Monday 9 February 2015, 8pm
First show at OTO in over three years for mercurial singer-songwriter Simon Finn, performing with Joolie Wood (violin, Clarinet) & Ian Hothersall (drums) as well as a special guest appearance from David Toop. A lone wolf troubadour from the mid-’60s UK scene, he rubbed shoulders with the likes of Bert Jansch, before seamlessly re-appearing on the UK scene in 2003 after a gap of some decades, and has since gone from strength to strength. Joining him on the bill will be Grimm Grimm, the space folk solo project of London-based Koichi Yamanoha.
Simon Finn has been given another crack at the troubled profession of singer/songwriter, his story the stuff of legend: A lone wolf troubadour from the mid-’60s U.K. scene, he rubbed shoulders with the likes of Bert Jansch. The powerful Pass the Distance, released to critical acclaim, seemingly lost for- ever... Since, a new record has surfaced – capturing the past and the present, a seamless transition despite the quarter century Simon Finn has won over fans worldwide – including Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore and ex-Blur gui- tarist Graham Coxon – with his passion, his wit and his soul-shaking music.
Aside from his solo shows Simon also plays guitar in a band called Current 93, which were the cover story of the July Wire. In 2006 his original album, Pass the Distance, was made in 1969, with David Toop (author of The Rap Attack and Oceans of Sound) and Paul Burwell. It was produced by Vic Keary who ran Mushroom records at the time.
His 2007 release, Accidental Life, has also been recorded and mastered by Vic Keary. Playing on it are: Joolie Woods, David Toop, Karl Blake (Lemon Kittens) Keith Godman, with backing vocals from Danielle Dax and Rose McDowall (Strawberry Switchblade).
Grimm Grimm is the experimental folk/pop project of London-based singer-songwriter Koichi Yamanoha. former frontman of the psychedelic-punk group Screaming Tea Party For him to explore new realms of sound. His honest, fragile, cinematic and sometimes innocent style mixes otherworldly baroque folk and ambient punk. Born in Tokyo, Yamanoha's stirring live performances have captured an essence of Japan and confession and have seen him play infrequent collaboration with Bo Ningen, Faust and Serafina Steer. Grimm Grimm's enchanting debut 7" single 'Kazega Fuitara Sayonara / Tell The Truth' was released late 2014 via Charlotte Marionneau and Kevin Shields' s Pickpocket Records, and his debut album ‘Hazy Eyes Maybe' was released by ATP recordings in June 2015." -Honest Jon's-
David is a musician, author, professor and Chair of Audio Culture and Improvisation at London College of Communication.
He has published five books including Ocean of Sound, Rap Attack and Sinister Resonance. His first album, ‘New and Rediscovered Musical Instruments’, was released on Brian Eno’s Obscure label in 1975 and he has collaborated with artists ranging from John Latham, Bob Cobbing, Carlyle Reedy and Ivor Cutler to Rie Nakajima, Evan Parker, Max Eastley and Akio Suzuki.
He has recently completed part one of Into the Maelstrom: Music, Improvisation and the Dream of Freedom, a two-volume work on free improvisation. Exhibitions and events he has curated include Music/Context Festival of Environmental Music for the LMC (1978), Sonic Boom for the Hayward Gallery (2000), sound curation for Radical Fashion at the V&A (2000-2001), Playing John Cage at the Arnolfini (2005) and Blow Up at Flat Time House (2010).