CHARLES GAYLE / BOBBY FEW QUARTET
WITH HARRY SWIFT & ICHIRO ONOE
Wednesday 1 June ’11
£10 advance / £12 on the door
Charles Gayle, saxophonist, pianist and genuine radical music performer returns to OTO after a rousing sold out performance with his trio in January for a quartet set with Albert Ayler associate Bobby Few (piano), Harry Swift (bass) and Ichiro Onoe (drums).
ÆTHENOR + ALEXANDER TUCKER
+ THEQUIETUS DJS
Thursday 2 June ’11
Æthenor is the international improvisational project of Stephen O’Malley (Sunn O))), KTL) Daniel O’Sullivan (Ulver) Kristoffer Rygg (Ulver, Arcturus) and Steve Noble (N.E.W., Company, etc) – a key member of the British Free Jazz Improvisation scene – An unlikely collective, Æthenor are a collision of players from various avant, improv, metal, and other threads who together make a unique and arresting sound.
THE LONDON IMPROVISERS ORCHESTRA
Sunday 5 June ’11
£6 / £4 concs
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….MORE>
OWINY SIGOMA BAND + MICHAEL KIWANUKA
Monday 6 June ’11
£8 advance / £10 on the door
The earthy grooves of the Owiny Sigoma Band make their UK live debut at Café Oto. This 7-piece group made up of Kenyan and London musicians bring their charming culture clash to Dalston. Their debut album out on Brownswood Recordings is a collection of dreamy afro-grooves bring together the traditional folkloric music of Kenya and the modern jazz vibes of London.
+ CAPILLARY ACTION + GEESE
Wednesday 8 June ’11
The Local presents Charles Hayward – best known as the pioneering drummer with This Heat and Camberwell Now – his current one-man show is an intoxicating mix of percussive attack, swirling electronics and lyrical fragment collage. He performs alongside Capillary Action – Led by composer/singer/guitarist Jonathan Pfeffer, Capillary Action’s music is typified by its frenetic pace, dense harmonies, broad dynamics, elastic rhythmic interplay, and confessional tone.
TRUTH IN THE ABSTRACT BLUES:
MIKE COOPER / FABRIZIO SPERA / ROBERTO BELLATALLA
Thursday 9 June ’11
£7 advance / £8 door
Deep blues, slide guitar, free improvised passages of ecstatic grooves; cross rhythms, clashing, overlapping, out of sync electronic loops and drones conjure a de-constructed, re-configured future blues – Charley Patton meets Albert Ayler, Stockhausen and Scelsi.
Listen to Mike Cooper playing acoustic guitar and singing his ‘Spirit Songs’at Cafe OTO in 2009 on the Free Music Archive:
JAZZ IS THE TEACHER, FUNK IS THE PREACHER #2:
WOVEN ENTITY + PIPPO’S PROGRESS
Friday 10 June ’11
£7 on the door After a resounding first success, Jazz is the Teacher, Funk Is The Preacher are back to introduce their second one off session with spiritual percussion trio Woven Entity, Pippo’s Progress bringing their psych/raga/metal and Jean Young on the decks!
+ MATHEW SAWYER & THE GHOSTS
Saturday 11 June ’11
£6 adv / £7 on the door
Fleeting, poignant and underpinned by incredible song writing, Ryan Driver is an unstoppable, quietly torrential flow of music. He plays guitar and sings, but while he’s recognised as an accomplished improviser he has also just made the greatest soul record of the decade.
TRIPTYCH: THE MUSIC OF ELIANE RADIGUE – LAUNCH EVENT
Monday 13 June ’11 • 7.30PM • FREE
Sound and Music’s Triptych festival is the first major retrospective of Eliane Radigue’s work to take place in the UK and one of the largest events ever dedicated solely to the work of this celebrated guru of drone and sonic minimalism.To celebrate the launch of the festival Emmanuel Holterbach will give a free talk on Eliane Radigue’s work.
DAMO SUZUKI + MANDOG
Wednesday 15 June ’11
£7 advance / £8 on the door
Can vocalist Damo Suzuki continues his neverending world tour with two Cafe OTO shows in the summer. This, the first of the two, pairs him with psychedelic guitarist Keiichi Miyashita’s MANDOG featuring drummer E-Da of Drum Eyes/Seefeel. Support comes from Bo Ningen operatives Sobameshi & Porno.
THE LAPPETITES + KAFFE MATTHEWS
Thursday 16 June ’11
£6 advance / £7 on the door
A night of new music inspired by survival. For their café Oto debut, Akama and Matthews will present, ‘Tokohu – wall, silence,’ a specially made work, with contribution from AGF and Radigue, that plays on and questions catastrophe, the planet, information and survival through the daily experiences of the players since the 3.11 tsunami.
MAT MANERI / LIAM NOBLE / MARK SANDERS
Saturday 25 June ’11
£6 advance / £7 on the door
Violin and viola player Mat Maneri is one of the most creative and original players in New York’s downtown scene, combining a classicist attention to the details of bowing and tone, an awareness of the microtonal possibilities beyond conventional notation and the spontaneous verve and creativity of a true improviser. This show sees him in a trans-Atlantic trio with the expansive piano of Liam Noble and the sensitive percussion of Mark Sanders.
Sunday 26 June ’11
£8 advance / £10 on the door
Momus is one of underground music’s most controversial and influential provocateurs. From his early days with the Happy Family in the 1980s through his digital troubadour incarnations of the 2000s, Nicholas Currie has lent his style to Pulp, Beck, the Divine Comedy, and others while remaining fiercely political and uncompromising in his artistic vision.
THE WORKSHOP SERIES
Monday 27 June ’11
Monthly concert of experimental improvised music with participants drawn from Eddie Prévost’s weekly workshop. This month’s will be an extended perofrmance by a large group made up of: Paul Abbott (percussion/electronics), Jamie Coleman (trumpet), Ute Kanngiesser (cello), Grundik Kasyansky (electronics), Ross Lambert (guitar), Sebastian Lexer (piano), Eddie Prevost (percussion), Guillaume Viltard (double bass) and Seymour Wright (alto saxophone).
SEB ROCHFORD / PAMELIA KURSTIN & SNORKEL
Thursday 30 June ’11
£6 advance / £8 on the door
New collaboration between drum alchemist Sebastian Rochford [Polar Bear, Acoustic Ladyland etc..] and Pamelia Kurstin, the woman described by Bob Moog as “one of the most important innovators of the Theremin living today.” This gig marks the release of their debut album on Slowfoot Records – ‘Ouch Evil Slow Hop’. The electro-aquatic-kraut-afro-funk-sonic-experimentation-unit known as Snorkel, who also have a new album out, support.
SUNBURNED HAND OF THE MAN
Friday 3 June ’11
£8 adv / £10 on the door
First UK concert in 3 years for this landmark group of the ‘New Weird America’. With anywhere from 3 to 13 members and wildy varying instrumentation their sound has taken in motorik space rock, percussion freak-outs and bizarre theatre – all delivered with a decidedly individual and free spirit.
GINO ROBAIR W/ ADAM BOHMAN, JOHN BUTCHER, GAIL BRAND, CHRIS BURN & JOHN EDWARDS
Saturday 4 June ’11
£6 adv / £7 on the door
San Francisco percussionist Gino Robair comes to OTO to present an evening of new music with five of London’s more adventurous instrumentalists: Adam Bohman (objects), Gail Brand (trombone), Chris Burn (piano), John Butcher (saxophones) and John Edwards (double bass).
Watch him performing a delightfully distorted and madcap solo set on youtube:
+ DAN HAYWOOD’S NEW HAWKS
Tuesday 7 June ’11
£6 adv / £8 on the door
Frank Fairfield sings soaring hillbilly stompers, arcane rambling songs and murder ballads, delivered in a reedy tenor backed by his dextrous and ragged fiddle, guitar and banjo arrangements. Still in his early twenties but steeped in the pre-War Americana of Mississippi John Hurt and Dock Boggs, he cut his teeth as a street performer in LA and has the raw intensity, passion and technique to make your hairs stand on end.
He’s joined by Dan Haywood’s New Hawks – a collection of songs, and also a band, whose epic scope marries transatlantic cosmic roots music with a deeply poetic English folk soul.
Friday 17 June 2011
£9 adv / £12 on the door
Cafe OTO and Tenniscoats go all the way back to our opening show here where Saya entranced our very first audience with a nervous, but moving solo performance which managed to trip our then ill-configured sound meter despite her gentleness.
Saya returned with Ueno in tow in 2009 and played a stunning pair of sold out dates including a mesmerising performance with Hiraki Sawa and Dale Berning adding wall-to-wall video projections, a bizarre cover of The Carpenter’s ‘Yesterday Once More’ interspersed with construction noise and a commanding presence that had everyone rapt.
We’re very excited to see them here again. Don’t miss this.
We’re pleased to extend our trumpet series with a two-day residency for the brilliant German trumpeter Axel Dörner.
Saturday 18 June 2011
with Angharad Davies (duo) + quartet with John Butcher, Steve Beresford & John Edwards
Sunday 19 June 2011
Duos with Mark Sanders & Phil Minton
Dörner is one of the most distinctive and versatile voices in European creative music, his playing distinguished by its great concentration and focus, perfect timing, sensitivity to group dynamics, and a textural range that seems to defy physical possibility, from solid sheets of white noise to impeccably articulated pure tones, massively elongated slurs to sharp percussive shocks.
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DRAM
Tuesday 21 JUNE ’11
£5 advance / £6 on the door
An evening of performances and film screenings to launch the double DVD set of films inspired by the irrepressible raw spirit of Paul Burwell – co-founder of the London Musician’s Collective and a staunch advocate of, and passionate participant in, all forms of experimental practice. Performers for the launch include Phil Minton and Terry Day, Sylvia Hallett, London Dirthole Company and Chris Gladwin.
DECOY (ALEXANDER HAWKINS / STEVE NOBLE / JOHN EDWARDS)
Wednesday 22 June ’11
£7 advance / £8 on the door
Decoy is the stunning organ trio featuring Alex Hawkins, John Edwards and Steve Noble. Hawkins – whose early training as a pipe organist encourages him to exploit the full potential of the Hammond Organ and Leslie speaker is joined by arguably one of the greatest rhythm sections in music who combine a gift for unstoppable rhythmic propulsion and beguiling sonic abstraction – from furious swing to metallic klang and slapped strings.
CIRCLE TRAPS + ROCKETNUMBERNINE + INCH-TIME
Tuesday 28 June ’11
£7 adv / £8 on the door
Mystery Plays Records presents a night of ecstatic jazz and future electronics. Circle Traps, who deftly combine jazz and future beats play in support of their new self-titled debut EP. Support from synth / drum duo Rocketnumbernine who will be performing fresh from their one-off live collaboration with Kieran Hebden (Four Tet) at the Mutek Festival. Inch-time returns to Café OTO to perform another lush set of electronic explorations.
WEASEL WALTER + ALEX WARD + JAMES SEDWARDS
Wednesday 29 June ’11
Composer/instrumentalist Weasel Walter has pursued his aesthetic of “speed, velocity, articulation and violence” through a dizzying array of methodologies and contexts, ranging from ultra-composed “brutal prog” to improvised collaborations with the likes of Henry Kaiser, Peter Evans, Mary Halvorson and Evan Parker. This concert brings together 3 musicians who share the desire to, in the words of Weasel Walter, “create intelligent, complex music that still offers the gut-wrenching stimulation of the hardest rock and roll forms”.