At Cafe OTO

Amongst the shows over the next seven days, the London Improvisers Orchestra celebrate their 20th anniversary, bringing together a stellar line-up of local and international musicians and composer / conductors who have played with them over the past two decades for three days of workshops, open rehearsals and performances.

New shows announced this week include residencies for Eva-Maria Houben and the trio of Nicole Mitchell, Tomeka Reid and Alexander Hawkins, plus a very special seven-day celebration of Luc Ferrari.

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

Cafe OTO

WED 28 NOVEMBER
SPILL (TONY BUCK / MAGDA MAYAS) + MAGDA MAYAS (SOLO)

£10 adv (£8 members) /
£12 door

THU 29 NOVEMBER
KATZ MULK + MARY HURRELL + SLOW READING CLUB

£8 adv (£6 members) /
£10 door

FRI 30 NOVEMBER
STINE JANVIN JOH + RKSS + JOE BEEDLES

£8 adv (£6 members) /
£10 door

1–3 DECEMBER
THE TWENTIETH ANNIVERSARY LONDON IMPROVISERS ORCHESTRA

£various

SAT 1 DECEMBER
AMMAR 808 + HYPERSTITION DUO

£12 adv £10 members) /
£14 door

TUES 4 DECEMBER
KAMMER KLANG:
DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE PERFORM ELENA RYKOVA + KATHRYN WILLIAMS + JENNIFER WALSHE & TONY CONRAD

£7 adv (£6 members) /
£9 door

COMING UP:

– 5 DECEMBER: GOODIEPAL & PALS – RADICAL DIGITAL PAINTING
– 6+7 DECEMBER: ICP ORCHESTRA – TWO-DAY RESIDENCY
– 8 DECEMBER: 
MATANA ROBERTS / PAT THOMAS (DUO)
– 9 DECEMBER: 
OTO XMAS FAIR & PARTY W/ OTO DJ’S + OTO XXMAS CHOIR + PAT THOMAS
– 10 DECEMBER: 
VICTOR HERRERO
– 11 DECEMBER: LANGHAM RESEARCH CENTRE + HOWLROUND

JUST ADDED:

– 3 JANUARY: JOHN TILBURY (SOLO)
– 4 JANUARY: GERAUSCHHERSTELLER
– 17 JANUARY: FRAN & FLORA – ALBUM LAUNCH
– 6–7 FEBRUARY: EVA-MARIA HOUBEN – TWO DAY RESIDENCY W/ ÁINE O’DWYER & IRENE KURKA
– 7–14 FEBRUARY: STEREO SPASMS FESTIVAL CELEBRATES THE NINETIETH BIRTHDAY OF COMPOSER LUC FERRARI
– 20 FEBRUARY: 
EVAN PARKER / ALEXANDER HAWKINS – RIOT ENSEMBLE + ENEMY (KIT DOWNES / PETTER ELDH / JAMES MADDREN)
– 8–9 APRIL: NICOLE MITCHELL / ALEXANDER HAWKINS / TOMEKA REID TRIO – TWO-DAY RESIDENCY
– 11 APRIL – BABA YAGA’S HUT PRESENTS: MASAKI BATOH

DIGITAL RELEASES:

SLIP RECORDS

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

Our Slip digital catalogue grows this week with a clutch of Yeah You, Gwilly Edmondes, Odie, Otto, and Competition up ahead of the label’s ‘Militant Seed’ matinee with Gwilly Edmondes on Nov 25th. Starting at 1pm, Slip’s Laurie Tompkins will be in conversation with composer-performer Edmondes – a singular entity from South Wales’s legendary Radioactive Sparrow scene in late 1980s. His work is about immediate performance, collage, and improvisation, and he’ll be talking specifically about “the way person-to-person cataclysmics are manifest in Wild Pop and related precursors like Hip Hop and Jazz.” Get down if you can.

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.”

OTO RECOMMENDS:

COUNTERFLOWS FESTIVAL
4th, 5th, 6th & 7th April 2019
Various venues – Glasgow

Festival passes are now onsale: www.counterflows.com

Dakim (USA) / Mohammad Reza Mortazavi (Iran) / Ailie Ormston & Tim Fraser (SCO)  / MC Carol (Brazil) / Katz Mulk (UK) Myriam Van Imschoot & Doreen Kutzke (Germany/Belgium) / Nicole Mitchell, Tomeka Reid & Alexander Hawkins (Trio) (USA/UK)

From its foundation as an experimental music festival Counterflows has evolved, sharing space for diverse voices, radical ideas and community joy. Fighting the creeping isolationist agenda and loom of age-old hierarchies, our desire to work locally and internationally – to hold onto and mutually nurture everyone’s capacity to be deeply human, deeply connected and deeply alive – is stronger than ever.

Through live events, clubs, discussions, film screenings and hang-outs – woven through some of the best spaces in Glasgow – Counterflows aims to enact a human flow and provide an inclusive, fun space to engage with important marginal music.

OTO RECOMMENDS:

STILL HOUSE PLANTS
– LONG PLAY
 (LP)

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 OTO Projects UK Artists Residency 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.

OTO RECOMMENDS:

BJARNI GUNNARSSON – LUEUR (LP)

Lueur consists of four electroacoustic compositions; the product of unfolding and unpredictable generative processes, spread across 38 minutes. This is music that follows its own logic, challenging and confounding the expectations of the listener.

An exploration of process as much as tone and texture, Gunnarsson guides the record through a series of ever-changing movements, interweaving dense low passages and abrupt changes of atmosphere and sound.


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