Amongst the shows over the next seven days, it’s great to have the unique American outsider artist, Lonnie Holley back at OTO for a two night residency. Defiantly treading his own path for the past three decades and more, Holley draws on a joyously eclectic pool of influences to craft something captivatingly rare.
On Monday, we host one of the most important musicians of the Japanese underground/avant-garde, Otomo Yoshihide, in his first show here since 2013. He’ll be joined in a duo with the great Japanese drummer, Hiroshi Yamazaki – who has Kaoru Abe among his extensive list of past collaborators, and was also a member of Masayuki Takayanagi’s pioneering New Directions group.
All of this week’s listings and newly announced shows below.
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A delight to release the live set from experimental songwriters, Still House Plants. Obscured melodies and minimal song structures are suffused with light, off-kilter rhythms and chords, lolloping cymbals and lilting vocals. The trio are so relaxed with each other you might be drinking tinnies with them in their front room. Romantic without tripping into mushy.
From 1975 to 1979, London improvisers published the most innovative artists and musicians of their generation in the magazine Musics. Derek Bailey, Evan Parker, John Zorn, David Toop, John Russell, The Feminist Improvising Group, Bob Cobbing, ICP, Martin Davidson, Madelaine Davidson, Annabel Nicholson, Han Bennink, Eddie Prevost, David Cunningham, Steve Beresford among many, many, many others were contributors. After forty years these journals are available in a complete facsimile bound edition.
Introduction: Steve Beresford / Foreword: David Toop