Monday 19 March 2018, 7.30pm
Surrounded by handmade instruments, French folk singer, harpist, spinet and hurdy-gurdy player Emmanuelle Parrennin delivered an entrancing solo set to a winter crowd. Stripped of some of the more electronic, psychedelic tones that appeared on Maison Rose and Pérélandra, Parrennin creates an unearthly atmostphere with her vocals and a wired approach to instrumentation. Though in the past Parrennin has collected songs around rural France in a similar manner to the work carried out by Alan Lomax and Shirley Collins, this isn't simply revival folk; there's a tinge of a strange future to every song.
Emmanuelle Parrennin / vocals, harp, spinet, hurdy-gurdy
1. Le Rêve2. La Bar Mitsva3. Laisse Filer 4. Le Son De Ta Voix5. Le Secret 6. Entre Moi - Ce Matin à Frémontel 7. Hurdy Gurdy Drone ( improvisation )
Recorded live at Cafe OTO on Friday 3rd November 2017 by Shaun Crook. Mixed and mastered by James Dunn. Photo by Jonathan Crabb. Artwork by Oli Barratt.
Emmanuelle Parrennin - 3.11.17
Eclectic and unconventional improvisor/guitarist/banjo player Eugene Chadbourne returns to Cafe OTO for an evening of unaccompanied music and song. Doc Chad draws on a range of forms - from free jazz, country and blue grass and all out noise. His idiosyncratic and uncompromising approach to music has made him a living legend.
Eugene Chadbourne / electric guitar, banjo
1. Set I - 50:05
2. Set II - 01:00:39
Recorded live at Cafe OTO on Sunday 29th October 2017 by Shaun Crook. Mixed and mastered by James Dunn. Photos by Dawid Laskowski, and artwork by Oli Barratt.
Eugene Chadbourne - 29.10.17
An unplugged but very intense set from a hot and summery Wednesday afternoon, recorded in the basement of Sound 323 in London, 2001.
“Fell and Bailey goad each other into some of the most impassioned playing I've heard from either artist. The opening is explosive, with sonic shards and fragments flying across the sound stage, the two instruments at times indistinguishable in the sound mass. The later part of the track yields some respite, with arco bass and gentle atonal guitar lines - 'insect music' maybe - but the overall tenor is muscular and intense. The antagonists show no signs of flagging in their search for new instrumental sonorities - at one point I could have sworn there was a dog yelping in there." - Andy Hamilton THE WIRE
Derek Bailey / acoustic guitar
Simon H. Fell / double bass
1. Pre-Tea 1 - 14:072. Pre-Tea 2 - 12:313. Post-Tea 1 - 20:484. Post-Tea 2 - 12:57
Recorded by Tim Fletcher on 15th August, 2001 at Sound 323, London.
Derek Bailey & Simon H. Fell – The Complete 15th August 2001
Double Bass is the first solo album by Tom Wheatley.
Using traditional tools, an exceptional music is carved out; circumventing the received parameters of what the double bass should or can be.
The cover & labels host a selection of his schematic diagrams of the double bass, created in the development of some of the materials on this recording.
Recorded and mixed by James Johnston
Mastered by Peter Walsh
Tom Wheatley - Double Bass LP
Man Forever is a percussion ensemble founded by ONEIDA drummer John Colpitts. Equally versed in the disparate musical languages of DIY rock, improvisation, and contemporary classical, Colpitts created Man Forever to 'explore the outer limits of drum performance, to overwhelm, to investigate the nuances that bloom in the midst of repetitive music." Elaborate drum arrangements remain essential to Man Forever, augmented by voice and melody - and by Alexander Hawkins for this special OTO show.
"[Kid Millions] plays with a momentum and velocity that few can match and...a huge amount of soul." - The Quietus
Kid Millions (John Colpitts) / drums, vocals
Matt Evans / percussion, organ, vocals
Amy Garapic / percussion, vocals
Carson Moody / drums, vocal,
Brandon Lopez / bass
Alexander Hawkins / piano
Noah Hecht / additional percussion on "The Clear Realization"
Recorded live at Cafe OTO by Shaun Crook. Mixed by James Dunn. Mastered by James Dunn.
Continuous Infinite Present 1985
Photo: Jean-Pierre Maurer, Milan
Courtesy of the artist
Man Forever - 22.5.17
Eva-Maria Houben and tuba player / wandelweiser sound engineer Kümpen.
1. Improvisation 2:
Eva-Maria Houben / piano
Bileam Kümper / tuba
There are two sections: improvisation 2 a and 2 b.
2. Klein sein for piano
Eva-Maria Houben / piano
There are five movements (five tracks) to the whole release and the Klein sein appears between improvisation 2 a and 2 b.
Eva-Maria Houben & Bileam Kümper - Improvisation 2