From Cafe OTO online

This week we were glad to be able to return to running our mailorder shop and will be shipping freshly landed stock as normal come Monday. Thank you for bearing with us, we’re very glad to be back. If you ordered with us whilst we couldn’t get to the post then we should have processed your order this week and its on its way to you.

We’ve ordered a whole bunch of new and archival releases from some of our favourite labels including Trost, Tochnit Aleph, Treader and Souffle Continu, featuring artists like Peter BrotzmannLao DanEvan Parker, the Théâtre du Chêne Noir and xcrswx. Pre-orders are also up for a wave of new titles shipping in the fall from New York’s Blank Forms, including the mega 4LP box set of Graham Lambkin’s solo output. More titles continually added so check back.

Thanks for holding out,

Cafe OTO

New releases:

First time releases from emerging artists and labels: 

@XCRSWX – CALL TIME​/​HARD OUT (7″)

Blinding 7″ from OTO locals Seymour Wright and Crystabel Riley. Those who have caught @xcrswx live have seen the intensity at which the duo blast improvs cobwebs away. Utterly ripped drum patterns meet subs and sax for their first physical release. First release on new label from Conal Blake (Domestic Exile). Edition of 150.

VALENTINA MAGALETTI & JULIAN SARTORIUS – SULLA PELLE (LP)

Valentina Magaletti (Tomaga, Vanishing Twin) and Julian Sartorius maintain a dialogue of irregular tempos and off-kilter percussion on their first collaborative record titled Sulla Pelle out on Ali Safi’s Marionette Records.

LAO DAN – CHINESE MEDICINE (tape)

Solo set on tenor saxophone and Zheng, also known as the Chinese zither, played simultaneously by hands and feet. The recording was made in one go with no overdub or effect added. Released on cassette by new label run by Mabu Li, a friend of Lao Dan’s by way of Old Heaven in Shenzen, China.

Recommended reissues:

Previously out of print or uncovered from archives:

EVAN PARKER – MONOCEROS – (LP)

Evan Parker’s monumental LP of solo soprano saxophone improvisations, recorded direct-cut and issued by Incus in 1978. Lovingly reissued by Treader — the CD is from PSI — using the original stampers, in a gorgeous hand-assembled sleeve, with glossy front and matt back, flaps out. Unmissable.

FRED VAN HOVE, HAN BENNINK, PETER BRÖTZMANN, VARIOUS – FREE JAZZ UND KINDER (LP)

Reissue of the rare & infamous double 7“ originally published by FMP in 1973. Recordings from a workshop at Akademie der Künste, Berlin, April 1972, featuring 15 children (aged 8-11) and Peter Brötzmann, Fred van Hove, and Han Bennink.

ANIMA – IM LUNGAU (LP)

“As archaic as the instruments may seem (sand shovel, circular saw, hand-knitted crumhorn, sheet metal), as simple as the musical patterns and structures are, far from all virtuosity, the two have meanwhile found a complete harmony in making music together.”  –  Baldur Brockhoff,  Süddeutsche Zeitung

FULL BLAST – FAREWELL TONIC (LP)

Pre-order. Releases first week of July.

The recording of the last show ever in the legendary NYC club by Peter Brötzmann’s Full Blast powerhouse was previously only available in a limited run of semi-official CD bootlegs. Now remastered for vinyl by Martin Siewert. Screenprinted cover with a design by Brötzmann. Edition of 500 (hand-numbered).

LE THÉÂTRE DU CHÊNE NOIR – AURORA (LP)

Reissue of the the first album by non-conformist, eccentric, protesting theatre group Théâtre du Chêne Noir, published on Gérard Terronès Futura in 1971. Ambitious, dark, highly recommended.

PETER BRÖTZMANN – 14 LOVE POEMS (LP)

Inspired by a poetry booklet by Kenneth Patchen (from which it takes its title), this album focuses on expression and emotion. “A monument of post-free solo reeds playing and a stunning item in Peter Brötzmann’s discography, 14 Love Poems is arguably the German saxophonist and clarinetist’s strongest, most compelling solo statement.”

CHARLES CURTIS – PERFORMANCES & RECORDINGS 1998​-​2018 (CD)

The first comprehensive collection of recordings surveying the career of renowned, American cellist Charles Curtis. Selected by Curtis and Tashi Wada from recordings spanning the past two decades, the collection offers a broad, inclusive view of Curtis’s activities across the diverse worlds of music he inhabits, containing rare, unreleased recordings, and never-before-released music by Terry Jennings, Richard Maxfield, Éliane Radigue, Alison Knowles, and Curtis.

KUMIO KURACHI – SUPERMARKET CHITOSE (CD)

Hard to get hold of Kurachi CD – ‘Supermarket Chitose’ – bought from the artist. Huge work from 2007, building on the vast landscape of ‘I Heard The Ground Sing’. Each instrument is played and recorded by Kurachi, overdubbed and mastered by Taku Unami. Includes a remake of the “Tower” included on ‘Rumors Buffalo’. Multiple voices in a moving landscape, meeting, passing each other, and at one moment, coinciding as if by chance.

EVAN PARKER – SAXOPHONE SOLOS (CD)

Evan Parker’s 1st solo saxophone recording from 1975 with additional FMP recordings from the same year, extreme and amazing improvisations aptly titled “Aerobatics”. Recorded by Martin Davidson in 1975 at the Unity Theatre in London, at that time the preferred concert venue of the Musicans’ Co-operative. Further solo material for the original LP release was recorded by Jost Gebers in the FMP studio in Berlin later that year.

2020 SOLIDARITY PRINTS:

A dozen prints from different international artists available to buy on the OTO website until 13 July as part of Between Bridges’ 2020Solidarity project. All proceeds go towards helping OTO survive these extremely challenging times.

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AUCTION ITEMS:

You can still support us by buying items donated by artists, including a bespoke, one-minute animation made by Tajinder Dhami of Stanther’s Ink, an original print by David ShrigleyXpr Xpr’s historical hammer, a bundle of records and artists books donated by Room40, and artwork from O Yama O’s Marie Roux.

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