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.

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Another Timbre

Another Timbre label presents three days of music from across the roster, including the UK premiere of Linda Catlin Smith's 'Dirt Road' on the Wednesday, music from Canada and Switzerland for saxophone quartet, for solo piano, and saxophone quartet and sinewaves on the Thursday, and an evening of string trios, duos and…

Wed 3 May

£10; £8 adv / 020 7923 1231

Thu 4 May

£10; £8 adv / 020 7923 1231

Fri 5 May

£10; £8 adv / 020 7923 1231

Daniel Bachman

Psychedelic country / Americana guitarist and multi-instrumentalist.

Mon 1 May

£7.70 / 020 7923 1231

With Jake Xerxes Fussell.

Dead Plants And Living Objects

A collaborative sound installation/concert by the artists Rie Nakajima and Pierre Berthet who have been creating various ways to vibrate objects so that their acoustic shadows dance around the space.

Wed 10 May

£5 / 020 7923 1231

Dirty Electronics: Violations III

Experimental electronica focusing on shared experiences, ritual, gesture, touch and social interaction with John Richards, Claude Heiland-Allen, Eden Grey, Suso Flores and Crowley Engel II.

Sat 27 May

£6; £5 adv / 020 7923 1231

Half Japanese

Five-piece art punk band formed by brothers Jad and David Fair.

Thu 1 Jun

£22; £20 adv ( £18) / 020 7923 1231

A Homage To Cornelius Cardew

The cellist Ute Kanngiesser and the pianist and composer John Tilbury perform the first part of Tiger's Mind, entitled Nightpiece.

Sun 30 Apr

£8; £6 adv / 020 7923 1231

Howe Gelb Piano Trio

The American trio plays a unique blend of blues, rock, jazz and country music.

Sat 13 May

£22 / 020 7923 1231

Japan Blues: Howard Williams & Akari Mochizuki

The DJ plays vintage Japanese tracks from the 1930s to the 1980s. Plus a performance by the professional enka singer Akari Mochizuki.

Wed 24 May

John Chantler, Seymour Wright And Steve Noble

The master of electronics teams up with the saxophonist and the drummer to perform as a trio.

Sun 7 May

£10; £8 adv ( £6) / 020 7923 1231

Julie Kjaer 3

Trio led by the Danish saxophonist featuring Steve Noble and John Edwards play improv jazz numbers.

Wed 21 Jun

£8; £6 adv ( £4) / 020 7923 1231

Kim Myhr And Lasse Marhaug

Two leading members of Norway's thriving new music scene perform as a duo following the release of their debut album together, On The Silver Globe.

Wed 31 May

£8; £6 adv ( £4) / 020 7923 1231

Limpe Fuchs And Evan Parker

Debut London performance for the avant garde music duo. Support comes from the duo of Andie Brown and Kelly Jones of Part Wil Horses Mane on Both Sides.

Sun 28 May

£10; £8 adv ( £6) / 020 7923 1231

LN Sisters

Violinists hailing from an illustrious family of musicians, Lalitha and Nandini have the privilege of being the fourth generation of musicians in their family.

Sun 30 Apr

£10; £8 adv ( £6) / 020 7923 1231

Lori Goldston And Laura Cannell

The exceptional string musicians play solo sets followed by a very special duo performance.

Wed 10 May

£10; £8 adv ( £6) / 020 7923 1231

Man Forever

The Brooklyn-based multi-instrumentalist, composer and writer John Colpitts, aka Kid Millions, explores the outer limits of drum performance. With support from Tique and Petrels.

Mon 22 May

£12; £10 adv ( £8) / 020 7923 1231

Marc Ribot

Ribot's guitar performances are unpredictable events which may draw on all of his past recordings or none of them, creating a sonic matrix of memory, free improvisation, zeitgeist, extra-terrestrial radio signals, and much more

Thu 11 May

£22; £20 adv ( £16) / 020 7923 1231

Fri 12 May

£22; £20 adv ( £16) / 020 7923 1231

Matschulat

Adam Matschulat is a sound artist and composer from Sao Paulo, Brasil. He will be presenting new work titled Confusion Pt I Of III. Support comes from Luca Nasciuti and Rocio Cano Valino.

Sun 14 May

£8; £6 adv / 020 7923 1231

Midnight Mines

The outfit plays experimental noise and soundscapes with support from Mosquitoes.

Sat 20 May

£6; £5 adv / 020 7923 1231

Nots

NOTS are a 4 piece, all XX, nuevo no wavo band from Memphis, TN. Unpredictable guitars, celestial synths, and punctuated vocals swirl around the repetition of a powerful rhythm section to form a sound and a live show not easily classifiable but entirely addictive. Drummer Charlotte Watson and guitarist / frontwoman…

Wed 7 Jun

£8.80 / 020 7923 1231

Nots

Nots are playing a series of European shows and festivals early this summer following the release of 2016's album 'Cosmetic.' This will be the first time Nots have played tracks from this record. For the sheer energy, Cosmetic provides an urgent antidote to US indie's synthy nu-gaze myopia. Q Magazine The band…

Wed 7 Jun

£8 / 020 7923 1231

Pat Thomas And Mattias Risberg

A rare treat in the form of a debut OTO outing for the double-keys, improvising duo.

Mon 15 May

£10; £8 adv ( £6) / 020 7923 1231

Plus-Minus Ensemble & Juliet Fraser

The ensemble and guest soprano perform contemporary classical works.

Thu 18 May

£10; £8 adv / 020 7923 1231

Psychic TV: In The Shadow Of The Sun

Genesis Breyer P-Orridge presents a reinterpretation of the soundtrack to Derek Jarman's 1981 film.

Tue 23 May

£25 phone for availability; £20 adv / 020 7923 1231

Richard Frances, Contra Legem And Marx Freud

Three solo performances featuring Contra Legem's live solo project around the synchronisation of six gameboys.

Sun 4 Jun

£8; £6 adv ( £4) / 020 7923 1231

Sarah Davachi And John Chantler

An electronic and electroacoustic performance from the talented musicians.

Mon 29 May

£8; £6 adv ( £4) / 020 7923 1231

Scenatet Ensemble

The experimental ensemble performs Benjamin Oliver's Mr. Turquoise Synth.

Tue 2 May

£9; £7 adv ( £6) / 020 7923 1231

The Scorpios

Originally from Central Sudan but now based in London, the foursome performs its self-penned contemporary world music.

Fri 23 Jun

£12; £10 adv ( £8) / 020 7923 1231

The Space Lady

The singer and musician from Colorado performs her unique space music, synth pop, and psychedelic pop.

Tue 20 Jun

£11 / 020 7923 1231

Tamikrest

Desert blues band from Mali.

Tue 9 May

Prices to be confirmed / 020 7923 1231

Tasos Stamou, Stephanos Chytiris And Thodoris Ziarkas

The electroacoustic music composer and performer, the improv drummer and percussionist plus the double bassist present collaborative experimental and electro works.

Telebossa

The duo of Chico Mello and Nicholas Bussmann create an interplay between musical cultures and present an exploration of samba, jazz and chamber music.

Wed 17 May

£10; £8 adv ( £6) / 020 7923 1231

Toshimaru Nakamura & Martin Taxt

Havard Volden and Toshi Nakamura are releasing their first CD together this fall on the British Record label, Another Timbre. The music was recorded live at the festival Fri Resonans in Trondheim, Norway. Havard Volden is an active player from the new generation of Norwegian improvisers. Together with his 12-string…

Mon 8 May

£10; £8 adv ( £6) / 020 7923 1231

A Tribute To Pauline Oliveros

Artists pay tribute to the American composer, accordionist and central figure in the development of experimental and post-war electronic art music.

Tue 30 May

£10; £8 adv ( £6) / 020 7923 1231

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