A truly international and eclectic mix of shows this week to help dispel the post-bank holiday blues.
Thursday we are very excited to host a debut OTO show from Mauritanian griot Noura Mint Seymali – a nationally beloved star and one of Mauritania’s foremost musical emissaries. Reared in this transitive culture where sounds from across the Sahara, the Magreb, and West Africa coalesce, Noura Mint Seymali currently drives the legacy forward as one of Mauritania’s most adventurous young artists.
On Friday we have a return to OTO for the one and only Vibracathedral Orchestra, following two incendiary shows here in 2014. Vibracathedral Orchestra are the totemic ensemble of contemporary British outsider music. Their chimerical DNA spans from beatific Labour-club raga to full-on face-flaying West Riding Kraut-out.
Full listings for the week and all newly confirmed shows below.
All four of these musicians have spent hours of their lives playing together in various groupings in public and private. It contains in it many overlapping histories and connections of other groups past and present. This will be the first public performance of this quartet.
Very excited to host a debut OTO show from Mauritanian griot Noura Mint Seymali – a nationally beloved star and one of Mauritania’s foremost musical emissaries.
“Coming from a musical lineage stretching back more than ten generations of griots, the music on Mauritanian singer Noura Mint Seymali’s Tzenni sets forth simply to rock. And it does so in a full blown sandstorm of hypnotic grooves, melding traditional Mauritanian instruments, like the ardine and tidinite, within an electrified psychedelic rock band.” – The Quietus
Return to OTO for the one and only Vibracathedral Orchestra, following two incendiary shows here in 2014. Vibracathedral Orchestra are the totemic ensemble of contemporary British outsider music. Their chimerical DNA spans from beatific Labour-club raga to full-on face-flaying West Riding Kraut-out.
A welcome return to OTO for one of England’s foremost outsider song stylists, Michael Chapman, performing two sets. A self-styled old white blues guy from Yorkshire and one of the most under-rated heroes of our time. Chapman’s uniquely English melancholic perspective and emotive guitar style first won him the admiration of John Peel and then more recently kindred spirits Jack Rose and No Neck Blues Band.
Enigmatic Japanese sound artist Tetsuya Umeda returns to London for a further exploration of rewired electricity, unpredictable sound and atmospheric transformation, following three incredible performances in 2013 in conjunction with the South London Gallery. Also on the bill are Tim Shaw and Sébastien Piquemal, who explore mobile technology as a medium for sound diffusion. Audience members can join in by simply connecting to a specific website with their mobile phone, laptop or tablet.
Alexander Hawkins is a pianist ‘unlike anything else in modern creative music’. His work as a bandleader has been called ‘some of the most vividly distinctive in modern jazz’, whilst he also frequently appears alongside the likes of Louis Moholo-Moholo, Mulatu Astatke, Joe McPhee, Evan Parker. His Trio with Neil and Tom has been running for many years, and in April they launch their new album, out on Hawkins own Alexander Hawkins Music label.
Kammer Klang presents works Exaudi Ensemble singing works by La Monte Youngand Terry Riley, and Cevdet Erek performing and installing his own work. Founded by James Weeks (director) and Juliet Fraser (soprano), EXAUDI is based in London and draws its singers from among the UK’s brightest vocal talents.
A documentary film about “lo-fi legend” R Stevie Moore: the cult outsider who’s recorded over 400 albums and is still waiting for recognition. Cool Daddio is a project developed, directed and produced by Imogen Putler and Monika Baran – originally instigated after Moore’s show at Cafe OTO in May 2014.
Funding for completion of the film is currently being raised through Kickstarter.
Ben Pritchard’s debut solo album A Drawn Out Line settles at a fragile point between song and experiment; at once destructive and delicate. Using prepared acoustic guitar, percussion and voice he has created a series of very personal, somewhat haunted, vignettes.