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Time Out says
Sat Jan 5 2013
This large, open space, which opened in 2008 and is tucked away down a side street behind Kingsland High Street, provides a fine home for a wide range of experimental music – including free improv – that exists well outside the mainstream. Operating as a relaxed, light and airy café during the day and a live music space in the evenings – pretty much seven days a week – it's supported by leftfield music mag The Wire, which also programmes many of the events. There's a strong emphasis on the more out-there of underground Japanese artists, but you can expect to encounter everything from Norwegian improv/free jazz/psych-rock power trio Bushmen's Revenge to a talk by minimalist composer Terry Riley.
What's on at Cafe Oto
Experimental and free improvisation, Folk
Cafe Oto host their Xmas shindig, here featuring vocal improv from Blanca Regina, Sharon Gal and Steve Beresford alongside music by Mundus Inversus, Mundus Inversus, Gregor Riddell & Rob Lewis andThe Conspirators of Pleasure.
Atmospheric and slightly psychedelic soundscapes from Grumbling Fur, featuring Alexander Tucker and Daniel O'Sullivan, formerly of Sunn0)))
Psych and garage rock
Robin Saville and Antony Ryan are a trans-European duo going on Krautrock-y excursions with a pop twist.
Post-classical, Experimental and free improvisation, Noise, drone and ambient
Pianist and revered John Cage interpreter Tilbury, a real master of compositional stillness, begins a series of winter concerts by tackling a piece by the great author and playwright Samuel Beckett.
Experimental and free improvisation
Musica Elettronica Viva have been leading lights of the free improv scene since the '60s and has featured the likes of Alvin Curran, Plantamura and Ivan Vandor. Formed in Rome, they have had an international, diasporic membership but have remained committed...
Categories, Jazz and experimental
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Supremely rare UK appearance by this legendary Afro-psychedelic crew who first formed in 1972 at Ohio's Antioch college, a radical cultural hotbed at the time. Saxophonist Idris Ackamoor, flautist Margo Simmons and bassist Kimathi Asante went on to work...