Sunday 22 November 2015, 8pm
Kostis Kilymis and Miguel Prado (aka: Nzʉmbe), UK-based expatriates from Greece and Spain respectively, launch their two recent solo albums with a double-bill at OTO.
On his Rekem Records LP, 'Bethnal Greener', Kilymis weaves together a mesh of improvised electronics, fragments of field recordings and noise into an immersive whole that draws its inspiration from urban explorations and psychogeography. Referencing both improvised electronic music as well as drone-based approaches, his sets are captivating slices of abstract electroacoustic experimentation. For his Nzʉmbe project, Miguel Prado pens unusual, dramatic and very often romantic songs that delve into feelings of disenchantment, affection and humiliation. Built upon a musical bed of modular electronics and instrumental fragments, his recordings push forward the sound of the disembodied voice, laid bare in isolation, vulnerability and exposure. Joining the two, will be South-London based Scrase, presenting a special tape-based set for the evening.
Entertainment to be provided by Louie Rice (Hideous Replica) on cassette-only dj duties.
Kostis Kilymis is a Greek artist based in London. His work focuses on repetition, noise, immersive environments, feedback systems and the notion of representation. His music combines rhythm, field recordings and synthesised sound, reprocessed live and on location. He has been an improviser, performer and collaborator – his encounters including Lucio Capece, Nikos Veliotis, Greg Pope, Leif Elggren, Sarah Hughes, Stephen Cornford and Phil Julian amongst others. Recent work of his has been released on Rekem Records, I Dischi Del Barone, Strange Rules and Coherent States.
Miguel Prado is the story of a person’s life told from his birth to his death, detailing his deeds achieved and failures, and everything of significant interest to the same. His biography (Greek βίος, bios, “life” and γρᾶφειν, grāfein, “write”) usually takes the form of a expository story frequently narrated in the third person of the life of a real person from birth to death or to the present. In its most complete form, Miguel Prado also explains his actions according to the social, cultural and political context of the time attempting to reconstruct documentarily, his thoughts and figure. Miguel Prado can be recorded in the form of audio, visual or writing.
Scrase is an electronic musician based in South London. For over ten years he has been creating many forms of electronic music, while recent work of his has been documented across two 12"s for Love Love Records. At Café Oto he will perform using cassette tapes of pieces selected from hours of improvisations in his studio, which will be fed into his custom software for further manipulation.