mahti Ahti, Antonina Nowacka, Malvern Brume and Lucia Nimcova. He has released solo and collaborative music with labels such as Mappa, All Night Flight, Infant Tree, Takuroku. Penultimate Press and Thanet Tape Centre and has toured widely, presenting performances at Cafe Oto (London), Fylkingen (Stockholm), De Player (Rotterdam), KM28 (Berlin), Kraak Festival (Antwerp), Organ Sound Art Festival (Copenhagen), Jauna Muzika Festival (Vilnius), Counterflows Festival (Glasgow) and Glasgow International (Glasgow).