Cafe Oto

Cafe Oto
18–22 Ashwin Street, London, E8 3DL
  • Telephone 020 7923 1231
  • Opening times Mon–Fri 8.30am–5.30pm; Sat 9.30am–5.30pm; Sun 10.30am–5.30pm but evening performances differ.
  • Bar open .
  • Food served Mon–Fri 8.30am–5.30pm; Sat 9.30am–5.30pm; Sun 10.30am–5.30pm.
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  • Website www.cafeoto.co.uk
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Not your typical London live venue, Cafe Oto is for the adventurous, hosting live performances by the likes of anti-folk singer Diane Cluck, Hungarian composer Ákos Rózmann, and all manner of world, free-improvised and experimental music. It boasts a shop that sells CDs by Derek Bailey and books by Cornelius Cardew, and by day its café serves contemporary Persian food from cook Soli Zardosht (signature dish: saffron orange chicken.) The cafe closes at 5.30pm only on days when there's an evening performance, to give time for a soundcheck; on both concert and non-concert days, the bar is open until 12.30am.

The nearest Tube stations are Dalston Kingsland and Dalston Junction (Overground), and the nearest bus routes are 30, 38, N38, 67, 76, 149, N149, 56, 277 and 242.

Events at this venue

There are 20 events at this location

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Caroline Kraabel

The London-based saxophonist-composer, accompanied by John Edwards, double bass, Maggie Nicols, voice and taps, Mark Sanders, percussion and the pre-recorded voice of Robert Wyatt perform her work Last, plus an improvised set.

Mon 11 Dec

£10; £8 adv ( £6) / 020 7923 1231

  • 19:30

Faust

The German krautrock band, originally formed in 1971, performs a selection of music from throughout its career.

Sat 25 Nov

£20; £18 adv; £50 all 3 days, adv (£16; £45 all 3 days) / 020 7923 1231

  • 19:30

Sun 26 Nov

£20; £18 adv; £50 all 3 days, adv (£16; £45 all 3 days) / 020 7923 1231

  • 19:30

Mon 27 Nov

£20; £18 adv; £50 all 3 days, adv (£16; £45 all 3 days) / 020 7923 1231

  • 19:30

Gozo Yoshimasu & Kukangendai

The poet and experimental rock trio, both from Japan, join forces for a collaborative performance.

Sat 2 Dec

£12; £10 adv ( £8) / 020 7923 1231

  • 19:30

John Butcher, Angharad Davies, Matt Davis, Dominic Lash And Dimitra Lazaridou-Chatzigoga

The saxophonist leads the experimental ensemble with its original material.

Tue 12 Dec

£10; £8 adv ( £6) / 020 7923 1231

  • 19:30

John Wall, Mark Sanders & John Edwards

The musicians collaborate on a set of experimental pieces. Support from Theo Burt, Xname and Tom Mudd.

Fri 24 Nov

£10; £8 adv ( £6) / 020 7923 1231

  • 19:30

Konstrukt

The free jazz five-piece are here joined by Alexander Hawkins, Alan Wilkinson and Daniel Spicer for this show.

Wed 22 Nov

£12; £10 adv ( £8) / 020 7923 1231

  • 19:30

Laraaji

The multi-instrumentalist from Philadelphia performs his new age material. Support from Carlos Nino.

Sun 19 Nov

£16; £14 adv ( £10) / 020 7923 1231

  • 14:30

Lydia Lunch Retrovirus

The singer-songwriter from New York fronts her no-wave, noise and avant-garde quartet. Supported by Gabi Losoncy.

Thu 30 Nov

£18; £16 adv ( £12) / 020 7923 1231

  • 19:30

A Man In A Room, Gambling

A collaboration between the Spanish visual artist Juan Munoz and British composer Gavin Bryars, A Man In a Room Gambling comprises ten mesmerising pieces on the art of slight of hand and how to cheat at cards.

Fri 19 Jan 2018

£18 / 020 7923 1231

  • 19:30

Fri 26 Jan 2018

£18 / 020 7923 1231

  • 19:30

Fri 2 Feb 2018

£18 / 020 7923 1231

  • 19:30

Michaela Grill / Philip Jeck / Karl Lemieux

Austrian video artist Michaela Grill, Canadian filmmaker Karl Lemieux and British turntablist Philip Jeck present a unique and improvised audiovisual performance in which image and sound, analogue and digital elements are synergistically interwoven. Support from Biliana Voutchkova and Rie Nakajima.

Mon 20 Nov

£12; £10 adv ( £8) / 020 7923 1231

  • 19:30

Molto

The German musician Lorenz Lindner performs his experimental electronica originals. Support from Kassem Mosse.

Wed 29 Nov

£14; £12 adv ( £10) / 020 7923 1231

  • 19:30

Monika Werkstatt

Gudrun Gut leads the German ensemble as they perform their experimental music material. Support from La Leif.

Sun 19 Nov

£10; £8 adv ( £6) / 020 7923 1231

  • 19:30

Music For Bass Clarinets

Tim Hodgkinson, Chris Cundy, Yoni Silver, Jason Alder, Heather Roche and Shadanga Duo perform a programme of new and contemporary pieces by Ton de Leeuw, Georges Aperghis, Christian Wolff, Iancu Dumitrescu, Francisco Castillo, Michelle Lou, Rebecca Saunders, Luis Aguirre, Hannes Kerschbaumer and Thanos Chrysakis.

Sun 10 Dec

£8; £6 adv ( £4) / 020 7923 1231

  • 19:30

Patty Waters

The Santa Cruz-based vocalist performs her avant-garde and free jazz material.

Wed 6 Dec

£28; £25 adv; £45 both days, adv (£22; £40 both days) / 020 7923 1231

  • 19:30

Thu 7 Dec

£28; £25 adv; £45 both days, adv (£22; £40 both days) / 020 7923 1231

  • 19:30

Richard Youngs

The Glasgow-based artist performs his experimental pieces that incorporate prog and folk influences, amongst others.

Sun 3 Dec

£10; £8 adv ( £6) / 020 7923 1231

  • 19:30

Roy Montgomery

The London-born, New Zealand-based guitarist and composer, brings his post-rock originals to the stage. Support from Alexander Tucker.

Thu 23 Nov

£12; £10 adv ( £8) / 020 7923 1231

  • 19:30

Stella Chiweshe

Mbira musician from Zimbabwe.

Tue 28 Nov

£12; £10 adv ( £8) / 020 7923 1231

  • 19:30

Sylvie Courvoisier & Mark Feldman

The Swiss pianist and American violinist join forces to perform experimental sounds inspired by neo-classical influences.

Fri 1 Dec

£14; £12 adv ( £10) / 020 7923 1231

  • 19:30

Thomas Buckner

The baritone performs Sam Ashley's Ear Of The Beholder, Eye Of The Storm, Benefit Of The Doubt, Annea Lockwood's Duende, Alvin Lucier's Music For Baritone And Slow Sweep Pure Wave Oscillators and Phill Niblock's As Yet Untitled.

Tue 21 Nov

£10; £8 adv ( £6) / 020 7923 1231

  • 19:30

The Transcendence Orchestra

The pairing of Anthony Child and Daniel Bean performs its experimental electronica originals. Support from Jo Johnson.

Thu 14 Dec

£17; £15 adv ( £13) / 020 7923 1231

  • 19:30

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