Thursday 29 September 2016, 8pm
“Gripping, detailed, stately improvisation — a bit like the ùrlars in classical bagpipe music — which nervily mixes the sternly doom-laden with precarious, other-worldly wonderment.” – Honest Jon's
Debut OTO show for Accident Du Travail – the duo of Julie Normal and Olivier Demeaux, who make brooding and engrossing use of the harmonium as well as the rare and widely sought-after ondes martenot.
“The two instruments are played through each other rather than against – the relationship is remarkably unhierarchical, and the pieces are immersive, fine-grained and meditative. Drawn out modulations between higher and lower registers produce tidal oscillations from reedy white noise, sibilant with overtone, to passages of sonorous bass. It’s dramatic, suspenseful music; what seems human warmth becomes metallic and alien, humid jungles grow from bare stone, breath and bodily pulse morph into air raid sirens and paranoia.” – The WIRE
Carers is abstract electronic music from Sheffield by Robin Barnes, who released the "...it's Eternity, Ester"/Easter 12" this summer. For this show at Cafe Oto they will be playing a live sampler set of all new material.