Cafe OTO in May

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From Cafe OTO:

ZWERM – TIMESTRETCH
MON 2 MAY ’11 • 8PM • £5 / £4 (concs)

The energetic and inventive electric guitar quartet Zwerm from Belgium, present a new programme dedicated to composers who concentrate their attention on the experience and perception of time by means of sound. This is the third event in the Brunel@Café OTO sound series… MORE>

PETER BRÖTZMANN CHICAGO TENTET
LIVE AT CAFE OTO ON RADIO 3
MON 2 MAY ’11 • 11PM

BBC Radio 3 will broadcast an interview and live recording from the Peter Brötzmann Chicago Tentet’s final day of their three day residency here at Cafe OTO at 11pm on Monday 2nd May.

CHRISTINE WODRASCKA / LIONEL GARCIN / EDDIE PREVOST / GUILLAUME VILTARD / JOHN BUTCHER
TUES 3 MAY ’11 • 8PM • £6 adv / £7 on the door

Two visiting improvisors from France – pianist Christine Wodrascka and Saxophonist Lionel Garcin perform a duet alongside the trio of Prevost/Butcher/Viltard before coming together as a quintet….MORE>

HIT & RUN #5 : FRITZ WELCH + KEREN ROSENBAUM
WED 4 MAY ’11 • 8PM • £6 adv / £7 on the door

Fifth and final event in the HIT & RUN series with Fritz Welch, a texan percussionist and vocalist now based in Glasgow and ‘determined to stretch the escalator of possibilities into the bloodshot eye of results’ alongside Cellist/choreographer Keren Rosenbaum….. MORE>

PETER EVANS: TWO-DAY RESIDENCY
W/ EVAN PARKER, JOHN BUTCHER, STEVE BERESFORD, LIAM NOBLE, ADAM LINSON & JOHN RUSSELL
THURS 5 MAY ’11 • 8PM • £8 adv / £10 on the door
FRI 6 MAY ’11 • 8PM • £8 adv / £10 on the door

Peter Evans is one of the most brilliant figures in the new wave of improvised music, a technical master who has reconfigured the trumpet in the same way Evan Parker did the saxophone, pushing his playing to the limits of physical endurance, and in so doing revealing new sonic possibilities and future directions for the instrument. This two day residency will explore various aspects of Evans’ musical personality and will feature some of the UK’s finest performers…. MORE>

(R) + TRUMPETS OF DEATH + TENEBROUS LIAR
SAT 7 MAY ’11 • 8PM • £6 advance

Tin Angel Records presents a night of alternative sounds with some of the most exciting bands and DJ’s currently on the alternative underground scene including underground music heavy weight Fabrizio Modonese Polumbo (of Larsen, Blind Cave Salamander and XXL), the shifting and experimental song structures of Trumpets of Death and Steve Gullick’s feedback strewn The Tenebrous Liar… MORE>
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STEPHAN MATHIEU / BJ NILSEN / TSU
SUN 8 MAY ’11 • 8PM • £8 advance / £10 door

ROOM40 presents an evening of sublime electronic tone float and immersive sound environments with Stephan Mathieu performing ‘Music for Columbia Phonoharp and Computer’ and sets from Sweden’s BJ Nilsen (Touch) and TSU! – the duo of Robert Curgenven (turntables/resonance) and Jörg Maria Zeger (guitar)….. MORE>

ISHMAEL WADADA LEO SMITH STRING QUARTET + LONDON QUARTET
MON 9 MAY ’11 • 8PM • £8 adv / £10 on the door

After first witnessing a stunning performance by Wadada at the Freedom of the City festival we invited him to Oto for a two day residency where his incredible sound and unique sensibility fed the heart of two fascinating groups and duos with some of the UK’s most creative players. We’re really thrilled to have him back, this time playing two sets: a ‘string quartet’ with guitarist John Coxson, Phil Wachsmann on violin and master bassist John Edwards and Wadada’s London Quartet with Pat Thomas (piano/keyboard), John Edwards and Mark Sanders (drums)…. MORE>

KAMMER KLANG : MA, STEVE REICH, FREDERIC RZEWSKI, HILDEGARD VON BINGEN, ALEX HILLS
TUES 10 MAY ’11 • 8PM • £6 on the door

Kammer Klang presents the electronic improv of Ma. whose distinctive sound moves between serene Boards Of Canada-esque layers, explosive noise-improv in the vein of Norway’s Supersilent, Tortoise-style beats and dark, abstract dub soundworlds. The Royal College of Music Experimental Music Ensemble will also perform Steve Reich’s Violin Phase (1967) and Frederic Rzewski’s Les moutons des Panurge (1969) as well as compositions by Hildegard von Bingen and Alex Hills….MORE>

DAMON AND NAOMI W/ MICHIO KURIHARA +
RICHARD YOUNGS W/ DAMON KRUKOWSKI (DRUMS)
WED 11 MAY ’11 • 8PM • £8 adv / £10 on the door

Damon & Naomi celebrate their 25th year as performers together this year with an unexpectedly joyous, upbeat and strident new LP ‘False Beats and True Hearts’ and a concert at Cafe OTO with Ghost/Boris guitarist Michio Kurihara. Damon Krukowski also steps back behind the drums for a set with English iconoclast Richard Youngs….MORE>

WILKINSON/JOHANNESEN/HØYER/KNEDAL ANDERSEN
THURS 12 MAY ’11 • 8PM • £6 adv / £8 on the door

British saxophonist Alan Wilkinson joins three of Norway’s brightest young free players, guitarist Kim Johannesen, bassist Ola Høyer, and drummer Dag Erik Knedal Andersen. Having completed a Scandinavian tour in 2010, their music smouldered with ideas and latent potential from the outset, before coaxing itself into nerve-jangling intensity. This gig is part of the group’s first British concerts…. MORE>

VALERIO TRICOLI & ROBERT PIOTROWICZ
Friday 13 MAY ’11 • 8PM • £6 adv / £8 on the door

Penultimate Press presents the Netaudio opening concert with solos and a duo from Polish guitar/modular synth performer Robert Piotrowicz and Valerio Tricoli, master of the revox reel-to-reel….MORE>

LOREN CONNORS + SUZANNE LANGILLE
SAT 14 MAY ’11 • 7PM • £14.50 adv / £17 on the door

Since Cafe OTO opened nearly three years ago, we’ve kept a small wishlist of people who we’d love to have come and play. Loren Connors has long been at the top of that list, so its with a considerable amount of excitement that we can announce an exclusive, one-off, one-night-only appearance from one of the most singular guitarists of our time. The evening will now open with an a cappella performance from Suzanne Langille…MORE>

ICARUS + BADUN + INCH-TIME
SUN 15 MAY ’11 • 8PM • £7 adv / £8 on the door

Mystery Plays Records presents a night of adventurous laptop electronics. Just back from a residency at STEIM (Studio for Electro-Instrumental Music) in the Netherlands, Icarus perform a rare London show previewing material from their forthcoming album. Support from Danish IDM/Jazz pioneers Badun (Rump Recordings) and Inch-time (Mystery Plays)…. MORE>

THIS IS THE KIT + SARABETH TUCEK + LIZ JANES
MON 16 MAY ’11 • 8PM • £8 advance

Heartbreaking songs from Winchester’s Kate Stables – who sings and plays banjo and guitar – sometimes solo and other times plays with a bunch of musicians.

NATE WOOLEY & PAUL LYTTON : TWO DAY RESIDENCY
TUES 17 MAY ’11 w/ Okkyung Lee & Phillip Wachsmann • 8PM • £8 / £10 on the door
WED 18 MAY ’11 w/ Evan Parker & John Russell • 8PM • £8 / £10 on the door

The duo of Paul Lytton and Nate Wooley have established themselves as one of the most exciting improvising duos working today, a restlessly inventive pairing who resolutely refuse all musical cliché in their search for new forms of sound and expression. For this Oto residency they’ll be playing both as a duo and with a selection of specially invited guests…. MORE>

KHAIRA ARBY + PRINCE RAMA
THURS 19 MAY ’11 • 8PM • £10 adv / £12 on the door

An evening with the incredible Malian singer Khaira Arby alongside Animal Collective proteges Prince Rama. Arby mixes up her Songhai and Berber roots in a desert blues of ripping electric guitar, nimble rhythms and lyrics that call out for change and justice… MORE>

KURICORDER QUARTET
FRI 20 MAY ’11 • 8PM • £10 adv. / £12 on the door

Join us for a very special evening to celebrate the 20 year anniversary of Far Eastern music pioneers Far Side Music, with an evening of Japanese musical heaven. Guests direct from Japan are the wonderful Kuricorder Quartet, plus DJs Iain Lee and Paul Fisher spinning an eclectic selection of Japanese tunes…..MORE>

OKKYUNG LEE / CHRISTIAN MARCLAY / STEVE BERESFORD / JOHN BUTCHER
SAT 21 MAY ’11 • 8PM • £7 adv. / £8 on the door

Cellist Okkyung Lee is one of the most dynamic forces in improvised music today, a fearless and powerful performer whose playing incorporates a love of noise, extended technique and elements from the outer fringes of contemporary composition. For this concert she has brought together three of her favourite musicians for an evening of duos that will present improvised music at its most eclectic and creative….MORE>

K. MICAL / A QUI AVEC GABRIEL (DUO)
SUN 22 MAY ’11 • 8PM • £6 adv / £7 on the door

Two women of the Japanese avant-garde – K. Mical, a member of No Neck Blues Band and A Qui Avec Gabriel with recent releases on John Zorn’s Tzadik label – come together as an alchemy of opposites – one chasing ecstatic bliss, the other disappearing into reclusive silence and melancholy breath singing tales of shadow and folly…. MORE>

KOBOKU SENJU : TWO-DAY RESIDENCY
(MARTIN TAXT / TETUZI AKIYAMA / EIVIND LØNNING / ESPEN REINERTSEN / TOSHIMARU NAKAMURA)
MON 23 MAY ’11 (Quintet) • 8PM • £7 / £8 on the door
TUES 24 MAY ’11 (Duos) • 8PM • £7 / £8 on the door

Koboku Senju brings together Tetuzi Akiyama (Guitar) and Toshimaru Nakamura (No Input Mixing Board) – two of Japan’s leading musicians – with three young and active improvisers from Norway with an increasing reputation for their adventurous yet mature musicality. “austere and meditative beauty in a profusion of sonic detail… beguilingly rich and uncategorisable” (Chicago Reader)… MORE>

MOUNTAINS + JOHN CHANTLER + SIMON SCOTT
WED 25 MAY ’11 • 8PM • £8 / £10 on the door

Mountains touch down at Cafe OTO to celebrate their forthcoming recording on Thrill Jockey. Live, Mountains present a soundworld of rich, constantly renewing detail and subliminal propulsion. They’re joined on the night by the psychedelic modular synth of Room40 artist John Chantler and Simon Scott’s low-light melodic shimmer…. MORE>

BO NINGEN COLLECTIVE + ATTA + STARS OF THE KINGS
THURS 26 MAY ’11 • 8PM • £5 adv / £6 on the door

Bo Ningen perform two sets, one with an expanded ‘collective’ line-up featuring members of Chrome Hoof, Selfish C**t and more + support from side projects Atta and Stars of the Kings….MORE>

TARFALA TRIO : TWO-DAY RESIDENCY
(BARRY GUY / MATS GUSTAFSSON / RAYMOND STRID)
FRI 27 MAY ’11 • 8PM • £8 / £10 on the door
SAT 28 MAY ’11 • 8PM • £8 / £10 on the door

The Tarfala Trio pairs the extraordinary British bass player Barry Guy with two fiery swedes: Mats Gustafsson – “one of the world’s most innovative and exhilarating saxophonists” and Raymond Strid on drums/perc. They’ll be joined on the first night by Violinist Maya Homberger in duo with Barry Guy and on the second evening guitarist John Russell will perform in a trio with Gustafsson and Strid… MORE>

THE WORKSHOP SERIES
MON 30 MAY ’11 • 8PM • £5/£4 concs

Monthly concert of experimental improvised music with participants drawn from Eddie Prévost’s weekly workshop. This month’s musicians include Vasco Alves (AM/FM Keyboard 6), Sue Lynch (saxophone), Elo Masing (violin), Johan Nystrom (electronics), David O’Connor (saxophone) and Ricardo Tejero (saxophone)…MORE>

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