Monday 3 February 2020, 7.30pm
Please note that this is a free event but there is a voluntary donation of £5 to raise funds for the OTO Project Space.
Returning for a third in this series, IN HOUSE explores site and ideas of displacement and connection through sound and image. Bringing together musicians, visual and audio artists for an active evening of live performance and installation.
Conal Blake is a Glaswegian musician currently based in London. He is 1/4 of ‘Domestic Exile’ and runs a radio show called ‘Feedback Moves’ on Threads Radio.
Zara Joan Miller is a poet and artist. A selection of poems from her collection BLUE MONDAY featured in MAP and Fieldnotes journal in 2021. Other recent contributions include Another Gaze, Lazy Susan and Flash Art. Zara’s moving image practice plays with repeated and layered movement and sound as a way of reimagining a body’s rhythm. Her films include: Soft Rio (Marseille Underground Film Festival, Marseille, France, 2021; Underneath The Floorboards, 2021) with Astrid Sweeney and @xcrswx; horsecity (xviix.com, 2020; Centre of Gravity, Bristol, UK 2020) and Four Dances (Takuroku, 2021) – a piano & film collaboration with Billy Steiger. Zara is currently working on a film to accompany a score by Finlay Clark written for the Claravox Centennial theremin, and an ongoing collaboration with artist Tony Brooks at Submit to Love Studios. With Evie Ward, Zara programmes the movement and sound series CEREBELLUM.
The Cafe OTO choir is an informal group of voices who meet at Cafe OTO's project space. The Choir is open to all and non notated. Newcomers are welcome every session - singers and non singers. We have previously worked on pieces by Aine O Dwyer, Sarah Davachi and Annea Lockwood and with Imogen Palmer on Ukranian, Macedonian and Bulgarian folk songs.
"My practice unites film, video and performance with a background in textiles. Part of my practice involves creating platforms for film, video and live performance through collaboration, most significantly as co-founder of collective-iz & xviix. Publications include: Senses of Cinema, Millennium Film Journal, and Sequence Magazine. Recent screenings and exhibitions include: xviix.com (2021), 6x6.com (2020), In House, Café OTO, London (2020); Work Programme, LUX, London, UK, (2019); Light & Dark (Park), LUX, London, UK (2018); Extending the Frame, Whitstable Biennale, Kent, UK (2018)."
Sami Fitz is a London-based improvising vocalist and music producer whose work explores the boundaries of narratives. Her latest solo project, Tephra, was released in 2018 and produced by multi-instrumentalists Shahzad Ismaily and Aaron Roche. She leads the Experimental Choir at Cafe Oto and performs with Patrick Dahn as STILL NO. Her next album is set for release this winter.
Adam Matschulat is a self-taught composer and producer from Sao Paulo, Brazil. Based in London since 2007, his approach to composition and performance are deeply influenced by his background in poor theatre and musique concrete. He also runs the independent label Resterecords and award winning sound studio The Listening Tower where he works as a sound designer and studio engineer.
Currently in the process of composing the second part of a concrete piece with both sound recordings and footage solely from its title place ‘Formosa’ in rural South Brazil.
Working primarily under the name Action Pyramid, Tom Fisher's projects range from site-specific sound installation and headphone works for galleries and museums, to experimental radio works and commercially released music. Utilising a multitude of recording techniques his work often seeks to explore and re-interpret the often seemingly unnoticed and ‘unseen’ elements of our surroundings.
His work and recordings have been featured at LUX, Tate Modern, Tate Britain, the Grant Museum of Zoology, London Transport Museum, the Fjuk Art Center and Husavik Whale Museum in Iceland, as well as on Resonance Fm, Radio Anti, Radiophrenia, and as part of Open City Documentary Festival.
He has also participated in residencies at Fjuk Arts Centre Iceland, BioArctica in Finnish Lapland as well as numerous recording trips to coastal Suffolk, Cornwall, Wales, Shetland and the Outer Hebrides.
Billy Steiger was born in Howth on the 16th December, 1986. Now he plays the violin.
“Then he sat down by a pond and began to play a tune. As he played, the most extraordinary thing happened. One by one the fish in the pond began to jump out and fly about in the air. And what is more, they were all different colours and they were singing to the music.”
Patrick, Quentin Blake.