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.
  • Email
  • 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.

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There are 49 events at this location

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The Alasdair Roberts Trio

The Glasgow-based songwriter performs interpretations of traditional ballads and original songs with his trio featuring guitarist Stevie Jones and Alex Nielson on drums.

Thu 23 Feb

£13.20 some concessions / 020 7923 1231

Alexis Taylor, Charles Hayward And Pat Thomas

A one-off evening centred around the piano, with sets from the Hot Chip vocalist, guitarist and keyboardist, This Heat's drummer and the jazz pianist from Black Top; followed by a set from the three musicians together.

Wed 22 Feb

£10; £8 adv ( £6) / 020 7923 1231

Alterations

A performance by the four-piece musical group. With support from Mandhira De Saram and Blanca Regina.

Sat 21 Jan

£8; £6 adv ( £4) / 020 7923 1231

The Art Ensemble Of Chicago

The avant-garde jazz ensemble performs a variety of styles using many instruments, costumes and face-paint during their performance.

Wed 1 Feb

£40 >phone for availability; £38 adv, >phone for availability (£35 >phone for availability) / 020 7923 1231

Thu 2 Feb

£40 >phone for availability; £38 adv, >phone for availability (£35 >phone for availability) / 020 7923 1231

Fri 3 Feb

£40 >phone for availability; £38 adv, >phone for availability (£35 >phone for availability) / 020 7923 1231

Christine Sun Kim

The American sound artist uses the medium of sound through technology, performance and drawing. With support from Plus Minus, Cassandra Miller, and Julier Fraser.

Tue 7 Feb

£9; £7 adv ( £6) / 020 7923 1231

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David Burraston And John Edwards & Tom Wheatley: Yoke II Tape Launch

Experimental electro from the founding member of the Electronic Music Foundation Institute, the double bassist and the double bassist and electric bass player.

Tue 14 Feb

Dead Days Beyond Help & John Russell

A unique meeting between the avant-rock duo and the improv guitar great.

Mon 23 Jan

£8; £6 adv ( £4) / 020 7923 1231

The Gavin Bryars Ensemble

The ensemble performs string and vocal pieces, including The North Shore, The Island Chapel and Epilogue From Wonderlawn.

Sun 22 Jan

£18 / 020 7923 1231

Genesis Breyer P-Orridge/Aaron Dilloway

A rare pairing of singular singer-songwriter, musician, poet, performance artist, and occultist, and the noise artist and Wolf Eyes founder.

Mon 6 Feb

£14–£18 phone for availability / 020 7923 1231

Graham Lambkin

The New York-based multidisciplinary artist performs with Aine O'Dwyer. Support is Mark Vernon plus DJ Lowkey.

Thu 9 Mar

£18 ( £14) / 020 7923 1231

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Graham Lambkin

The New York-based multidisciplinary artist performs with Joe McPhee. Support is Hazzari plus DJ Lowkey.

Fri 10 Mar

£12; £10 adv ( £8) / 020 7923 1231

Grimm Grimm

Koichi Yamanoha from Tokyo but resident in London, performs under the eponymous title in his experimental folk-pop project. Le Volume Courbe, Pollyannna Valentine and Adrena Adrena support.

Thu 26 Jan

£8.80 / 020 7923 1231

Irene Kurka

The acclaimed German soprano, Irene Kurka presents an eclectic programme of works from Antoine Beuger, Eva-Maria Houben, Christopher Fox, Thomas Stiegler and James Weeks.

Tue 21 Mar

£8; £6 adv ( £4) / 020 7923 1231

Japan Sound Portrait

A multimedia project building a variety of aural representations of the country, from a sound map phone application to virtual reality experiences, founded by BBC Radio 3 DJ and Musicity founder Nick Luscombe and KanZeOn film co-director/producer Neil Cantwell.

Thu 16 Mar

£10; £8 adv ( £6) / 020 7923 1231

Jerman/Barnes

The sound artists Jeph Jerman and Tim Barnes perform ambient music. With support from Ashley Paul, Mark Wastell, John Butcher, and Graham Dunning.

Tue 21 Feb

£10; £8 adv ( £6) / 020 7923 1231

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Jimi Tenor

The musician and composer from Finland performs his experimental originals.

Sat 28 Jan

£12; £10 adv ( £8) / 020 7923 1231

JK Flesh

Experimental music with a wide range of influences from the one-time member of Napalm Death, Justin K. Broadrick.

Fri 27 Jan

£14; £12 adv ( £8) / 020 7923 1231

Klara Lewis And Phaedra Ensemble Performs Leo Chadburn

The critically acclaimed sound sculptress and the experimental collective perform composer Leo Chadburn's The Indistinguishables.

Tue 7 Mar

£9; £7 adv ( £6) / 020 7923 1231

Kristin Anna Valtysdottir

A performance by the Icelandic vocalist and classically trained multi-instrumentalist. With support from Ilan Volkov.

Thu 16 Feb

£10; £8 adv ( £6) / 020 7923 1231

Lula Pena

The reclusive Portuguese singer, composer, guitarist and poet performs a selection of her original works.

Sat 11 Mar

£14; £12 adv ( £10) / 020 7923 1231

Sun 12 Mar

£14; £12 adv ( £10) / 020 7923 1231

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Maoupa Mazzocchetti

Experimental and dance music by the Brussels based producer. With support from Raum-Zeit, Jamka, Carlos Garate and Claire Voyant.

Sun 19 Feb

£10; £8 adv ( £6) / 020 7923 1231

Mike Cooper, Typhonian Highlife And People Like Us

The veteran Reading-born musician performs his folk-blues and experimental music alongside a selection of collaborators.

Tue 28 Feb

£12; £10 adv ( £8) / 020 7923 1231

Modern Ritual

A night of new performances exploring ideas of ritual through music and words, evoking real and fictional landscapes. Featuring solo sets from Charles Hayward, Laura Cannell and Hoofus, a new collaboration between Laura & Charles and a new performance/talk by Jennifer Lucy Allan and a reading from Luke Turner.

Fri 17 Mar

£12; £10 adv ( £8) / 020 7923 1231

N.M.O

The duo featuring drummer and producer Morten J. Olsen and Mediterranean Ruben Patino deliver experimental music.

Sat 4 Feb

£10; £8 adv ( £6) / 020 7923 1231

Nate Wooley

The American trumpeter performs improvisations with Evan Parker, followed by a set with saxophonist Seymour Wright.

Sun 5 Feb

£8; £6 adv ( £4) / 020 7923 1231

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Norberto Lobo

Performance by the acoustic guitar player from Lisbon. Support is Chris Cundy who plays his new work, The Disruptive Forest for solo bass clarinet.

Mon 20 Mar

£10; £8 adv ( £6) / 020 7923 1231

Olivia Block

Performance by the Chicago-based media artist and contemporary composer.

Wed 8 Feb

£12; £10 adv ( £8) / 020 7923 1231

Pekka Airaksinen

The composer from Finland performs his own experimental electronica. Support from Iku Sakan.

Fri 20 Jan

£12; £10 adv ( £8) / 020 7923 1231

Pelt And Mike Gangloff With Matt Peyton And Nathan Bowles

Improvised symphonies featuring solo performances from individual members and collaborative works.

Fri 17 Feb

Pelt And Mike Gangloff With Matt Peyton And Spiral Joy Band

Improvised symphonies featuring solo performances from individual members and collaborative works.

Sat 18 Feb

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Peter Hammill

The London-born musician and Van Der Graaf Generator founder performs a selection of his uncompromising original compositions.

Thu 2 Mar

£20 phone for availability / 020 7923 1231

Fri 3 Mar

£20 phone for availability / 020 7923 1231

Sat 4 Mar

£20 phone for availability / 020 7923 1231

Rodrigo Amado, Joe Mcphee, Kent Kessler And Chris Corsano

The Portugese saxophonist performs free jazz alongside the trumpeter and saxophonist, the double bassist and the drummer.

Mon 6 Mar

£12; £10 adv ( £8) / 020 7923 1231

Ross Manning

A performance by the Australian visual and sound artist who uses everyday objects within his work. With support from Graham Dunning and Dan Hayhurst, Sally Golding and DJ Spatial.

Thu 19 Jan

£8; £6 adv ( £4) / 020 7923 1231

Sacred Paws

Post-punk and Afro-pop influences.

Sun 29 Jan

£6; £5 adv ( £3) / 020 7923 1231

Seamus Cater, Leo Svirsky And Howard Skempton

An evening of free-reed instruments in new music featuring the Amsterdam-based English musician and concertina player and accordion sets from the American composer and improviser, Svirsky and English composer Skempton.

Sat 25 Feb

£8; £6 adv ( £4) / 020 7923 1231

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Simon Fisher Turner

The musician, composer and producer based in London performs his style of pop, experimental and glam rock. With support from turntablist Shiva Feshareki.

Tue 31 Jan

£10; £8 adv ( £6) / 020 7923 1231

Sindre Bjerga, Claus Poulsen, Kieron Piercy, Tom White, Tom Bench And Phil Julian

Experimental noise and electro duo and trio performances from the musicians.

Slapp Happy

British/German trio consisting of Anthony Moore, Peter Blegvad and Dagmar Krause perform avant-pop. With support from Faust.

Fri 10 Feb

£30 >phone for availability; £28 adv, >phone for availability (£26 >phone for availability) / 020 7923 1231

Sat 11 Feb

£30 >phone for availability; £28 adv, >phone for availability (£26 >phone for availability) / 020 7923 1231

The Spirit Farm

The sextet brings together a group of musicians to play improvised and free jazz. They work as a group and in smaller units throughout the performance.

Sun 5 Mar

£8; £6 adv ( £4) / 020 7923 1231

Stick In The Wheel Present From Here: English Folk Field Recordings

The raw and uncompromising folk group from London present the launch of their latest album - a collaborative field recording project with some of the best loved names in English folk music. Featuring Fay Hield, Jon Boden and more.

Sat 18 Mar

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Stick In The Wheel Present From Here: English Folk Field Recordings

The raw and uncompromising folk group from London present the launch of their latest album - a collaborative field recording project with some of the best loved names in English folk music. Featuring Peta Webb, Ken Hall and more.

Sun 19 Mar

Tanya Tagaq

Inuk punk.

Tue 24 Jan

£12 / 020 7923 1231

Thomas Ankersmit

The musician and installation artist with bases in Berlin and Amsterdam performs his electronic originals on Serge analogue modular synthesiser.

Wed 18 Jan

£12; £10 adv ( £8) / 020 7923 1231

Tom Jackson / Ashley-John Long / Benedict Taylor / Keith Tippett Quartet

The group performs its contemporary jazz originals. Support comes from Julie Tippetts And Mark Wastell.

Tue 17 Jan

UnicaZurn

The two musicians David Knight and Stephen Thrower collaborate in this electronica project.

Wed 25 Jan

£8; £6 adv ( £5) / 020 7923 1231

The Vocal Constructivists: Lullaby For Pauline: A Concert Commemorating The Life And Work Of Pauline Oliveros

The vocal group pays tribute to the American composer, philosopher, writer, activist, and visionary's life and work in a wide-ranging programme that draws from over six decades of her career.

Xenia Pestova

The contemporary pianist performs works by experimental music artists Alvin Curran, Alvin Lucier and Gayle Young.

Mon 13 Feb

£10; £8 adv ( £6) / 020 7923 1231

Yan Jun, Lo Wie, Seijiro Murayama And Ryu Hankil

Improvised and experimental material from the four musicians created with objects by Wie and Hankil, voice and percussion by Murayama and voice and electronics from Jun.

Mon 27 Feb

£8; £6 adv ( £4) / 020 7923 1231

Yugenism: Animated Soundscapes Of The Japanese Sublime

An experimental music and animation project fronted by British producer and sound artist Verity Lane who has collaborated with three animators and one traditional Japanese dancer to create four sonic installations that present an alternative take on classical Japanese music.

Sun 26 Feb

£10; £8 adv ( £6) / 020 7923 1231

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