Thursday 6 January 2022, 8pm
Please note that this show will now be streaming-only. Whilst the stream will free to view, if you would like to make a donation to support the artists involved it would be very much appreciated. You can do so on the links below:
Come and see Cafe OTO as a homemade spaceship womaned by Robyn Rocket space trumpeter, performing alongside the great drummer, singer, composer and founding member of This Heat, Charles Hayward, plus Jemma Freeman and The Cosmic Something.
Robyn's Rocket is a homemade spaceship for experimental music and art, aiming to be an inclusive, conscious space - meaning inviting in people who may not normally feel welcome, asking for feedback and acting on it.
This event will be live streamed via youtube:
Proudly funded by:
Arts Council England
And supported by:
Heart N Soul, who believe in the power and talents of people with learning disabilities.
"I am a musician author and educator , I play Trumpet through guitar effect pedals,
I was classically trained age 8-15 but didn’t get anywhere as I have always been into Avante Garde minded, but in January 2016 I saw a band called spaceheads.
I also joined Tony Douglas MBE’s beginners big band and learnt how to use my ears." – Robyn Steward
Charles Hayward is an English drummer/singer/composer and was a founding member of the experimental rock groups This Heat and Camberwell Now. He also played with early European improv group Mal Dean's Amazing Band and gigged and recorded with Phil Manzanera in Quiet Sun as well as a short stint with Gong. Since the late 80's he has concentrated on solo projects and collaborations, including Massacre (with Bill Laswell and Fred Frith), Monkey Puzzle Trio and Albert Newton (with Pat Thomas and John Edwards). The project This Is Not This Heat has recently completed a 3 year series of performances in UK, Europe, US and Japan.
Throughout a nearly 50 year career Charles has developed idiosyncratic attitudes and insights into a wide range of soundwork, spanning improvisation, song, sound as sound, using order and chaos as creative energies. He curates a six monthly series of performances, workshops and installation called Charles Hayward Presents on behalf of Lewisham Arthouse for Albany Theatre. Recent releases include ‘Objects of Desire’ cassette on Blank Editions and the piano centred song cycle ‘Begin Anywhere’ on Klanggalerie & God Unknown Records.
“As impassioned and animated offstage as behind his massive drumkit, Charles Hayward radiates a genuine intensity. He first came to wide attention as drummer with the highly influential This Heat as the embers of Post-Punk simmered off into wilder experimental tangents. He has released a dozen solo and colaborative albums, and puts on rare solo live shows which pull the raw muscular percussion at the heart of Rock into new shapes with devastatingly powerful results.” – Freq
"Telepathic magic……. Hayward is one of the most life-affirming people who stalks this dark globe." - SOUND PROJECTOR
Known previously for their song writiing with dreamy psych band Landshapes (Bella Union) Jemma has tinged this with energetic glam rock. Lush guitar tones and introspective psychedelic lyrics bound together with unbounded energy. Colliding themes of secret worlds, hidden agendas, apathy and anxiety, Jemma’s sonorous voice tells a story of unravelling completely and tying yourself back up again.