Cafe OTO in December

English: Chris Cutler with the Peter Blegvad T...
English: Chris Cutler with the Peter Blegvad Trio performing at a Rock in Opposition Festival in Southern France in April 2007 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From London’s Cafe OTO:

MARISA ANDERSON
SUN 2 DEC ’12 • 8PM • £7 adv / £8 on the door

Solo concert for Portland, Oregon’s Marisa Anderson. ‘Her approach to playing her instrument hovers somewhere between extreme confidence and a kind of poetic tentativeness, coupled with an eager sense of the microtonal exploits you can uncover when a slide meets six strings. Her melodic sense is rustic, earthen, and deep, as though she has been playing these tunes for the better part of her life, but The Golden Hour really takes off when she combines this knowledge with a rambling, almost aleatory zeal for experimentation, most powerfully heard on the strung-out lights of “Electricity”, or the buzzing swarms of feedback that descend upon “Nebulae”.” Jon Dale’…..

IAN HELLIWELL PRESENTS: EXPERIMENTAL AMATEURS
MON 3 DEC ’12 • 8PM • £4 adv / £5 on the door

A programme of rarely seen shorts curated by Ian Helliwell, highlighting grass roots, self-funded and autonomous experiments with image and sound. Ranging from the 1950s to the 21st century, the selection includes a hand drawn soundtrack by Stuart Wynn Jones, a time lapse car journey from FC Judd, amateur electronic music by Ralph Broome from 1960, and direct animation film by students at Phoenix Brighton, on the Super 8 for Beginners workshops……

AND UNDER THAT / STEVIE JONES & JER REID / MUSCLES OF JOY
TUES 4 DEC ’12 • 8PM • £7 / £8 on the door

LUX presents the London premiere of Anne-Marie Copestake’s new Margaret Tait Award film commission, And Under That with a live soundtrack by Stevie Jones and Jer Reid followed by a set by Glasgow’s Muscles of Joy, an all-female vocal-led septet of which Copestake is a member……

CHRIS CORSANO / CLAYTON THOMAS / ALEX WARD
WED 5 DEC ’12 • 8PM • £8 adv / £10 on the door

Exciting new trans-continental trio with hyperkinetic percussionist Chris Corsano – a charismatic virtuoso and one of the most noble and generous improvisers of the few last decades; Clayton Thomas – a bass player who has taken Europe by storm since he moved from Sydney to Berlin in 2007 and Alex Ward, who’s intensely concentrated clarinet playing draws deep on his own immersion in free improvisation and reference the whole history of his instrument, invoking everything from the experimental extensions of John Zorn and Anthony Braxton to the prehistoric pipes of frenzied bacchic ritual. He’ll also being weighing in with some loud, skronking guitar as seen in his groups N.E.W. and Dead Days Beyond Help…

THE WIRE SALON: CRYSTAL VOYAGERS: A JOURNEY THROUGH THE NEW AGE
THURS 6 DEC ’12 • 8PM • £4 on the door

Author and Strange Attractor founder Mark Pilkington presents an illustrated history of the key themes, ideas and influences that have shaped New Age music, from George Gurdjieff to James Ferraro, AR Orage to Genesis P Orridge. ……

PIMMEL
SUN 9 DEC ’12 • 8PM • £7 adv / £8 on the door

Pimmel was formed in 2008 by Andy Saunders and Lewes Arts Lab to explore the sonic power of massed fuzz organs. Multiple vintage organs with attached distortion pedals are accompanied by Fender Rhodes, Stylophones, bass and Chris Cutler on drums. The music occupies a unique territory somewhere between drone minimalism and cosmic jazz…..

JOHN TILBURY PLAYS MORTON FELDMAN
TUES 11 DEC ’12 • 8PM • £10 adv / £12 on the door

John Tilbury would jokingly refer to our long-serving, slightly battered Dannemann baby grand as ‘that piano shaped box’ and it was in part due to his ongoing encouragement that we took delivery of an ex-rental Yamaha C3 grand piano at the beginning of September this year. We were able to get a great deal from Markson’s Pianos to make this possible. Still, a piano like that doesn’t come cheap and we will need to pay it off over the next two years. To that end, John has kindly agreed to perform a very special programme of Morton Feldman’s early piano works in honour of the new instrument and to raise funds to put towards those repayments. 100% of all ticket sales tonight go to that……

L A N D + ROBERTO CRIPPA
THURS 13 DEC ’12 • 8PM • £5 adv / £6 on the door

L A N D are Daniel Lea and Matthew Waters, a London based duo who have just released their debut album, Night Within on US label, Important Records. Featuring guest contributions from David Sylvian, Ben Frost, Daniel O’Sullivan and Duke Garwood, the album is a vast collision of sound, from free brass and woodwind to “geometric” bowed cymbals and metallic percussionn. For this rare live show, the album will be performed in its entirety for the first time with a full ensemble including electric guitars, saxophones, clarinets, cello and drums. There will also be a befitting set of abstract photographic visuals accompanying each track, shot and directed especially for tonight’s show by Will Davidson, to provide a fully immersive experience. Support comes from Italian sound artist, Roberto Crippa on live improvised electronics…….

HIBERNATE PRESENTS ‘A WINTER’S GIFT’ WITH LOWERED AND SPECIAL GUESTS: CLEM LEEK, ITHACA TRIO AND ED HAMILTON.
SAT 15 DEC ’12 • 8PM • £10 adv / £12 on the door

Hibernate presents A Winter’s Gift with Lowered – the duo of Chris Gowers (Karina ESP) and Katie English (Isnaj Dui) – who create minimal compositions of long-form cello drones and sparse piano over dark swells of sound and grainy field recordings. They’re joined by special guests Clem Leek, Ithaca Trio and Ed Hamilton. Tickets include a free and exclusive compilation album!….

VERYAN WESTON / TREVOR WATTS / JOHN EDWARDS / MARK SANDERS
SUN 16 DEC ’12 • 8PM • £7 adv / £8 on the door

Concert pairing the long running duo of pianist Veryan Weston and saxophonist Trevor Watts with the dynamic rhythm section of John Edwards on double bass and Mark Sanders on drums and percussion for a new quartet where all possibilities are open…….

GOOD DAY TODAY BOOK LAUNCH: DANIEL NEOFETOU ON DAVID LYNCH + LUKE DEAN & TH11D
MON 17 DEC ’12 • 8PM • £4 on the door

Good Day Today is a new book by Daniel Neofetou about the films of David Lynch and how they pose a radical challenge to conservative and absolutist ideologies. In the book, Neofetou argues that – by utilising the tropes of the Hollywood movie, but subverting their accepted meanings and combining them with techniques from experimental film praxis – Lynch’s works might engender a mindset which resists prescribed meanings and blind consensus with the dominant discourse. The book launch will feature a talk by Daniel Neofetou, followed by a Q&A and performances from Luke Dean & TH11d..

KONK PACK
TUES 18 DEC ’12 • 8PM • £8 / £10 on the door

KONK PACK brings together three major figures in contemporary music – Tim Hodgkinson, Thomas Lehn and Roger Turner. This is their first UK tour for six years. The group has amazed audiences at festivals and concerts all over the world with the sheer energy of its rapid fire interplay, earning numerous critical accolades. This is a band that stretches free improvisation, opening out an architecture in which shifting space and detail of sound can volcanically explode into zones of accelerated high volume electronica & sonic detritus…..