4–7 September 2019

Photo by Dawid Laskowski

Peter Brötzmann Festival

Thrilled to host a very special four-day festival celebrating the great Peter Brötzmann and his decade long relationship with Cafe OTO. Having played one of the first residencies in the venue, Peter has helped shape and define our programme over the past ten years; presenting a seminal body of work here from residencies with his Chicago Tentet to performances with artists spanning Keiji Haino to Heather Leigh to William Parker and Hamid Drake, as well as new relationships with UK-based musicians.

In keeping with Peter's restless creativity, this festival covers a broad sonic range. First-time collaborations with Matana Roberts and Camille Emaille sit alongside alongside long-term collaborations going back over half a century. Some of these all-time classic groupings have never happened at OTO before, such as Peter's longstanding duo with Han Bennink that spawned the seminal Ein Halber Hund Kann Nicht Pinkeln and Schwarzwaldfahrt LPs (now both over 40 years old) and his classic trio with Han and Alexander von Schlippenbach. We're also pleased to be able to revisit fertile collaborations that first occurred at OTO; Pat Thomas having been invited to perform with Peter at his first ever shows here.

The through-line that Peter has created here runs from OTO's earliest beginnings and has been incredibly important in shaping where we are today; in this festival we celebrate Peter and his work.