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Thursday 16 April 2020, 7.30pm

Photo by Camille Blake

Jessica Ekomane + Ain Bailey

postponed

This show has unfortunately been postponed due to travel issues relating to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. We're working to reschedule this show and hope to have an update on that as soon as possible. Please see: https://www.cafeoto.co.uk/coronavirus/

Jessica Ekomane is a French-born and Berlin-based electronic musician and sound artist. Her practice unfolds around live performances and installations. Her quadraphonic performances, characterized by their physical affect, seek a cathartic effect through the interplay of psychoacoustics, the perception of rhythmic structures and the interchange of noise and melody. Her ever-changing and immersive sonic landscapes are grounded in questions such as the relationship between individual perception and collective dynamics or the investigation of listening expectations and their societal roots.

Jessica Ekomane is one the six composers chosen as collaborators by Natascha Süder Happelman for her installation at the German pavilion of the Venice Biennale 2019. She released her debut album, Multivocal, on Important Records in 2019. Her work has been presented in various institutions worldwide such as CTM festival (Berlin), Ars Electronica (Linz), Dommune (Tokyo) or Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts (Omaha).

With support from Somerset House Studios as part of a new workshop series by Mutant Promise, a programming and producing platform for musicians who combine a DIY and workshop practice with their performance, composition and release work.

Ain Bailey

Ain Bailey is a sound artist and DJ. Her practice involves an exploration of sonic autobiographies, architectural acoustics, live performance, as well as collaborations with performance and visual artists. Among these is artist Jimmy Robert, who commissioned Bailey to create a composition for his 2017 show 'European Portraits' at PEER Gallery, London. “Oh Adelaide” (2010), her collaboration with the artist Sonia Boyce, has shown widely, and includes: Tate Britain; the Whitechapel Gallery and The Kitchen, New York. In 2016, Bailey was commissioned by Art Basel Miami Beach to compose for the Soundscape Park. Bailey also devised a Study Week at Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge, which considered the role of sound in the formation of identity. As well as this Bailey performed at Guest, Ghost, Host: Machine!, the 2017 Serpentine Marathon. 2019 saw Bailey complete a residency at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London. She was part of the group shows, “The Range”, at Eastside Projects, Birmingham and “RE:Respite”, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow. In 2019 Bailey also had a solo show at Cubitt Gallery, London entitled “ And We’ll Always Be A Disco In The Glow Of Love’,  and Bailey commissioned by Supernormal and Jupiter Rising festivals to perform a new composition. Currently, following a commission by Serpentine Projects, Bailey is conducting sound workshops with LGBTI+ refugees and asylum seekers.

Photo by Christian Nyampeta