Cafe OTO in April

Orphy Robinson

Source: London’s Cafe OTO.

Saturday 1 April 2017, 11am
Kammer Klang:
Living Instruments: Exhibition

Saturday 1 April 2017, 7.30pm
Lux and Cafe Oto Present:
Luke Fowler & Richard Mcmaster – ‘the Mechanics of Dissonance’ + Mark Fell – ‘Volcano’

Sunday 2 April 2017, 6.30pm
Oto Project Space:
Nopa #1

Sunday 2 April 2017, 7.30pm
Marius Duboule and Zero Point (Marius Duboule / Daniel Carter / Michael Bates / Deric Dickens)

Monday 3 April 2017, 7.30pm
Simon Vincent – Stations of the Cross

Monday 3 April 2017, 8pm
Kammer Klang:
Living Instruments: Free Performance from Composer Open Call

Tuesday 4 April 2017, 7.30pm
Kammer Klang:
We Spoke Presents Living Instruments (Uk Premiere) + Explore Ensemble Performs Gerard Grisey, Fausto Romitelli

Friday 7 April 2017, 7.30pm
Les Filles DE Illighadad

Saturday 8 April 2017, 7.30pm
Customer Service Agent – Sam Kidel + Jamie Woodcock + Rkss

Sunday 9 April 2017, 7.30pm
Pancrace + Mark Harwood (DJ)

Monday 10 April 2017, 7.30pm

Tuesday 11 April 2017, 7.30pm
Midori Takada

Wednesday 12 April 2017, 7.30pm
Glorias Navales + Xu Shaoyang + Sholto Dobie

Thursday 13 April 2017, 7.30pm
Cath & Phil Tyler + London Sacred Harp + Essene

Friday 14 April 2017, 7.30pm
Louis Moholo Moholo Quintet + Nothing Here Is Perfect (Film Screening)

15–16 April 2017, 12–8pm
Oto Project Space:
‘Nothing Here Is Perfect’ – Film Screening

Saturday 15 April 2017, 7.30pm
Cafe Oto and Extra Normal Records Present:
Keir Neuringer & Matt Wright with Special Guest Evan Parker + DJ Lumpen Nobleman

Sunday 16 April 2017, 8pm
Bob Theil + Simon Finn

Monday 17 April 2017, 8pm
Rymden Presents:
Ved + Coldnose + DJ Daun

Tuesday 18 April 2017, 7.30pm
Moor Mother + Pat Thomas / Orphy Robinson (Duo)

19–20 April 2017
Zs – Two Day Residency + Horse Lords / Cloud Becomes your Hand (Thursday Only)

Friday 21 April 2017, 7.30pm
Cosmo Rhythmatic Showcase:
Simbiosi + Shapednoise + Franck Vigroux

Saturday 22 April 2017, 7.30pm
Mark Ernestus’ Ndagga Rhythm Force

Sunday 23 April 2017, 7.30pm
Alison Blunt / Veryan Weston / Hannah Marshall / Trevor Watts (Quartet)

24–25 April 2017
Fen – Two Day Residency

Wednesday 26 April 2017, 7.30pm
Fis & Rob Thorne + Kepla

Sunday 30 April 2017, 2pm
Ln Sisters (Lalitha Nandini) – Matinee Show

Jean-Luc Guionnet + Norbert Rodenkirchen, Robbie Lee, James Ilgenfritz Trio in Brooklyn, May 2nd

Source: Jean-Luc Guionnet + Norbert Rodenkirchen, Robbie Lee, James Ilgenfritz Trio.

Jean-Luc Guionnet + Norbert Rodenkirchen, Robbie Lee, James Ilgenfritz Trio

Jean-Luc Guionnets practice is subdivided into as many parts as occasions arise for him to think and act in sound and image. A Parisian artist active in several fields (music, visual arts, cinema), he has mostly worked in electro-acoustics but also has a career in free improvisation and field recording, playing alto saxophone, soprano saxophone, church organ, and piano. He studied musique concrète under Iannis Xenakis and tends to extract the tiniest details from sound, appreciating slowness and the obsessive exploration of simple processes. Music, for him, is a way to test reality. His organ performances are about encountering the machine, the mechanism of the organ. Imagining the organ halfway between a vehicle and artificial intelligence, he thinks of it as an organic device, every element of which can be made useful: it is at once a piano, a synthesizer, a drum, a mixing board, and a primitive computer with which he can drive, navigate, compute, conduct, mix, and auscultate. He seeks to incorporate the faults of any particular organ into his work, bringing them to resound with organic affect while keeping their raw qualities. Each organ is unique. For Guionnet, the project is to find out what makes it unique.

Norbert Rodenkirchen, Robbie Lee, and James Ilgenfritz make up an inventive trio that injects the sensibilities of improvised deep listening and new composition into medieval music idioms. With Rodenkirchen on medieval flutes, Lee on matching and unusual woodwinds, and Ilgenfritz on arco double bass, their music finds common ground between improv in the American grain, Eurocentric composition, and spectralism and its discontents. Microtones and harmonics interact with the timbral complexity of electronic music while maintaining a nuance of performance unique to wooden instruments.

Norbert Rodenkirchen is a famed German flutist and scholar, one of the few true modern pioneers of medieval instrumental music. Here he plays specially tuned medieval flutes built for him by several makers from around the world. He is a core member of the legendary early music ensemble Sequentia, and lives in Cologne. Robbie Lee is a New York based multi-instrumentalist, here focusing on the baroque flute, as well as folk clarinet and sopranino saxophone. In a wide variety of settings he has worked with the likes of Brian Chase, Jozef Van Wissem, Baby Dee, Cass McCombs, and Neil Hagerty. James Ilgenfritz’s unique approach to the bass, feautring intense arc bowing and altered tunings, has made him a pivotal figure both as performer and composer, leading to collaboration with Pauline Oliveros, John Zorn, JG Thirlwell, George Lewis, and more. His recordings include the opera The Ticket That Exploded, Hypercolor (Tzadik), and solo compositions of Anthony Braxton.