Amongst the shows at OTO over the next seven days, we’re hugely excited to present proud to present Stereo Spasms Festival – celebrating the 90th birthday of composer Luc Ferrari, with his original compositions interpreted by contemporary composers for an 8-day program of live concerts, talks, films, readings, installations, exhibitions and the launch of the English translations of his Complete Works.
Affiliated with French Radio’s Groupe de Musique de Concrète in 1958, Luc Ferrari (1929-2005) broke away to pave his own path of individualistic expressions of minimalist music, audio plays, musical theatre, soundtracks and installations. His groundbreaking works such as Presque Rien (1967-70) rebelled against the rigid institutions of his day and scandalized the French musical establishment. In 1982 Ferrari opened the electro acoustic studio La Muse en Circuit where he continued to compose unique award-winning soundscapes, absorbing such disparate influences as serialism and musique concrète. Luc Ferrari’s works resisted categorization during his lifetime and they continue
This week’s digital release is a recording of Irreversible Entanglements‘ remarkable UK debut, with Pat Thomas joining on piano for the second half of their firey 83 minute set. Comparisons of Irreversible Entanglements to Amiri Baraka and the New York Art Quintet ring true – free improvisation burns hot under Ayewa’s searing poetic narrations of Black trauma, survival and power – words drawn from her own ‘Fetish Bones’, ‘3D Bones’ and ‘Out of Order Punk’.
Full listings and all new shows below. We look forward to seeing you here.