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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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

Bob Theil

A Scottish-born folk-rock singer-songwriter and guitarist, steeped in the tradition of the great acoustic troubadours from the UK scene circa 1965 and onwards.

Sun 16 Apr

£8; £6 adv ( £4) / 020 7923 1231

Cath And Phil Tyler

The Newcastle-based pair performs Anglo-American folk songs.

Thu 13 Apr

£8; £6 adv ( £4) / 020 7923 1231

Daniel Bachman

Psychedelic country / Americana guitarist and multi-instrumentalist.

Mon 1 May

£7.70 / 020 7923 1231

With Jake Xerxes Fussell.

FIS & Rob Thorne

The duo of New Zealand-born, Berlin-based producer Ollie Peryman and New Zealand-based musician and anthropologist, Thorne, perform their experimental re-imaginings of indigenous musical traditions. With support from Kepla.

Wed 26 Apr

£12; £10 adv ( £8) / 020 7923 1231

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G.H. (Modern Love)

Experimental soundscapes exploring the space where black metal meets grime via concrete techno. With support from Ramzi and D-A.

Wed 15 Mar

£8; £6 adv ( £4) / 020 7923 1231

Giuseppe Ielasi + Phil Julian

The Italian composer explores complex networks for sound diffusion in relationship to space.

Sun 26 Mar

£8; £6 adv ( £4) / 020 7923 1231

Graham Lambkin

Performance by the New York-based multidisciplinary artist

Thu 9 Mar

£18 ( £14) / 020 7923 1231

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

Fri 10 Mar

£12; £10 adv ( £8) / 020 7923 1231

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

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

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

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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

Junko & Taku Sugimoto

Two great figures from the extreme end of Japan's avant-noise scene.

Mon 13 Mar

£10; £8 adv ( £6) / 020 7923 1231

Keir Neuringer & Matt Wright With Special Guest Evan Parker

The Philadelphia-based saxophonist joins turntablist and composer Wright and fellow sax man Parker, for a performance of tracks from Wright's new album, Speak Cities. Plus DJ Lumpen Nobleman.

Sat 15 Apr

£10; £8 adv ( £6) / 020 7923 1231

King Ayisoba

Ghanaian street-folk trailblazer.

Thu 30 Mar

£13–£15 / 020 7923 1231

With Zea.

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

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Lean Left

Jazz-punk powerhouse quartet of drummer Paal Nilssen-Love, reedsman Ken Vandermark and guitarists Terrie Ex and Andy Moor.

Tue 28 Mar

£14; £12 adv ( £10) / 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

Marc Baron / Pascal Le Gall (Duo) + Alessandra Novaga + Matthew Sullivan

Experimental soundscapes from the French composer, made using tapes and analog processes.

Wed 22 Mar

Mark Ernestus' Ndagga Rhythm Force

Ernestus presents his Dakar-Berlin funk collaboration.

Sat 22 Apr

£18; £16 adv ( £14) / 020 7923 1231

Midori Takada

Minimalist dreamscapes from the veteran Japanese percussionist, influenced by the ceremonial and meditative traditions of her country.

Tue 11 Apr

£16 phone for availability / 020 7923 1231

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Mike Cooper, Typhonian Highlife And People Like Us

Folk-blues and experimental musician from Reading.

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

Moor Mother + Pat Thomas / Orphy Robinson (Duo)

The viscerally charged output of Philadelphia based interdisciplinary artist, Camae Ayewa. Her music is often harsh and strange, projecting both the cathartic anger of punk and the expansive improvisatory spirit of Sun Ra.

Tue 18 Apr

£10; £8 adv ( £6) / 020 7923 1231

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

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

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Nots

The noise-punk outfit from Memphis performs in support of its album Cosmetic.

Wed 7 Jun

£8 / 020 7923 1231

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

Realistic Monk

An experimental collaboration between Carl Stone and Miki Yui, focusing on the creation of deep soundscapes from voices, noises, field recordings and acoustic feedback.

Sun 5 Mar

£10; £8 adv ( £6) / 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

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

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

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

Sat 18 Mar

£18; £15 adv ( £12) / 020 7923 1231

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.

Sun 19 Mar

£18; £15 adv ( £12) / 020 7923 1231

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.

Tamikrest

Desert blues band from Mali.

Tue 9 May

Prices to be confirmed / 020 7923 1231

Ved

Hypnotic, instrumental rock outfit led by Mattias Nihlen. With support from Coldnose and DJ Daun.

Mon 17 Apr

£8; £6 adv ( £4) / 020 7923 1231

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Victor Herrero, Douglas MacGregor

The Spanish guitarist and singer-songwriter promotes his album Astrolabio, with support from London-based Scottish experimental guitar player and composer, MacGregor.

Wed 1 Mar

£8; £6 adv ( £4) / 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.

We Spoke Presents Living Instruments

An experimental performance utilising organic components to produce sound. With support from Explore Ensemble.

Tue 4 Apr

£9; £7 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

Zs + Horse Lords

New York-based avant-garde trio comprised of Sam Hillmer, Patrick Higgins and Greg Fox, together with Baltimore's Horse Lords.

Wed 19 Apr

£12; £10 adv; £18 both days, adv (£8; £15 both days) / 020 7923 1231

Thu 20 Apr

£12; £10 adv; £18 both days, adv (£8; £15 both days) / 020 7923 1231

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