April at Cafe OTO

Cropped version, showing just Shugo Tokumaru.
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From London’s Cafe OTO:

WILLIAM TYLER + MICHAEL CHAPMAN
Saturday 2 April ’11
£8 adv / £10 on the door

Fantastic double bill featuring two unparalleled guitar voyagers, separated in age by some decades but united by their respective new and jaw-dropping releases on the esteemed Tompkins Square label.

THE LONDON IMPROVISERS ORCHESTRA
Sunday 3 April ’11
£6 / £4 concs on the door only

Regular meeting of The London Improvisers Orchestra. The LIO draws on London’s rich pool of improvising musicians and is part of a long and varied heritage that stretches back to the free-jazz big bands of Chris McGregor and Mike Westbrook, the intuitive ensembles of John Stevens and purely improvising groups such as the Continuous Music Ensemble.

BADLAND
(SIMON ROSE / SIMON FELL / STEVE NOBLE)
Monday 4 April ’11
£6 adv / £7 on the door

Reunion tour of this exhilarating free music trio, exploring the outer reaches of liminal intensity whilst avoiding the traps of the standard sax/bass/drums trio format.

ALEXANDER HAWKINS ENSEMBLE
Tuesday 5 April ’11
£6 adv / £7 on the door

Since it’s first concerts in 2007, the Alexander Hawkins Ensemble has been one of the most creative jazz ensembles on the scene. This gig will be the debut of a new line-up adding BBC New Generation Artist Shabaka Hutchings (bass clarinet) and the world class tuba and drums of Oren Marshall and Mark Sanders. They join original members Otto Fischer, Hannah Marshall and Orphy Robinson in an ensemble that exploits its highly unusual instrumentation to explore structural boundaries and the intersections of compositions and improvisation.

SHUGO TOKUMARU
Wednesday 6 april ’11
£8.50 adv / £10 on the door

Shugo Tokumaru presents his sweet and eccentric lo-fi indie pop songs backed by a full band.

THE WIRE SALON: THE SOUNDS OF NEW ATLANTIS: DAPHNE ORAM, RADIOPHONICS AND THE DRAWN SOUND TECHNIQUE
Thursday 7 April 2011
£4 entry (no pre-sales)

LIBRARY TAPES + WILD DOGS IN WINTER + THE CLOCKS SOMETIME, SOFT
Friday 8 April ’11
£6 adv / £8 on the door

Gravid Hands presents an evening of pastoral melody headed up by David Wenngren’s Library Tapes project. Library Tapes music consists of plaintive piano and guitar melodies, arranged over field recordings and pastel drones to create deeply private, pastoral soundscapes which are often stripped back to the point of austerity. He’s joined by Wild Dogs in Winter’s crumbling lo-fi electronica and the muted tones of The Clocks Sometime, Soft.

KEIJI HAINO : TWO-DAY RESIDENCY
Saturday 9 April ’11 • w/ Voltigeurs
Sunday 10 April ’11 • w/ Peter Brötzmann

Miles of Smiles present a totally SOLD OUT pair of super-rare London shows by legendary Tokyo noise musician Keiji Haino. Haino’s 30-year career has encompassed a dizzying range of approaches from wild, guitar-led ensemble rock and near-Neolithic drumming to live electronics and solo gamelan. Saturday 9th April will see him joined by Matthew Bower’s Voltigeurs, whilst German saxophonist Peter Brötzmann will duet on Sunday 10th.

SO IT GOES :
A TRIBUTE TO KURT VONNEGUT
Monday 11 April ’11
£6 adv / £8 on the door

Transient Constellations presents an evening of original work inspired by the writing and ideas of the author of Slaughterhouse-Five, Cats Cradle, Player Piano, Welcome To The Monkeyhouse and Timequake, among others. Line-up includes performances/artwork from: Loopool, Ádám Bogar, Iola Kerr, Jon Owen, Connie Hart, Burning Zoo, Guy Harries, Marbles, Dylan Sparrow and Asteroid 25399 Vonnegut.

A must for Vonnegut fans and those yet to discover the work of this enigmatic and influential author.

SHOJI HANO : TWO-DAY RESIDENCY
Tuesday 12 April ’11
£8 adv / £10 on the door
w/ Paul Dunmall / John Edwards

Wednesday 13 April ’11
£8 adv / £10 on the door
w/ Alex Ward / Pat Thomas

CHRISTOPH HEEMANN
MAYA DUNIETZ PLAYS ALVIN LUCIER
OREN AMBARCHI / JOE TALIA (DUO)
Thursday 14 April 2011
£8 advance / £10 on the door

KOMMISSAR HJULER & MAMA BÄR + NINNI MORGIA CONTROL UNIT + SHARON GAL + CHORA
Friday 15 April ’11
£5 / £4 concs on the door only

Haimenfeldman presents an evening of untold weirdness with the debut London performance from dadaesque Kommissar Hjuler & Mama Bär, the psych guitar deconstructions of Ninni Morgia Control Unit, improvising vocalist Sharon Gal and South London via Sheffield’s junk gamelan ensemble Chora.

STEFFEN BASHO-JUNGHANS +
NICK JONAH DAVIS
Saturday 16 April ’11
£7 adv / £8 on the door

An evening of post-takoma guitar with German six-string expressionist Steffen Basho-Junghans returning to OTO and Nottingham’s Nick Jonah Davis championing his new LP ‘Of Time & Tides’

JOHN BUTCHER / JOHN EDWARDS / TONY MARSH (TRIO)
Sunday 17 April ’11
£6 adv / £7 on the door

Having performed recently as part of a quartet led by NYC guitarist Elliott Sharp, Butcher (saxophones), Edwards (contrabass) and Marsh (full percussion) return to OTO as a trio, taking the music into strange and beautiful places, with a combination of incredible technique and unmatched eloquence.

PETER BRÖTZMANN CHICAGO TENTET

Monday 18 April ’11
+ Joe McPhee Survival Unit / Holmlander solo
£18 / £20 on the door

Tuesday 19 April ’11
+ The Brass4TET / Lonberg-Holm solo
£18 / £20 on the door

Wednesday 20 April ’11
+ Sonore / Kessler solo
£18 / £20 on the door

£50 three day pass

THE IMPOSSIBILITY OF CROWS : GRUBBY MITTS + JOHNNY PARRY, AN EVENING COMMEMORATING DAN COX
Thursday 21 April ’11
£6 advance tickets

The Grubby Mitts are a 5-piece band from Bedfordshire, fronted by visual artist Andy Holden, they combine loping percussion with fragments of half-remembered melody.

HIT & RUN #2 :
DANIEL HIGGS + MAYA DUNIETZ + ASSAF TALMUDI

Friday 22 April ’11
£7 adv / £8 on the door

Sunday 24 April ’11
£7 adv / £8 on the door

HIT & RUN #3 : THE REBEL + PERPETUUM DISCO
Saturday 23 APRIL ’11
£7 adv / £8 on the door

THE WORKSHOP SERIES
Monday 25 April ’11
£5/£4 concs on the door only

Monthly concert of experimental improvised music with participants drawn from Eddie Prévost’s weekly workshop. This month’s musicians are Tom Soloveitzik (tenor saxophone), Tim Yates (objects), Benedict Taylor (viola), Gerry Gold (trumpet), Matthew Waters (electric guitar), Philip Clark (piano), Jerry Wigens (clarinet), Vicky Steiri (cello), Luciana Bass (electric guitar).

HIT & RUN #4 :
THE WELL PAMPERED KLAVIER – STEVE BERESFORD / TANIA CHEN / VERYAN WESTON / MAYA DUNIETZ
Wednesday 27 April ’11
£6 adv / £7 on the door

FRED FRITH: TWO DAY RESIDENCY
Thursday 28 April ’11
£10 advance / £12 on the door
w/ Roger Turner, John Butcher & Hannah Marshall

Friday 29 April ’11
£10 advance / £12 on the door
w/ Evan Parker and Annie Lewandowski

£18 two day pass

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