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Organ Octet / Jodi Cave / Tom Hall – CAFE OTO 23/7

THURSDAY 23rd July 2009 – CAFE OTO

8pm : £5

ROOM40 presents:
Organ Octet
Organ Octet is a special one off performance for 8 reed organs featuring John Chantler and Carina Thorén (For Barry Ray), Matt Nicholson and Pascal Babare (Function), Dom Garwood (Ladywoodsman), Luke Garwood, Dale Berning and Bradford Bailey.

Jodi Cave (UK / 12k)
12k recording artist heads down from Glasgow for a set of gorgeous electronic detail.

Tom Hall (AU / Presto?!)
Catch Tom as part of his first European jaunt. Hall’s eclectic works stretches across mediums whilst retaining a strong focus on elements of the ‘everyday’ with considered explorations into place, space and time…




a big thanks to everyone who came out on wednesday night and made it such a sweet good time.  extra thanks to matt, pas, byron, noriko and lawrence for playing, will for being a totally great guy to work with, hamish and keiko for running the most comfortable venue to be and play in london, and last but not least, Carina for helping keep shit together, running the merch stall, filming, baking cake and being generally wonderful.

Such a privelege to play to a sold out cafe oto with a good bunch of friends.

I’m just listening back to recordings and will salvage what i can from the sets to share with folks.  if anyone has their own recordings/pictures etc then drop me an email: john@inventingzero.net  – Carina was filming on lawrence’s camera, so hopefully we can get some of that up on youtube in the new year when lawrence is back from the amazon!



Tomorrow night

Hi folks!

Pre-sale tickets for the show at Cafe Oto are now SOLD OUT.  The will be approximately 60 tickets available on the night from 8pm when doors open.  PLEASE COME EARLY!

Lawrence will be starting things off at 8.30ish then FUNCTION then NORIKO, LAWRENCE and I to finish things off.


We’ll have most of the room40 catalogue available on the night for silly prices.  The two Noriko CDs for £8ea and everything else for £7 or 2 discs for a tenner.  stock up!


you might have seen Carina’s gorgeous lino-cut poster up at Cafe OTO.  She’s done an edition of 40 and there will be a few on sale on the night…

last night…

nice jamming last night with matt and pascal of ye olde Function Ensemble…  we have a couple of hours worth of gold & chaos now from a bunch of separate sessions…  will be great fun turning it into something. Much respect to their downstairs neighbour for not getting violent when it probably sounded like we were about to come crashing through the ceiling above them.

tools of the trade...


Super-stoked that this will be going ahead…

Tujiko Noriko + Lawrence English + John Chantler (trio)
Lawrence English (solo)

8pm | £7 | www.wegottickets.com/event/37800

ROOM40 presents a one-off trio performance from Tujiko Noriko, Lawrence English and John Chantler to celebrate the release of their album ‘U’ – a record of orbiting themes, esoteric lyrical wordplays and warm analog-infused song-forms.

Following on from the acclaimed ‘Blurred In My Mirror (ROOM40, 2005), ‘U’ is a record of phases and exchanges between Paris and Brisbane over a three year period – a swelling passage through the rare and exotic reality Tujiko Noriko evokes through her curiously dream-like songs.  U is by far one of Noriko’s most affecting records. It’s also one of her most eclectic, littered with songs that tell of moments of absolute loss and unrelenting ecstasy.

U is released in the UK on 27th October 2008 on ROOM40.

Lawrence English
Lawrence English is media artist, composer and curator based in Brisbane, Australia. Working across a broad range of aesthetic investigations, English’s work is eclectic and characterises a long-term exploration into various themes including audio/visual environments, found sound/vision, subtle transformation of public space and ephemeral art works that exist at the very edges of perception.

English’s imprint and multi-arts organisation ROOM40 maintains a steady release schedule from an eclectic array of Australian and international artists.

Lawrence’s latest record ‘Kiri No Oto’  – a simple but exultant sidestep towards more ravishing textures – was released on acclaimed UK label Touch to resounding praise.

…A great piece of subconscious architecture.

What makes Kiri No Oto work so spectacularly well (and it is a spectacular album) is that no matter what situation I’ve listened to it in and no matter what sort of sound system I use, it still sounds phenomenal.

English draws from an amazing sonic-color palette, his sounds fluid, vaporous, and shimmering, his application of field-recordings from the world over amazingly transporting.

The brainchild of semi-nomadic mystical wanderer Matt Nicholson, Function make a rare appearance in London to preview songs and sounds from their forthcoming record on Locust: “Galeria de la Luz”.

…stretches the ethereality of dream pop into blissout, as strings, wordless vocals, and guitar bleed together in swatches of psychedelic color…Function argue convincingly that sometimes you have to leave the planning behind and go on instinct.

Dusted Magazine:
Almost impossibly beautiful

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