Cafe OTO in August

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From London’s Cafe OTO:

LAETITIA SADIER + ALAN LACROIX + ALEX MONK
Wednesday 3 August ’11
£6 advance / £7 on the door

With an immediately recognisable voice, Sadier is probably best known as the vocalist for Stereolab, but has also been part of Monade and has been working solo since Stereolab went on hiatus in 2009. She’s joined on the bill by guitarist/songwriter Alan Lacroix and the hypnotic compositions of Alex Monk.

JAZZ IS THE TEACHER, FUNK IS THE PREACHER #3: WOVEN ENTITY / PIPPO’S PROGRESS / DJ JEAN YOUNG
Friday 5 August ’11
£7 on the door

Jazz is the Teacher, Funk Is The Preacher are back for their third session with spiritual percussion trio Woven Entity, Pippo’s Progress bringing their psych/raga/metal and Jean Noel Young on the decks!

THE LONDON IMPROVISERS ORCHESTRA
Sunday 7 August ’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.

JOHN COXON / EVAN PARKER / MARK SANDERS / PAT THOMAS
Tuesday 9 August ’11
£7 (£5 concs) on the door only

The Coxon/Sanders/Thomas unit move from twisted synthesizer grooves and jagged electric guitar riffs to filigree gong patterns and plangent 12-string melodies to produce a gloriously life-affirming racket that’s spiky, dense and dripping with energy and ideas. The addition of Parker’s powerfully sinuous saxophone should galvanize the situation, adding a rich vein of unconventional melody and pushing the group into uncharted territories.

ACTIVE CROSSOVER 2011.04 OPENING EVENT: SCANNER / IRIS GARRELFS / LEE GAMBLE / SIMON WHETHAM
Wednesday 10 August ’11
FREE ENTRY

The opening event for Active Crossover 2011.04 an exhibition at the Soundfjord Gallery featuring performances from Scanner, Iris Garrelfs, Lee Gamble and Simon Whetham. They’ll work as pairs, with one beginning, playing a solo piece. the first is then joined by the second for a short collaborative ‘crossover’ session, and then the first artist ceases playing leaving the second to play their own solo set.

MIE MUSIC PRESENTS: TROUBLE BOOKS + OUTSHINE FAMILY + PETRELS
Sunday 14 August ’11
£6 advance / £7 on the door After spending a year up in Manchester putting on huge amount of eclectic shows from Group Doueh and the Rhys Chatham Guitar Trio to The Thing and Part Chimp, MIE Music has now moved back down to London to carry on the good work done up north. Their first show back is an evening of experimental ambient bliss featuring Trouble Books (who embark on a small UK tour after selling out a collabrative LP with Emeralds Guitarist, Mark McGuire), Outshine Family and Petrels – the solo project for Oliver Barrett of Bleeding Heart Narrative and nominee for The Liminal’s Uranus Music Prize for 2011.

SHABAKA HUTCHINGS / TONY MARSH / GUILLAUME VILTARD TRIO
Thursday 18 August ’11
£6 advance / £7 door

This great trio featuring one of London’s greatest drummers alongside two of the most exciting young players to emerge in recent years returns to OTO after a ripping set here in January with Terry Day and Sebastien Coste.

“Veteran free jazz drummer Marsh leads this improv trio that also feature excellently imaginative clarinettist/saxophonist Hutchings – better known as one third of dub-jazzers Z-U – plus London-based French double bassist Viltard.” – Time Out

SOUNDS FROM THE BRIGHTON UNDERGROUND: HEREHAREHERE, BAD ORB, HOBO SONN, BLOOD STEREO, BOLIDE SPLINTER GROUP
Saturday 20 August ’11
£6 advance / £7 on the door

A one night showcase of some of the main artists involved in Brighton’s closely knit post-Noise weirdo-improv scene including no-fi acappella rituals from Hereharehere, Bad Orb, Hobo Sonn, Dylan Nyoukis and Karen Constance’s Blood Stereo and massive blow-out from the Bolide Splinter Group – a one-off configuration with members drawn from all acts playing on the night.

SPINETV PRESENTS: STOLEN MOMENTS – NIGHTS-
Thursday 25 August ’11 • 7.30PM
FREE ENTRY

Join SpineTV for a night of music and film at Cafe OTO. With live Performances from Peter & Kerry, Charlene Soraia and screenings of Stolen Moments from Matt Stuart, Paul Fryer, Jorge Dela Garza, Nomoco & Build an Ark

SHOPPINGHOUR MAGAZINE PRESENTS:
HEJIRA / FLORIAN LUNAIRE / NAOMI KASHIWAGI
Friday 26 August ’11
£5 advance / £6 door

Shoppinghour Magazine– a magazine bringing art, philosophy, poetry and critical theory together in exposing the nuances of contemporary life and culture – proudly presents an evening of visually and sonically disruptive gramophone sounds, unexpected repetitive and percussive discordances, harmonies and locked grooves, smart and both musically and lyrically complex pop tunes, hooks and beats with passion and depth, apocalyptic yet hopeful psychedelic guitars, bisexual vocals and orchestral percussion that destroy sound.

SLOWFOOT RECORDS PRESENTS: CREWDSON + CRACKLE
Saturday 27 August ’11
£5 advance / £7 on the door

Slowfoot Records hosted night featuring south-east London producer Crewdson who’s recent debut album ‘Gravity’ has been drawing huge praise and murky experimental electro-jazz trio Crackle.

THE WORKSHOP SERIES
Monday 29 August ’11
£5/£4 concs

Monthly concert of experimental improvised music with participants drawn from Eddie Prévost‘s weekly workshop. This month’s musicians are: Sebastian Lexer (piano+), Norm Adams (cello), Eddie Prevost (percussion), Johan Nystrom (electronics), Hutch Demouilpied (trumpet) and David O’Connor (saxophone).

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