Cafe OTO in June

From London’s Cafe OTO:

ELECTRONIC VOICE PHENOMENA // NEW LANGUAGE MEDIUMS
THURS 31 MAY ’12 • 8PM • £5 advance / £7 on the door

Performance event showcasing 4 innovative commissions in voice, glitch and noise as part of an exploration of a new poetic. featuring Anat Ben David, Steven Fowler and Ben Morris, Ross Sutherland, and Nathan Jones…..

JULIA HOLTER + CHRIS VOTEK + COREY FOGEL
FRI 1 JUNE ’12 • 8PM • SOLD OUT

NB: This concert is SOLD OUT. There will be no tickets available on the door.

Field Day and Eat Your Own Ears present an intimate concert at Cafe OTO for Julia Holter ahead of her appearance at Field Day the following day. Julia’s second album, Ekstasis, is a collection of songs written across the span of three years in Los Angeles, California and stems from a mythological reverence of that which is incomprehensibly beautiful…..MORE>

OTO BAR • SAT 2 JUN ’12 • FREE ENTRY

Come on in and enjoy an OTO Ale or something else from the bar. We stock organic juices, Devon cider, wines, Japanese snacks, Sake, Shochu, Plum Wine, and Japanese Whisky plus beers from Pitfield, and The Kernel’s Porter, Pale Ale and IPA.

THE LONDON IMPROVISERS ORCHESTRA
SUN 3 JUN ’12 • 8PM • £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>

OTO BAR • MON 4 JUN ’12 • FREE ENTRY

Come on in and enjoy an OTO Ale or something else from the bar. We stock organic juices, Devon cider, wines, Japanese snacks, Sake, Shochu, Plum Wine, and Japanese Whisky plus beers from Pitfield, and The Kernel’s Porter, Pale Ale and IPA.

STEVE NOBLE / ALEX WARD / OREN MARSHALL
TUES 5 JUNE ’12 • 8PM • £6 advance / £7 on the door

Different solo/duo and then trio configurations with Steve Noble super-precise, ultra-propulsive and hyper-detailed drumming, Alex Ward’s heady leaps of logic and frenzied bacchic ritual on Clarinet and the ever inventive Oren Marshall on Tuba….MORE>

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BLACK TOP #3 // ORPHY ROBINSON, PAT THOMAS WITH SPECIAL GUEST: CLEVELAND WATKISS
WED 6 JUNE ’12 • 8PM • £6 adv / £7 on the door

The ad hoc ‘Black Top’ series is dedicated to exploring the intersection of live instruments and technology such as the looping and sampling used in dub, reggae and other worldly noises. The Black Top project will use improvisation to explore these black influences but not necessarily from an African American perspective. This is the third show in the new series and will feature special guest Cleveland Watkiss, the “Sonny Rollins of the human voice” (Time Out) alongside series founders Pat Thomas and Orphy Robinson……

OTO BAR + DJ: Howard Williams (Ethbo/Honest Jons) + Ichikawa Hibiki (live)
THURS 7 JUN ’12 • 7PM (ish) • FREE ENTRY

Free evening of Japanese music with Ethbo label boss Howard Williams digging deep into his collection of Japanese psych, folk, weird pop and traditional music. The night will also have two live music interludes with Tsugaru shamisen player Ichikawa Hibiki. A nice excuse to sample our selection of Japanese snacks, Sake, Shochu, Plum Wine, and Japanese Whisky, too!

OTO BAR • FRI 8 JUN ’12 • FREE ENTRY

Come on in and enjoy an OTO Ale or something else from the bar. We stock organic juices, Devon cider, wines, Japanese snacks, Sake, Shochu, Plum Wine, and Japanese Whisky plus beers from Pitfield, and The Kernel’s Porter, Pale Ale and IPA.

IDEOLOGIC ORGAN #2 // PHURPA + COLIN POTTER + SLOMO
SAT 9 JUNE ’12 • 8PM • £12 adv / £14 on the door

For the first event in Stephen O’Malley’s Ideologic Organ series at Cafe OTO Elodie played the quietest set we’ve ever hosted as the snow fell outside and Eyvind Kang & Jessika Kenney took us on a trip through the resonant possibilities of ancient harmony. Properly magical!

The second concert in the series promises something very special, too. This time we’re bringing over Phurpa from Russia to present their own slowed-down, extra-heavy take on the rgyud-skad tradition of Tantric overtone chanting alongside a rare solo performance by Colin Potter of Nurse with Wound and the bass heavy organ pedal/synth/guitar drone of Slomo (Chris McGrail / Howard Marsden)……MORE>

MARTIN KÜCHEN / STEVE BERESFORD / STÅLE LIAVIK SOLBERG

SUN 10 JUNE ’12 • 8PM • £6 adv / £7 on the door

Scandanavian Sax/Drums pairing of Martin Küchen and Ståle Liavik Solberg with the renegade multi-instrumentalist-master-improvisor Steve Beresford……MORE>

JENNIFER ALLUM, MARJOLAINE CHARBIN, UTE KANNGIESSER, EDDIE PREVOST

MON 11 JUNE ’12 • 8PM • £6 adv / £7 on the door

In April 2011 Eddie Prévost and Jennifer Allum released Penumbrae on Matchless Recordings. Penumbrae ‘interrogates, employs and deploys a common system – the bow and its range of purchase’. Eddie Prévost is the percussionist who co-founded the seminal improvising music ensemble AMM in the 1960s. Jennifer Allum is a London-based violinist who focusses almost exclusively on improvised and experimental music. For this concert they will come together as part of a quartet with cellist Ute Kanngiesser and French pianist Marjolaine Charbin……MORE>

THE WIRE SALON: NO REGRETS: THE ENIGMA OF SCOTT WALKER

TUES 12 JUN ’12 • 8PM • £4 on the door only

A talk and panel discussion based on No Regrets: Writings On Scott Walker, a new collection of essays on the music, life and cultural importance of one of the most mercurial and enigmatic figures in contemporary music…..MORE>

ANNE JAMES CHATON & ANDY MOOR + JACKDAW WITH CROWBAR
WED 13 JUNE ’12 • 8PM • £7 adv / £8 on the door

Invigorating sounclash between Chaton’s poetry fragments and destinctive, deadpan delivery and depth charge electronics and Andy Moor’s radical guitar work. Their duo set will be followed by Jackdaw with Crowbar – the long running multi-media ensemble from Leamington Spa combining film projections with a scratchy punk jazz stomp……MORE>

DUANE PITRE PRESENTS ‘FEEL FREE’ + THESE FEATHERS HAVE PLUMES

THURS 14 JUNE ’12 • 8PM • £8 adv / £10 on the door

An evening of infinitely variable harmonic and melodic recombination with American composer Duane Pitre presenting a sextet performance of ‘Feel Free’ with players drawn from London’s vibrant free improvisation community and fellow composer/performers James Blackshaw, Oliver Barrett and Jesse Sparhawk. The evening will open with a set from These Feathers Have Plumes who forges resonating strings and glass and into a soundscape of exacting stillness……MORE>

SHOEB AHMAD + LEVERTON FOX + FLIGHTS OF HELIOS

SAT 16 JUNE ’12 • 8PM • £7 advance / £8 on the door

Mystery Plays Records presents the debut UK performance from Australian electronics and guitar pop experimentalist Shoeb Ahmad to celebrate the launch of his new album “Watch/Illuminate”. Ably supported by electronic-jazz-improv trio Leverton Fox who also launch their new album “The Human Arm”, plus space rock excursions from Oxford ensemble Flights of Helios…..MORE>

NINNI MORGIA & SILVIA KASTEL + TEMPERATURES + BOLIDE

SUN 17 JUNE ’12 • 8PM • £6 advance / £7 on the door

Outer limits free improvisation, ecstatic free rock moves and psychedelic excess from this triple header of sympatico sound units – Brighton electro-acoustic sextet Bolide, the radical collapse and rhythmic propulsion of London’s Temperatures and the deeply psychedelic guitar/vox NY-via-Italy combo on Ninni Morgia and Silvia Kastel…..MORE>

MASAKI BATOH – BRAIN PULSE MUSIC

TUES 19 JUNE ’12 • 8PM • £10 adv / £12 on the door

Maskai Batoh – perhaps best known as the singer and guitarist for legendary Japanese psych folk ensemble GHOST – presents a live performance of his Brain Pulse Music in Octaphonic sound… BRAIN PULSE MUSIC is the result of years of research into the bioelectric functions of the human brain combined with the traumatic aftermath of Japan’s Great East Earthquake. …..MORE>

DJ SNIFF / EVAN PARKER / JOEL RYAN / ADAM LINSON

WED 20 JUN ’12 • 8PM • £7 adv / £8 on the door

Solo and collaborative sets from experimental turntablist DJ Sniff (Takuro Lippit) with Evan Parker (saxophones), Joel Ryan (Electronics) and Adam Linson (Bass, Electronics)…….MORE>

HANS-JOACHIM ROEDELIUS

THURS 21 JUN ’12 • 8PM • £9.50 advance

Bird on The Wire presents a London concert for German experimental, ambient and electronic musician Hans-Joachim Roedelius – best known as a co-founder of the krautrock groups Cluster and Harmonia…..MORE>

UPSET THE RHYTHM PRESENTS: XXL (XIU XIU / LARSEN)

FRI 22 JUNE ’12 • 8PM • £10 advance

XIU XIU / LARSEN, also known as XXL, is a billowing collaborative project formed by American avant-pop band XIU XIU and Italian experimentalists LARSEN. Xiu Xiu and Larsen, each aware and vaguely admiring of the other, met at a Jarboe show, exchanged records, vowed to stay in touch, and become so mutually enthralled that they record an album together. They met up in Torino without much of a plan and immerse themselves in the studio with trad rock instruments plus a bunch of theremins and glockenspiels. They jam intensely around sketched-out song structures and sequence the most realized bits as an album, an ephemeral and fractured thing that mirrors its mode of creation. Since then, XXL have released two albums on Important Records, called “¡Ciaütistico!”, “¿Spicchiology?”, whilst July see Tin Angel release the group’s third album “Düde…..MORE>

CLANG SAYNE + BLUE-EYED HAWK + LAURA HYLAND/LAUREN KINSELLA DUO

SUN 24 JUN ’12 • 8PM • £6 adv / £7 on the door

Irish musicians/composers, Laura Hyland (Clang Sayne) and Lauren Kinsella (Blue-Eyed-Hawk) bring their respective projects to Cafe Oto, as well as making their debut performance as a duo…….MORE>

THE WORKSHOP SERIES

MON 25 JUNE ’12 • 8PM • £5/£4 concs

June’s concert of experimental improvised music drawn from participants of Eddie Prévost’s weekly workshop. This month’s musicians are Anat Ben-David (voice, electronics, objects), Philip Clark (piano), Sue Lynch (saxophone), Andre Pinto (saxophone, objects), Romuald Wadych (guitar, objects) and Tim Yates (objects)…MORE>

THOMAS LEHN : TWO DAY RESIDENCY
TUES 26 JUNE ’12 • 8PM • £7 advance / £8 on the door
with Tim Hodgkinson, Hannah Marshall, Philipp Wachsmann

WED 27 JUNE ’12 • 8PM • £7 advance / £8 on the door
with John Butcher, Roger Turner

Two day residency with EMS synthi maestro Thomas Lehn joined a ‘string’ trio the first night featuring Tim Hodgkinson on lapsteel guitar/clarinet, Hannah Marshall on cello and Philipp Wachsmann on violin/electronics and on the second night by saxophonist John Butcher and percussionist Roger Turner……MORE>

ZAIMPH + ASTRAL SOCIAL CLUB + DALE CORNISH

THURS 28 JUN ’12 • 8PM • £7 advance / £8 on the door

Zaimph is the solo project of ambient noise artist Marcia Bassett. Although legendary for white-hot guitar and vocal brutality, Zaimph’s recent recordings and performances infuse cracked-raga song structures with dense electronic and synthesiser drones to create soundscapes where a lurking apocalypse is eclipsed by shimmering, meditative beauty. She’ll perform alongside Neil Campbell’s Astral Social Club – a potent trip of shattered technoid psychedelia…..MORE>

WOODEN WAND + DUKE GARWOOD + DEAD RAT ORCHESTRA

FRI 29 JUN ’12 • 8PM • £8 advance / £9 on the door

James Jackson Toth, known to the world as Wooden Wand, is a maverick, good-hearted troubadour whose blend of smoky Americana has been garnering plaudits for the last decade. Unafraid to mix psychedelic workouts with sweet and soulful country, his varied and prolific output has resulted in a wealth of lyrically rich songs; the kind whose lines stick in your head for a lifetimes. With almost 30 albums to his name, for labels like Ecstatic Peace, Young God, Blackest Rainbow and most recently Fire, Wooden Wand is a remarkable and individual talent….MORE>