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 is an artist and performer living in London. He uses loose structures and and array of instruments including home-made organs and bagpipes, field recordings, guitar, concertina and anything else that comes to hand. His performances are personal and intuitive, often coming across as delicate, evocative, and absurd.
He has presented solo performances at Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival, Cafe OTO, Glasgow International and CCA, Glasgow. He has released music on Cosmovisión registros andinos and OtoRoku. He regularly collaborates with Ben Pritchard, and has played in combinations with Ashley Paul, Mark Harwood, Lia Mazzari, United Bible Studies, Billy Steiger and Ivor Kallin.
He is also runs the event series Muckle Mouth which he founded in 2014 and co-curates at The Horse Hospital in London.