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Hi there

We’re very pleased to announce pre-orders for Pat Thomas’s ‘The Elephant Clock of Al Jazari’ on our in-house OTOROKU label.

Recorded live at OTO in May 2015 and mastered by Giuseppe Ielasi, the LP comprises four typically genre-defying and sonically dexterous pieces from one of the UK’s most extraordinary pianists.

Criminally unheralded, Pat is a fearless and uncompromising player who – despite coming from a background of free improvisation and new music – can feel as close to the worlds of noise and experimental music.

To celebrate the LP’s release, we’re delighted to present a four-day residency curated by Pat and featuring a host of collaborators old and new, including Okkyung Lee, Scatter, Drum & Bass Survival Unit and a very special string-heavy edition of Black Top – Pat’s long-running series with Orphy Robinson.

The LP is now available to pre-order and will ship around the middle of July. We’ve also added a special bundle deal with the LP and four-day pass to Pat’s residency. Full detail below.

All the best.

Cafe OTO

PAT THOMAS – THE ELEPHANT CLOCK OF AL JAZARI

PRE-ORDER LP – £15 (£13 members)

LP / RESIDENCY PASS BUNDLE
– £38 (£27 members)

Pre-orders taken now. Stock due early July.

Side A
A1 Elephant
A2 For Akl Haytham

Side B
B1 Lubb
B2 Done

“The title for this album was inspired by the incredible automatic water clock invented by Badi al Zaman Abu al Izz Ismail al Razzaz al Jazari. Al Jazari refers to the fact he was born in Al Jazira which lies between the Tigris and the Euphrates in what is now Northern Iraq. Badi al Zaman means prodigy of the age. He is known by historians of Technology as the Father of Modern Robotics. The Elephant Clock at seven metres high is a testament to his engineering genius, it utilizes Greek water raising technology, combined with an Indian elephant, Egyptian phoenix, Arabian figures, Persian carpet and Chinese Dragons celebrating the diversity of cultures in the world.” – Pat Thomas

PAT THOMAS – FOUR-DAY RESIDENCY

Pat’s performances range in approach and texture from fearsome cacophony that can sound like a piano having its guts ripped out, with Pat thumping discordant clusters of keys with his fists or rattling the exterior wooden frame; to delicately soothing passages where his fingers glide over the keys, creating microscopic tones and resonant melodies that can hold an entire sonic landscape. These four dates aim to showcase the breadth of this extraordinary vision.

– THU 27 JULY: SCATTER (PHIL MINTON / ROGER TURNER / DAVE TUCKER / PAT THOMAS) + PAT THOMAS – SOLO PIANO PLAYING DUKE ELLINGTON

– FRI 28 JULY: DRUM AND BASS SURVIVAL UNIT (CLEVELAND WATKISS / LAUREN KINSELLA / MARK SANDERS) + PAT THOMAS / STEVE BERESFORD (DUO)

– SAT 29 JULY: PAT THOMAS INTERVIEW + PAT THOMAS SOLO (MATINEE)

– SUN 30 JULY: BLACK TOP WITH STRINGS WITH (NEIL CHARLES / BENEDICT TAYLOR / TORI HANDSLEY / ALLISON BLUNT / MANDHIRA DE SARAM / HANNAH MARSHALL / IVOR KALLIN) + PAT THOMAS / OKKYUNG LEE (DUO)


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