Jazz / Free Jazz
Drone / Ambient
Outsider / Art Brut
Sound Art / Spoken Word
Indie / Rock
Folk / Song
Surrounded by handmade instruments, French folk singer, harpist, spinet and hurdy-gurdy player Emmanuelle Parrennin delivered an entrancing solo set to a winter crowd. Stripped of some of the more electronic, psychedelic tones that appeared on Maison Rose and Pérélandra, Parrennin creates an unearthly atmostphere with her vocals and a wired approach to instrumentation. Though in the past Parrennin has collected songs around rural France in a similar manner to the work carried out by Alan Lomax and Shirley Collins, this isn't simply revival folk; there's a tinge of a strange future to every song.
Emmanuelle Parrennin / vocals, harp, spinet, hurdy-gurdy
1. Le Rêve2. La Bar Mitsva3. Laisse Filer 4. Le Son De Ta Voix5. Le Secret 6. Entre Moi - Ce Matin à Frémontel 7. Hurdy Gurdy Drone ( improvisation )
Recorded live at Cafe OTO on Friday 3rd November 2017 by Shaun Crook. Mixed and mastered by James Dunn. Photo by Jonathan Crabb. Artwork by Oli Barratt.
Emmanuelle Parrennin - 3.11.17
Eclectic and unconventional improvisor/guitarist/banjo player Eugene Chadbourne returns to Cafe OTO for an evening of unaccompanied music and song. Doc Chad draws on a range of forms - from free jazz, country and blue grass and all out noise. His idiosyncratic and uncompromising approach to music has made him a living legend.
Eugene Chadbourne / electric guitar, banjo
1. Set I - 50:05
2. Set II - 01:00:39
Recorded live at Cafe OTO on Sunday 29th October 2017 by Shaun Crook. Mixed and mastered by James Dunn. Photos by Dawid Laskowski, and artwork by Oli Barratt.
Eugene Chadbourne - 29.10.17
Man Forever is a percussion ensemble founded by ONEIDA drummer John Colpitts. Equally versed in the disparate musical languages of DIY rock, improvisation, and contemporary classical, Colpitts created Man Forever to 'explore the outer limits of drum performance, to overwhelm, to investigate the nuances that bloom in the midst of repetitive music." Elaborate drum arrangements remain essential to Man Forever, augmented by voice and melody - and by Alexander Hawkins for this special OTO show.
"[Kid Millions] plays with a momentum and velocity that few can match and...a huge amount of soul." - The Quietus
Kid Millions (John Colpitts) / drums, vocals
Matt Evans / percussion, organ, vocals
Amy Garapic / percussion, vocals
Carson Moody / drums, vocal,
Brandon Lopez / bass
Alexander Hawkins / piano
Noah Hecht / additional percussion on "The Clear Realization"
Recorded live at Cafe OTO by Shaun Crook. Mixed by James Dunn. Mastered by James Dunn.
Continuous Infinite Present 1985
Photo: Jean-Pierre Maurer, Milan
Courtesy of the artist
Man Forever - 22.5.17
Despite counting Gavin Bryars and Brian Eno as fans, Belgian composer Dominique Lawalrée's compositions have been hard to find and scarecly heard. New York label Catch Wave have been working hard to change this, and last year helped put together 'First Meeting' - a collection of pieces Lawalrée had only ever released on his own tiny imprint Editions Walrus. We were delighted to welcome Lawalrée to OTO to reimagine those early compositions and debut new works. A fan of Satie, The Beatles and Eno, Lawalrée’s music of makes no secret of its influences, whilst taking a distinctly unique approach to decay, timbre and tone.
"a quiet, understated music that is both touching and elegant" - Gavin Bryars
Dominique Lawalrée / piano, keyboards
Britton Powell / piano, keyboards, percussion
Leo Svirsky / piano, keyboards
The Dominique Lawalree Ensemble is Dominique Lawalree, Leo Svirsky, and Britton Powell. Recorded on Sunday 1st October 2017 by Shaun Crook. Mixed & mastered by James Dunn. Photo by Abby Thomas and artwork by Oli Barratt.
Dominique Lawalrée - 1.10.17
Rattle are Katharine Eira Brown and Theresa Wrigley, both on drums and both on vocals. They played their first set at OTO as part of The Ex’s 2016 residency, and returned in 2017 to deliver their gleefully deconstructed and hypnotic songs in support of Sacred Paws. Stripped of ego, spacious and infectious, Rattle make structured minimalism unnerving, awkward, but mainly fun.
"Rattle, however, aren't about racket or ego. When Katharine Elra Brown and Theresa Wrigley sit on their separate thrones, they turn their beats into building blocks. With just two kits and their beguiling voices, the duo have created a jigsaw of a debut – and not one of those frustrating puzzles with 1000 tiny pieces, but a fast-paced game full of constant discovery and reward." - Lee Adcock
Katharine Eira Brown / drums, vocals
Theresa Wrigley / drums, vocals
Recorded by Shaun Crook on Sunday 29th January 2017. Mixed and mastered by James Dunn. Photo by Dawid Laskowski. Artwork by Oli Barrett. All songs are from Rattle's first album 'Rattle' released in August 2016 on I Own You / Upset The Rhythm Records.
Rattle - 29.1.17
Delighted to release this fierce first time duo from two of our favourite saxophonists. Brotzmann-esque heft and gritty melodies from Trzaska, fused with Wright's tonal punctuation packs this one full of intensity which escapes the routine.
Mikolaj Trzaska / saxophone
Seymour Wright / saxophone
1. 12.9.16 - 36:46
Recorded on Friday 9th December 2016 by Shaun Crook. Mixed and mastered by James Dunn. Photo by Dawid Laskowski. Artwork by Oli Barrett.
Mikolaj Trzaska & Seymour Wright - 12.9.16
Solo set from French hurdy-gurdy player Yann Gourdon. One third of the drone trio France and part of the La Nòvia collective, Gourdon's practice focuses on acoustic phenomena and dynamic relationships with the environment. Having learned to play traditional music from Auvergne by listening to field recordings, Gourdon re-orientates tradition via minimalism, honing in on a place or location's unique vibratory fields, volumes and surfaces.
Yann Gourdon / hurdy gurdy
1. 15.10.15 - 41.18
Recorded on Thursday 15th October 2015 by Luca Consonni. Mixed and mastered by James Dunn. Photo by Mattias Launois. Artwork by Oliver Barratt.
Yann Gourdon - 15.10.15
Delighted to share two killer sets from Han Bennink's recent residency - a percussion duo with London legend Steve Noble, and a duo with highly distinctive pianist Alexander Hawkins. Combining equal parts virtuosity and anarchic irreverence, Bennink has never rested on his laurels, and these two duos are no exception.
Han Bennink / drums
Alexander Hawkins / piano
Steve Noble / drums
1. Bennink / Hawkins - 30:34
The tune which begins at 7'16" is 'Moeder Aller Oorlogen' by Misha Mengelberg.
At 13'29", that is 'De Sprong, O Romantiek Der Hazen', also by Misha.
At 25'00", that's 'Once in A While', a standard tune by Edwards/Green.
2.Bennink / Noble - 10:14
Recorded live at Cafe OTO on Friday 11th August 2017 by Shaun Crook. Mixed by James Dunn. Mastered by James Dunn. Photo by Dawid Laskowski.
Hawkins / Bennink / Noble - 11.8.17
Once a member of the national ensemble of Tuva, Sainko Namtchylak left the remote republic in the south of Siberia and lived in Moscow. There she met jazz musicians and started a new career - playing and making records with musicians such as Peter Kowald, Joelle Leandre and Evan Parker. After recording Like A Bird Or Spirit, Not A Face with members of Tinariwen last year she has formed a new group, SainkhoKosmos, with the help of reedsman and long-time collaborator Ned Rothenberg. Sainkho's seven octave vocal range combined with an ensemble with such a vast wealth of experience makes for compelling listening - an ancient pulsing within a modern framework.
Samm Bennett / drums, vocals
Sainkho Namtchylak / vocals
Ned Rothenberg / clarinet, alto sax, shakuhachi
Peter Scherr / electric upright bassKazuhisa Uchihashi / guitar, daxophone
Recorded on Sunday 6th August 2017 by Tom Mudd. Mixed & mastered by James Dunn. All music improvised by SainkhoKosmos. Original photo by Anton Klimov. Artwork by Oli Barrett.
SainkhoKosmos - 6.8.17
Second release in an on-going series from saxophone and guitar 'duo' Daniel Blumberg and Seymour Wright. Mutated recordings made with heavy distortion and extreme amplification are live processed and manipulated to create a sinister, metallic ricochet. Release includes an ekphrasis by Brady Corbet responding to the music.
Daniel Blumberg / guitar
Seymour Wright / saxophone
1. 23.5.16 - 17:00
Recorded live at Cafe OTO on Monday 23rd May 2016 by Shaun Crook. Mixed and mastered by James Dunn. Ekphrasis by Brady Corbet. Font by Billy Steiger. Etching by GUO.
GUO - 23.5.16
Originally recorded for Philip Glass's private press label Chatham Square and tracked after hours at John Lennon's home studio, Gibson's 1973 LP "Visitations" is a minimalist masterpiece. Performing with his new group back in September, Gibson re-imagined the piece with modular synthesizers and a digital projection of 16 mm film entitled "One Way" depicting the California desert. Shot by Gibson around the same time as the LP, the film showed seemingly never ending desert landscape of America cascading across the screen - perfectly reflecting the expanse of his fresh take on the unique environmental soundscape of Visitations.
Jon Gibson / winds
Britton Powell / percussion and objects
John Also Bennett / electronics
Jeremy Gibson / percussion
George Bennett / percussion
Recorded live at Cafe OTO on Friday 15th September by Shaun Crook. Mixed and mastered by James Dunn. Artwork by Oli Barrett.
Jon Gibson's Visitations - 15.9.17
We were delighted to have Sudanese funk group The Scorpios return to OTO after their self titled album came out in spring on Afro 7 - a great new label that focuses on "new and old music from East Africa", so we're especially pleased to make this one available. The collective is made up of Sudanese and European talents based in West London, and together they take a new stance on traditional Sudanese forms. They meld bass synth, horns, percussion and gorgeous vocals to drive new energy into haqibah scales, and though you can hear the influence of Sharhabil and His Band and Abdel Karim el Kably in their mix, they're really pushing it somewhere else.
Dawid Frydryk / trumpet
James Connor / percussion
Michael Ofiri / drums
Ronnie Maxwell / bass
Adam Bulewski / rhythm & lead guitar
Abdelsalam Kamaleldin / lead and rhythm guitar
Ragaia Ishag / vocals
Izumi Kobayashi / keys
Sue Lynch / sax
Ahmed Mohamed Ali Osman / percussion & vocals
Karl Amata / percussion
1. Yadob Yadob 2. El Sheikh Sairo3. Yaelhajarok4. Haja5. Benreed El Etam6. Meshena7. Kifaya Mosa8. Garnar Alsebou9. Saparna10. La Shaftak Tabel Elshoog11. Safar12. Yadob Yadob13. End Song
Recorded live at Cafe OTO by Adam Matschulat on 23rd June 2017. Mixed & mastered by James Dunn. Original photo by Laurent Orseau. Artwork by Oli Barrett.
The Scorpios - 23.6.17
"Japanese bluesman Kan Mikami is nothing less than an unalloyed force of nature. A skin-shredding blast of frozen wind from the poor, rural north of Japan that he calls home. In the late 1960s, like thousands of other Japanese young people Mikami made his way to Tokyo in search of a life different from that of his parents. Since then he has forcefully carved out a space for himself in the culture as a modernist poet, a raging folk singer, an author, a actor, an engaging TV personality, and one of Japan’s most uniquely powerful performers.
For most of Mikami’s career as a singer, he has performed solo. Just him and his electric guitar against the world, creating jagged A-minor vamps to drive along the surreal wisdom of his lyrics. But he’s equally at home in more demanding improvisational contexts such as those provided here by John Edwards on bass and Alex Neilson on drums. Their dense propulsive textures seem to spur on Mikami, his voice arcing powerfully into fragmented spaces, his guitar darting, colliding, shedding jagged and angular splinters of sound. A pulsing, raging maelstrom of serrated-edged energy. Gruff, rough, honest and very, very real." - Alan Cummings
Kan Mikami / vocals, guitar
John Edwards / bass
Alex Neilson / percussion
Recorded live at Cafe OTO on 3rd April 2013 by James Dunn. Mixed by John Chantler. Mastered by Giuseppe Ielasi
Kan Mikami / John Edwards / Alex Neilson - Live at Cafe OTO
Keiji Haino, one of the foremost exponents of the Japanese avant-garde, always provides a masterclass in constantly shifting improvisation. John Butcher is a saxophonist of rare grace and power, who has expanded the vocabulary of the saxophone far beyond the conventions of jazz and other musics, to encompass a staggering range of multiphonics, overtones, percussive sounds, and electronic feedback.
Haino and Butcher met when Butcher opened for Fushitsusha at the show Cafe OTO arranged at St. John, Hackney - 5 years ago. In 2016 they were invited to play two duo concerts – at The Empty Gallery in Hong Kong and at Cafe OTO in London.
Otoroku is proud to present the audio documentation of their first UK meeting. Recorded live at Cafe OTO in July 2016 the results are an uncompromising milieu of swirling sound played out as a total union of these two legendary performers. Haino’s blues drenched guitar entices skittering notes from Butcher’s sax playing as numerous sonic clues unravel over the course of of this unique and compelling journey.
Light Never Bright Enough comes in a limited edition of 500 LPs and 500 CDs with matt sleeves and japanese removable obi-strip.
Keiji Haino / vocal, guitar, flutes
John Butcher / saxophones and feedback
Recorded live at Cafe OTO on the 9th July 2016 by Luca Consonni. Mixed by John Butcher. Mastered by Giuseppe Ielasi. Photography and design by ORGAN.
HAINO KEIJI / JOHN BUTCHER - LIGHT NEVER BRIGHT ENOUGH
Live recording of the debut London performance for the duo of Limpe Fuchs and Evan Parker - two giants of avant garde music. Having met at Fort Process Festival in 2016 and seen each other perform solo in a tiny underground bunker, the two then paired up for a couple of duo concerts - one at OTO, and one in Brighton for Lost Property Arts Collective. Fuchs brings her unique menagerie of sounds to the space - variable wood and stone blocks (marble and serpentinite sourced from Sondrio in Upper Italy), ringing bronze pendulum strings and a variety of skin and bronze drums sound out alongside her own voice and a two toned harmonic violin. Fuch's huge set up, spread out across the stage area and unique to each performance, means the music to develops through movement - as each instrument is played, another is left in silence. Their duo evolves in phases, navigated by Fuch's movement around the room, and Parker's intuitive finding of endings, of pauses and of ways to engage with Fuch's personal rhythms is perfect. Surely the beginning of a regular duo? We hope so.
Limpe Fuchs / percussion, vocals, violin
Evan Parker / saxophone
1. Set 1 - 28:58
2. Set 2 - 20:13
3. Set 3 - 16:02
Recorded liveat Cafe OTO by James Dunn on Monday 28th May 2017. Mixed and mastered by James Dunn. Artwork by Oli Barrett - original photograph by Edith Stocker.
Limpe Fuchs & Evan Parker - 28.5.17
Incredibly pleased to finally release this from the archives! Kumio Kurachi is truly one of the most original figures in Japanese music, and his music exists within its very own colourful world. Recorded across two nights way back in 2009, Kurachi is joined by Taku Unami and London improvisors Steve Beresford and Angharad Davies. These two shows still remain as Kurachi's only concerts outside Japan.
"Kumio Kurachi depicts our mind and feelings with unthinkable and bizarre words which can be embarrassing to listen to. And yet he manages to create a world which is so familiar to us - small events of our everyday life that we don't pay much attention to. Whether it is a conversation between a funeral service conductor and his helper that you overheard in a supermarket (Supermarket Chitose), or about the people affected by a dam construction (A Dam with 30,000,000 Teardrops), his songs are fragments of our human behaviours and experiences. His lyrical world is made even more unpredictable by his unique guitar style which is apparently inspired by the koto. The music is so melodious that the mixture of the strange wording, guitar and variations of voices thrives all together and it can haunt you without noticing it, just like the small events of everyday life you can't escape from." - Midori Ogata
Kumio Kurachi / guitar, vocals
Taku Unami / guitar
Angharad Davies / violin
Steve Beresford / piano
1. Train Song (poetry reading)2. Instrumental l3. Asahi4. Cling Film (Saran Wrap)5. Full of Miso (Miso Ga Ippai)6. Instrumental ll7. A Dam with 30,000,000 teardrops (30,000,000 Tsubu Dam)8. Best Camera9. An Event On An Island (Tsudoe Nokonoshima) ft Unami, Beresford10. Slow Walker (Yukkuri Aruku Hito) ft Unami, Beresford11. Supermarket Chitose ft Unami, Beresford12. Here Comes Tatamiya (Tatamiya Ga Kita) ft Unami, Beresford, Davies13. Steel Tower (Tettou) ft Unami, Beresford, Davies14. Soshu Yakyoku (蘇州夜曲) <cover> written in 1940. Lyrics by Yaso Saijo (西條八十) Music by Ryoichi Hattori (服部良一)15. Blues of Blue Natchan (Natchan Blue)
Mastered by James Dunn from the original recording made by Pete Coward - thanks Pete! Artwork by Kurachi & Oli Barrett. Massive thanks to Midori Ogata, without whom this wouldn't have happened.
Kumio Kurachi - 6/8.12.9
Delighted to release Brazilian composer-performer Manuel Lima's set from June this year. Features a live re-working of his brilliant release on Editions Verde (EV006: 36 English to Portuguese Lessons), plus some plus new & gold material. Lima works between language, sound & performance to make absurdist cocktail of confusion & absurd recontextalisation. Following randomly generated instructions dictated to him from a Python script, Lima fuses sound from Youtube videos, analogue synthesiser and cassette recorder, alongside English to Portuguese translation phrases to delightful effect. Synonymy slips, and simple translations evolve & mutate to the sound of Jorge Ben, baroque lute and submerged speech.
Manuel Lima / analogue synth, mixer, cassette recorder
1. 30.6.18 - 15:50
Recorded live at Cafe OTO by Paul Skinner on Friday 30th June, 2017. Mixed and mastered by Manuel Lima.
Manuel Lima - 30.6.17
Release 100 (!!!), and we're really pleased to make Jamal Moss' non-stop 6 hour New Year DJ set available for free. Half the night came out as a double cassette dubbed "The Hieroglyphic Being Experience Vol. 1" last year, but they're all sold out now and they dont seem to include the magic moment Jamal drops "I Feel Love" and re-works it in his unique acid house style. The set is huge, so we've split it half way to help with any bandwith issues. Thanks for your continued support of Cafe OTO, and hpe to see you New Year 2018!
Jamal Moss / cdj's
Part 1 - 2:02:15
Part 2 - 4:08:39
Recorded live at Cafe OTO on Thursday 31st December, 2015 by Shaun Crook. Mixed by Abby Thomas. Artwork by Oli Barratt. Many thanks to Jamal Moss.
Hieroglyphic Being - NYE 15/16