Source: I Care If You Listen.
For over 20 years, Café Oto, founded by the British-Japanese couple Hamish Dunbar and Keiko Yamamoto, has been an essential home for experimental contemporary music of all genres. Established names tend to bring their passion projects to Oto: on 23 June 2021, I had the privilege of being in the small audience for the vocalist and movement artist Elaine Mitchener’s spellbinding programme, which ranged from Fluxus text pieces to physical performance. While there is no such thing as a typical Oto programme, diversity has always been their watchword, and the event on 30 June showcased four women from a wide range of creative backgrounds. Amplified voices were the only common thread.