At Cafe OTO

Amongst the shows over the next seven days, we’re very proud to host distinguished composer-pianist Dave Burrell – a performing artist of singular stature on the international contemporary music scene. His dynamic compositions with blues and gospel roots recall the tradition of Jelly Roll Morton, James P. Johnson and Duke Ellington, as well as avant-garde composers Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane. His original style and his audaciuos approach to composition, deeply rooted in the African-American tradition but employing the widest musical and cultural inspirations, provide a unique reading of American music and history. Burrell is a musical poet who celebrates African-American culture and the restless and multifarious history of its integration.

10 new digital releases in the shop this week, including more from the Incus / Honest Jons reissue series and the first from Leo Records’ ‘Golden Years’ series. Started on the occasion of the label’s 20th anniversary, ‘Golden Years’ aimed to “remind music followers that the so-called New Jazz, Free Jazz, or New Music is at least fifty years old, and to document and preserve for posterity some of the golden moments of this movement. There is no doubt that some of the titles have historic significance.” Most of the titles in this batch were licensed from Greek label and festival ‘Praxis’ and includes music by Sun RaArt Ensemble of ChicagoJohn Tchicai, and The Ganelin Trio.

Full listings and all new shows below. We look forward to seeing you here.

Cafe OTO

WED 31 OCTOBER
ELI KESZLER (SOLO) + ELI KESZLER / JOHN BUTCHER (DUO)

£8 adv (£6 members) /
£10 door

THU 1 NOVEMBER
DAVE BURRELL

£18 adv (£16 members) /
£20 door

FRI 2 NOVEMBER
CHIK WHITE + UNCHS OF PLEASURE + PHIL MINTON / DYLAN NYOUKIS (DUO)

£8 adv (£6 members) /
£10 door

SAT 3 NOVEMBER
MUCKLE MOUTH AND CAFE OTO PRESENT:
SONOTANOTANPENZ + LE TON MITE + TAIGEN KAWABE

£8 adv (£6 members) /
£10 door

SUN 4 NOVEMBER
CAPRI-BATTERIE & STEWART LEE – MATINEE

SOLD OUT

SUN 4 NOVEMBER
BEVERLY GLENN-COPELAND W/ INDIGO RISING

SOLD OUT

MON 5 NOVEMBER
AVA MENDOZA / MAXIME PETIT / WILL GUTHRIE + AVA MENDOZA (SOLO)

£8 adv (£6 members) /
£10 door

TUES 6 NOVEMBER
KAMMER KLANG:
NEMANJA RADIVOJEVIC + ABSTRUCKT ENSEMBLE PERFORM ALVIN LUCIER + REBECCA GLOVER & ABSTRUCKT + ELAINE MITCHENER

£7 adv (£6 members) /
£9 door

WED 7 NOVEMBER
RAS_G & THE AFRIKAN SPACE PROGRAM FEAT MC KAHIL SADIQ + BLACK TOP (ORPHY ROBINSON / PAT THOMAS)

£10 adv (£8 members) /
£12 door

COMING UP:

– 8 NOVEMBER: PAUL DUNMALL QUINTET FEATURING HAMID DRAKE
– 8 NOVEMBER – 
OTO PROJECT SPACE: AMM ALL-STARS
– 9 NOVEMBER: SOURAKATA KOITE
– 10 NOVEMBER – TOTAL REFRESHMENT CENTRE & CAFE OTO PRESENT: BEN LAMAR GAY – MATINEE
– 10 NOVEMBER – BABA YAGA’S HUT PRESENTS: YONATAN GAT & THE EASTERN MEDICINE SINGERS + WOVEN SKULL & MESANGE
– 11 NOVEMBER: WAKEFUL – ANNE ROBINSON & LIMPE FUCHS – MATINEE
– 11 NOVEMBER: ALISON STATTON, STUART MOXHAM AND SPIKE
– 12 NOVEMBER: MAJUTSU NO NIWA + AOKI TOMOYUKI / HARUTAKA MOCHIZUKI
– 13 NOVEMBER: SUN FOOT + CRYSTABEL RILEY (SOLO) + RUSSELL WALKER (SOLO)

DIGITAL RELEASES:

LEO RECORDS /
INCUS RECORDS

£6 (£5 Venue Members) /
Digital Members: Download with credits

10 new ones in the shop this week, including more from the Incus / Honest Jons reissue series and the first from Leo Records’ ‘Golden Years’ series. Started on the occasion of the label’s 20th anniversary, ‘Golden Years’ aimed to “remind music followers that the so-called New Jazz, Free Jazz, or New Music is at least fifty years old, and to document and preserve for posterity some of the golden moments of this movement. There is no doubt that some of the titles have historic significance.” Most of the titles in this batch were licensed from Greek label and festival ‘Praxis’ and includes music by Sun RaArt Ensemble of ChicagoJohn Tchicai, and The Ganelin Trio.

Available as 320k MP3 / 24 bit FLAC

NEW ON OTOROKU:

EVAN PARKER –
THE SNAKE DECIDES

£15 / £13 members

One of the final Incus releases and one that was written up in The Penguin Guide to Jazz as ‘an essential document of modern music’. Otoroku is proud to release the first ever vinyl re-issue of Evan Parker’s legendary recording The Snake Decides. Featuring 4  solos recorded in 1986 in St. Paul’s Church, Oxford by the late Michael Gerzon. The Snake Decides is a groundbreaking example how far the language of a particular instrument can be taken.

From Brian Morton’s liner new notes:

“The Snake Decides attracts a certain array of adjectives – intense, radical, fearsome, hypnotic, virtuosic – and occasionally allows a more ambitious reviewer to avoid platitude by talking more specifically about 32nd harmonics, circular breathing, multiphonics and Gerson’s exact choice and placement of microphones. But this misses a point, too. Listening to this record, either for the first or the fortieth time, is an arousing experience.”

NEW IN THE SHOP

ANNE GUTHRIE AND SEYMOUR WRIGHT CHELSEA BRIDGE (CD)

KEIJI HAINO / HEATHER LEIGH / PETER BRÖTZMANN A2 SILKSCREENED POSTER

AISHA ORAZBAYEVA – TELEMANN FANTASIAS (CD)

BRIAN OLEWNICK – KEITH ROWE: THE ROOM EXTENDED (BOOK)

DAVID GRUBBBS – NOW THAT THE AUDIENCE IS ASSEMBLED (BOOK)

BLANK FORMS JOURNAL 2: MUSIC FROM THE WORLD TOMORROW (BOOK)

DEREK BAILEY AND ANTHONY BRAXTON – ROYAL (2LP)

DEREK BAILEY – SOLO GUITAR VOLUME 1 (2LP)

ANGUS CARLYLE – RECEPTION: THE RADIO-WORKS OF ROBERT RAUSCHENBERG AND JOHN CAGE (BOOK)

OTO RECOMMENDS:

STILL HOUSE PLANTS
– LONG PLAY

Combining visual strategies, free improvisation, UK garage and punk, Still House Plants build melodic hierarchies scaffolded around ambiguities and intimacy. Fresh from being selected for the Cafe OTO x Jerwood Foundation Artistic Development fund, and following two sold out tapes on Glasgow label GLARC, the trio’s debut LP ‘Long Play’ collects the group’s raw guitar-drum-vocal palette and stretches it to include violin, piano and intimate home recording. Ranging from seconds-long to seven:minute:somethings, the album coagulates to form a heady meld of rudimentary phrases, kinetic repetition and malleable samples. Experimental songwriting is rarely so forthcoming, emotive, or approachable.


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